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The small print

The progression of New Breeds in TICA towards Championship takes several stages and cannot be described as an easy journey. There is no guarantee that the Board will approve an application to advance a breed, even if all the criteria for the next stage are met by the breeders involved.

At each stage, there are specific criteria to meet to show that the breed has distinctive characteristics, is viable and has both a sufficiently large gene pool and a group of active breeders to justify reaching the ultimate goal - Championship status.

The stages that a new breed goes through are:

At each stage after Experimental, representatives of the breed must apply to the Board for advancement and are required to publicise their application in TICA’s magazine "The Trend".  This allows members to comment on the application to their Regional Directors prior to discussion of the application at the relevant Board Meeting.  There is no guarantee that the Board will approve advancement even if all the criteria of the stage are met.

Changes in breed status (e.g. PNB to ANB) are effective only from the beginning of a show year (1 May)

The criteria below are a high level guide - TICA’s Registration Rules provide the definitive set of requirements.

Experimental

Important: This stage is purely for ancestry tracking purposes.  Being on the Experimental Register does not mean that the breed or the breed name is recognised or accepted by TICA.

Formal approval by the Board is not required for a new breed to be placed on the Experimental Register. A breed description, potential unique breed name and a contact person should be supplied to the Executive Office.

Registration Only

(This is also the entry point in the process for breeds at Championship status elsewhere in the Cat Fancy)

Acceptance for Registration Only status implies only that TICA agrees to provide registration facilities for development of the breed in question. There is no explicit or implied guarantee that TICA will accept the breed for championship at any time in the future.

An application to advance from Experimental to Registration Only status must be at least one year since the initial presence of the breed in the Experimental Register.

Criteria to be met include:

  • At least 10 cats of the breed have been registered in the Experimental Register
  • At least 5 litters of the breed have been registered
  • At least 3 TICA members in good standing from at least 2 different Regions are on record as owning cats of the breed
  • The application is approved by both the Genetics and Rules Committees

Following a presentation of the breed to the TICA Board, the Board votes on whether to advance the breed to Registration Only status.

Preliminary New Breed (PNB)

Criteria to be met include:

  • At least two years has passed since the breed was accepted for Registration Only status
  • At least 15 adult cats of the breed have been registered with TICA
  • At least 10 litters of the breed have been registered
  • At least 5 TICA members in good standing from at least 3 different Regions are actively breeding the breed
  • The application is approved by both the Genetics and Rules Committees

Following a presentation of the breed to the TICA Board, the Board votes on whether to advance the breed to PNB status.

PNB status is the first stage in which the breed can be shown in competition in TICA.

Advanced New Breed (ANB)

Criteria to be met include:

  • At least one year has passed since the breed was accepted for PNB status
  • At least 100 adult cats of the breed have been registered with TICA (of which at least 50 cats meet the requirements for the assigned registration category for Championship or have a registration code such that the offspring could be eligible for Championship)
  • At least 25 litters of the breed have been registered
  • At least 25 TICA members in good standing from at least 5 different Regions are actively breeding the breed
  • At least 15 individual cats of the breed have been shown in TICA shows
  • The application is approved by both the Genetics and Rules Committees

Following a presentation of the breed to the TICA Board, the Board votes on whether to advance the breed to ANB status.

Championship

Criteria to be met include:

  • At least one year has passed since the breed was accepted for ANB status
  • At least 200 adult cats of the breed have been registered with TICA (of which at least 100 cats meet the requirements for the assigned registration category for Championship)
  • At least 100 shows at which cats of the breed have been exhibited
  • At least two-thirds of the active judges have judged the breed
  • At least 15 TICA members in good standing from the North American Regions are actively breeding the breed
  • At least 25 individual cats of the breed have been shown in ANB classes (in two-thirds of the North American Regions plus 2 unique cats in each of two International Regions)
  • The application is approved by both the Genetics and Rules Committees

Following a presentation of the breed to the TICA Board, the Board votes on whether to advance the breed to Championship status.

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