Titles and abbreviations

It is possible that you viewed our show results and wondered what on earth all of it means.

We shall try to give a short explanation of the Dutch show system.

 

Please take into regards that these rules apply to the Dutch independent organizations who are affiliated with the NOKK (dutch independent cat judges guild). The fife organizations (Mundikat en Felikat) have rules that are similar but differ on certain parts.


Cats are always Judge by breed, gender, colour and class (age class for kittens and title class for cats 10 months and older).


A cat can acquire:

Abbreviation

Meaning

Explanation

U (or Exc)

Excellent

the kitten/the cat is qualified to be shown and bred.

ZG (or VG)

Very Good

the kitten/the cat is not qualified to be shown, but qualified to be bred with an Excellent partner.

G

Good

the kitten/the cat is not qualified to be show nor bred.

 

In all classes “Excellent” is the highest qualification that can be obtained. When there are more than 1 cat in a class who are “Excellent” a ranking order is given with the qualifications Exc. 1, Exc. 2, Exc. 3 etc.

The cat with an Exc. 1 can than can also be granted his/her title certificate (title point, or whatever you want to name it).

The judge is NOT obligated to give it to the cat with the Exc. 1 his/her title. When he/she believes the concerning cat is Excellent, but not qualified to get the title. We call this “Exc. 1, without title”.

No certificate will be granted to breeds or variaties that are not awknowledged, nor to cats that are younger than 10 months.


Take into regards: A higher, next title can only be obtained when the cat has met the requirements for the lower title(s).

Kittens:

A kitten can be shown from the age of 13 weeks either in the litter class (with atleas 2 litter mates) or in the kitten class (on his own). 

The kitten classes are as follows:

  • Class 3-6 months
  • Class 6-10 months

When more kittens of 1 breed, gender and colour are in the same class the Judge makes an ranking order.

Best kitten becomes Exc. 1, second kitten Exc. 2, third makes Exc. 3 etc.

When there are too many kittens in the same class a Judge can go up to Exc. 4 and than decide to only give “Excellent”.

NB: When kittens have been neutered under the age of 10 months, they have to compete in the age class they belong to. Only when they reach the age of 10 months they will start to compete in the adult neuter class.

Cats older than 10 months:

A cat older than 10 months must recieve the Exc. 1 before possible qualifying for the title point.

Best cat gets Exc. 1, second Exc. 2, third Exc. 3 etc.

When there are too much cats of the same breed, gender or colour in the same class, the Judge can appoint Exc. 1 up to Exc. 4 and after that decide to only give “Excellent”.

 

Title

Explanation abbreviation

Class

Explanation

Unneutered (open)

CAC

Certificat d’Aptitude de Championnat

Open class

(CAC)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1. A cat who has recieved three CAC’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows, has earned the right to the title Champion (CH.)

CACIB

Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté

Champions class

(CACIB)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already a Champion. A cat who has recieved three CACIB’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows in atleast two different countries, has earned the right to the title International Champion (INT. CH.)

CAGCI

Certificat d’Aptitude au Grand Champion International

International Champions class

(CAGCI)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already an International Champion. A cat who has recieved three CAGCI’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows in atleast two different countries, has earned the right to the title Great International Champion (GR. INT. CH.)

CACE

Certificat d’Aptitude au Champion d’Europe

Great International Champions class

(CACE)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already a Great International Champion. A cat who has recieved three CACE’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows in three different countries, has earned the right to the title European Champion (EUR. CH.)

CAGCE

Certificat d’Aptitude au Grand Champion d’Europe

European Champions class

(CAGCE)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already an European Champion. A cat who has recieved four CAGCE’s in the same variety with four different judges at four different shows in four different countries, has earned the right to the title Great European Champion (GR. EUR. CH.)

Honour class

- 

Honor class

 (Exc. 1)

Cats of all breeds who have acquired the title of European Champion/European Premior or higher can compete for Best of Honour Class Longhair, Semi Longhair or Shorthair. Amongst those cats there will also be a Best of Honour Class. Some organisations will let cats who are Great International Champion/ Great International Premior compete in this class also.

Neutered

CAP

Certificat d’Aptitude au Prémior

Neuter class

(CAP)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1. A cat who has recieved three CAP’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows, has earned the right to the title Premior (PR.)

CAPIB

Certificat d’Aptitude au Prémior International de Beauté

Premior class

(CAPIB)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already a Premior. A cat who has recieved three CAPIB’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows in atleast two different countries, has earned the right to the title International Premior (INT. PR.)

