Pet, breed, show what class of kitten to choose?

Have you decided to get a purebred kitten? And most likely, already picked out the breed and gender? Think about it now over his pedigree as, before you say to the owners of the nursery: "we are easier, we are for home."

let's Assume you are not (yet) interested in the exhibition and you don't plan to breed. Well, you're not planning, and your animal? it'll grow. And will require the groom or the bride, filling the apartment with cries of "noting" all the angles. Of course, this is not mandatory scenario, but it is possible. And if you are not prepared mentally to ensure that your pet neutered or spayed, better immediately get a kitten with a good breeding prospect.

Pedigree quality consists mainly of two characteristics of the kitten: compliance with the requirements of the breed standard and origin. Of course, if you are not an expert, to determine the degree of compliance with the kitten standard hard - breeds, and some tribal lines of their own particular development. However, the owner of a good nursery will probably tell which of the kittens the most promising (and they are expensive). And still - do not be lazy to examine the standard of the chosen breed. Pay special attention to the sections "vices" in order at least to prevent egregious errors. Please note: different international associations may have different standards for the same breed or the same breed have different names. Don't forget, on whose standard you are targeting! You can see the standards on the relevant websites of international organizations.

in advertising nurseries often can be meet words: kittens show-, breed - and pet-class. This is classes of rock quality.

class " pet " - Pets-combines animals that do not meet the requirements of modern standards, outdated type, or having disqualifying flaws. If you get a kitten "under castration", do not be afraid of the word "vices" - most of them you you may not even notice, such as a white spot in the groin of the Russian blue or a tiny hook on the tip of the tail of a Thai cat. Class "show" - animals of the highest exhibition quality, which will be able to claim the championship titles. But to determine the class "Brid" is quite difficult. The traditional understanding of this definition-animals, not enough quality for high titles, having certain shortcomings of the exterior, but is suitable for breeding use. But, frankly, one "fitness" is not enough to withstand conditions of breeding competition. Individuals of class "breed" (especially the cats! cats is somewhat simpler) must have other advantages: for example, the origin of the quality of parents whose plemenos potential has not been sufficiently disclosed, or possess rare in the local population and necessary breed characteristic. Animals, which neither externally nor in the pedigree have nothing to boast - not brides. From other side, not every representative of the class "show" will necessarily be a quality manufacturer. He, of course, more amenable to advertising " promotion", but the level of his offspring quickly put everything in its place. So, if you are absolutely not interested in the show, but to breed you do not mind-start an animal with a "Brid" - perspective.

there Is another class of kittens, which you will not find in the literature - kittens, especially valuable for the nursery or club, necessary for the development and improvement of the breed, or - at least - for advertising at exhibitions. The owner of the kennel would be happy to keep them, but he does not have such an opportunity. Under castration of such animals usually do not give, but these kittens can sometimes be a profitable purchase-if you agree to the terms, exhibited by the owner of the nursery, and sign the relevant contract, the prices can be reduced.

Purebred kitten can be bought on the market. But still not worth it-not that there could not buy a good animal, but too great a risk buy bad: sick, not enough breed, with fake documents. Can be purchased at the exhibition. The downside is that you can't see, in any conditions grown kittens. But at the exhibition you can usually get advice from representatives of the club about the prospects you are interested in kitten's. But the best to get a kitten through the club or in the nursery. The club is an organization that brings together owners and breeders of cats and supervises the work of the nurseries belonging to the most breeders (or rather, it is only one of directions of work of club, but we are interested in now is it.) Nursery - that is to say, the enterprise for the breeding of animals (always small and often loss - making).

the Results pedigrees and all documents for kittens is in charge of the club. In Russia (and many other countries) to determine the quality of kittens, obtained in the nurseries, breeders club hold so-called reflect - determine breed quality kittens, the presence or absence defects, hereditary diseases, etc. - and make their data in the stud books (real and virtual). On the basis of breeding books and issued metrics and pedigrees. So arranged many European feline organizations.

Clubs can be United in various international associations, federations, etc. But in the advertising of nurseries you can see the words " direct registration in" -and then some abbreviation. Most likely, before you kennel American type. (Direct registration of the cattery in the European federations means only that the breeder may obtain the documents for kittens in any of the clubs of the Federation without re-registration of our kennel). American Association (and built in their sample) unite the owners of nurseries. The breeder himself presents data on the born in the cattery of the kittens in Central office, where he sent the documents to them (the so-called green cards). There - in Central office - the future owners of kittens on the basis of green cards will be able to order pedigrees. It is clear that no one in the Central office of the kittens of these and never seen. But do not think that such a system opens the way for abuse - in solid American associations, the exhibition system and breeding are organized so that competition is fast weeds out unscrupulous breeders. Another matter, if this Association-a one-day. Therefore, if you are going to buy a kitten in the nursery American type, find out, whether long there are both nursery, and that organization where it is registered.

