NFC-Standard 1999


Head:         triangular, where all sides are equally long;
                with good height when seen in profile;
                forehead slightly rounded; long, straight
                profile without break in line (no stop)
Chin:           firm
Ears:          large, with good width at the base; pointed
                tips; with lynx-like tufts and long hair out of
                the ears. Placement high and open, so that
                the outer lines of the ears follow the line of
                the head down to the chin
Eyes:          large and oval, well opened, set slightly oblique
Expression:   alert expression

Color:          all colours permitted, regardless of coat colour
Body:          Structure long, strongly built; solid bone structure
Legs:           strong, high on legs; hind legs higher than the
                 front legs. Paws large, round, in proportion to
                 the legs
Tail:            long and bushy; should reach at least to the
                 shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck
Coat:           Structure semi-long. The woolly undercoat is
                 covered by a smooth, water repellent upper
                 coat which consists of long, coarse, and glossy
                 hair covering the back and the sides. A fully
                 coated cat has a shirtfront, a full frill and
                 knickerbockers.
Color:           All colours are permitted, including all colours
                 with white; except pointed patterns and chocolate
                 and lilac, cinnamon and fawn. Any amount of
                 white is allowed, i.e., a white blaze, white
                 locket, white chest, white on the belly, white
                 on the paws, etc.
Faults:         General too small and finely built cats
                 Head *round or square head *profile with a
                 break (stop)
                 Ears *small ears *set too widely apart *set too
                 close together
                 Legs short legs
                 Tail short tail
                 Coat  *dry coat *knotted with lumps *too silky
 

Remarks:
Coat is evaluated only on texture and quality.
Very slow maturing of this breed should be taken into account.
Mature males may have broader heads than females.
Length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons.
Kittens can take up to six months of age to develop guard hairs.