New Breeds

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:

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:

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:

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:

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