CAGPI

Certificat d’Aptitude au Grand Premior International

International Premior class

(CAGPI)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already an International Premior. A cat who has recieved three CAGPI’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows in atleast two different countries, has earned the right to the title Great International Premior (GR. INT. PR.)

CAPE

Certificat d’Aptitude au Premior d’Europe

Great International Premior class

(CAPE)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already a Great International Premior. A cat who has recieved three CAPE’s in the same variety with three different judges at three different shows in three different countries, has earned the right to the title European Premior (EUR. PR.)

CAGPE

Certificat d’Aptitude au Grand Premior d’Europe

European Premior class

(CAGPE)

Can be acquired by cats in this class who have recieved Exc.1 and who are already an European Premior. A cat who has recieved four CAGPE’s in the same variety with four different judges at four different shows in four different countries, has earned the right to the title Great European Premior (GR. EUR. PR.)

Honour class

- 

Honour class

(Exc. 1)

Cats of all breeds who have acquired the title of European Champion/European Premior or higher can compete for Best of Honour Class Longhair, Semi Longhair or Shorthair. Amongst those cats there will also be a Best of Honour Class. Some organisations will let cats who are Great International Champion/ Great International Premior compete in this class also.

Please note: when a cat is not neutered and acquires multiple titels, he/she will keep the highest title after being neutered. But if one wants to show the cat, it will have to start over in the neuter class. 

So e.g. a Great International Champion, gets neutered and starts over in the neuter class for CAP's and than can go on for neuter titles.

When the cat gets to European Premior in the neuter class, it's a Great International Champion AND an European Premior (GR. INT. CH. and EUR. PR.). This cat is allowed the be mentioned with these titles (you will also see these titles in the pedigrees of offspring).


Extra prices:

Next to the title points cats can also win extra prices at shows.

BIV = Best in variety.

Best of your breed in that certain colour.

Most of the time a BIV needs atleast 3 or 5 cats (this depends on the organisation). When there aren't enough cats of the same breed and colour (or when a judge doesn't want to give a certain colour a BIV), the judge can put some colours together to give a BIV. For instance, a BIV for all torties, instead of seperaties BIV's.

When the BIV is won by a small breed (breed with not many cats present), the BIV means: Best of Breed.

It can only be won by cats who have received the Exc. 1 (for kittens Exc. 1 and for cats older than 10 months Exc. 1 + title point).

Cats who win Exc. 3 automatically don't qualify to ever win BIV.

BIV is given above age class, gender and title class. So for a BIV a blue female of 5 months old, a blue male neuter and a blue adult female in the European Champion class can compete against each other.

When there are many cats of the same breed and colour, different groups can be created.

E.g. . BIV BSH Blue kittens AND BIV BSH Blue adults. Or BIV BSH chocolate with high titles AND BIV BSH chocolate low titles.


BIS = Best in Show.

A judge can choose a cat of every class they judge to be nominated for BIS. Of all judges all nominated cats are put together of each class. All judges together choose who they think is best of every class. This cat win BIS. This happens for every division (Shorthair, Semi Longhair en Longhair).

It can only be acquired when a cat has won Exc. 1 (so kittens Exc. 1 and cats older than 10 months Ecx. 1 + title point).

Cats who win Exc. 3 automatically don't qualify to ever win BIS.

The classes are:

  • 3-6 months kitten female
  • 3-6 months kitten male
  • 6-10 months kitten female
  • 6-10 months kitten male
  • Open female
  • Open male
  • Neutered female
  • Neutered male


Please note: when a cat was nominated by a judge for BIS, but doesn't win BIS, we call it: "Nominated Best in Show" (NBIS).


BOB = Best of Best.

Out of all cats who have won BIS one is chosen to be Best of Best.

This cat wins BOB Shorthair, BOB Semi Longhair or BOB Longhair.


BOA = Best Over All.

The three BOB cats are put against each other to be named best cat of them all. That cat wins to be best cat of the show.


When there is a breed special at the show. The breed to which the special is for do NOT compete in the All Breed Best in Show election. That breed has it's own Best in Show and Best of Best election. The BOB cat of the special will compete against the other cats in the BOA (All Breed) election (eventhough this is not the same for every organisation). If there are two breed specials next to the All Breed elections. The BOA election might take place between 5 cats (two BOB from the specials and the thee BOB's from the All Breed divisions).