And finally, another argument in favor of kennels - almost any quality nursery will offer the new owner the kitten consultations on its contents, and often-and aid in veterinary care. The breeder must have documents confirming the origin of each purebred kitten. The new owner of the animal - to take or not to take (to redeem) these documents. If you have an animal "under castration" and are not going to show it at exhibitions, you don't need them. And still better than the documents to take - you never know what will be the circumstances. Purebred cats without papers take a the exhibition, but the breeding clubs them or do not take, or take very unwillingly.

Usually together with kitten you can obtain one of such documents: 1. pedigree, 2.metric ("kotyachi card") or a green card (if this is an American kennel) or a card-the coupon to receive the pedigree. On the basis of any of the last three documents you can order and receive pedigree in the club or Association whose name appears on the document. The difference between the metric and the coupon card: the first have their own numbering system, and the number listed second is the number of pedigrees in the stud book. And another: in the metric usually are nicknames, and breed/color of the parents of the kitten, and in the card-coupon of this information isn't present.

Pedigree - the main document about the origin of the animal, which lists its number in the stud book, a nickname, the breeder, the main characteristics (date of birth, gender, color, breed, etc.), ancestors in 4-5 knees. Naturally, in the pedigree must contain the club (Association), which was an animal is registered and there must be a seal of this organization. Don't believe me if you're told. that kitten pedigree of "not entitled" and you can get its only after evaluation of the exhibition. Club, check the pedigrees, is suspect (or is it a way to hide obtained a tribal marriage, or attempted forcibly "tied" to the new owners to this club). But the breeder does have the right not to order pedigrees for the kittens, content metrics - even bought to new owners. As for the problem of "tribal marriage", that is cats with disqualifying defects, the information about them must be equally present in the pedigree and in the metric. This is usually the stamp "without the right breeding purposes", clearly printed on pedigree (or inscribed in the metric card-ticket). Another thing is that such genealogies are unlikely to need someone...

Two more features reflected in the pedigree and metric. The pedigree number (metric) may contain an additional letter " E" (or, if the numbering pedigrees in the club use the Cyrillic alphabet, "a"). This means, that before you pet experimental a view - or unknown his ancestors for four tribes, or among his ancestors for the same four tribes there are individuals of other breeds (this happens, for example, in the breeding of new breeds and colors). Or, finally, your pet belongs to a breed that does not have yet "full" status (that is, the right to all championship titles) in this felinological Association. In columns "breed" and "color" in the metric or in the card-coupon is often some, not always disclosed, abbreviation. The same you can see in the pedigree in the graphs relating to the ancestors of the kitten, the abbreviation is also frequently not disclosed. These are so-called EMS-codes of breed and color. The abbreviation used depends on the felinological Association, but there are two quite universal ones element - "non" and "x" signs. Used in the color code, they mean the same thing-the color of the animal is not recognized in this breed. To the championship title such an animal can not claim, whatever his other qualities. What to plemenos prospects - it depends on the desirability for this color for this breed. The characters "non" in the code breeds suggests that animal to any breed do not belong. This happens in new and experimental breeds-the kittens deprived of one-two essentially important pedigree signs are leached. Such "mongrel", but originating from good parents, individuals do not participate in exhibitions and are not typically used for breeding (although there are exceptions!).

Some breeders sell their kittens only when signing with the future owner of the contract - determine participation in exhibitions, the use of tribal, the possibility of manifestation of hereditary diseases. In General, whenever the acquisition of kittens when the owner and the breeder assume any additional obligations, it is necessary to draw up a contract certified by the club or even notarized (if it comes to financial calculations). If it is violated in court you hardly someone will drag, but at the level of felinological Association-participation in exhibitions, planned divorce - measures for certain will be taken.

Better to get a kitten, which made all the necessary vaccinations, i.e. 3-4 monthly. At this age, and breed as can be seen better, than a month and a half crumbs. The necessary vaccination against infectious diseases is carried out by the so-called polyvalent vaccine. Vaccination against rabies your kitten probably do not need (if you do not live in a private house and do not take it to the country), but it is-more precisely, the certificate about it - may be required veterinary service. Some polyvalent vaccines include rabies. Vaccination against fungal infections is also desirable diseases (shingles) and chlamydia. All vaccinations made kitten must be marked in his veterinary passport, otherwise you will have to look a way to fill out this passport.

Inna Shustrova, candidate of biological Sciences, felinolog, the expert of the international category WCF