To read your cat’s pedigree correctly

To correctly read the pedigree of your cat and to imagine its ancestors, you need to know how it is customary to designate the breed and color of the cat. Here are the most common breed and color codes in the pedigrees of our favorites, used in the FIFe and WCF systems.

Each designation of breeds-color consists of several groups:

breed designation – three uppercase letters (for example, PER, SIB);

designation of the main color – one lowercase letter + lowercase letter “s” for colors of the silver series or “y” for the golden series (for example, n – black, ns – black smoky, ny – black golden).

The rest of the index is written as necessary and consists of pairs of numbers, the first of which indicates the type of feature described (for example, eye color or the presence of white spots in the color), and the second figure characterizes the feature itself.

The number 0 begins the designation of the presence of white in color

with the number 1 begins the designation of the type of typing in silver colors;

with the number 2, the designation of the type of pattern in tabby colors begins;

with the number 3 begins the designation of the type of point color (Burmese, Siamese);

with the number 5 begins the designation of the length of the tail (rocks for which anomalies in the structure of the tail are characteristic, such as manx, bobtail);

with the number 6, the eye color designation begins (indicated mainly for those colors where the eye color may be different: chinchilla, white).


  • 1. Group – Longhair (LH) – Long coat (LH)
  • Persian PER – Persian;
  • Exotic EXO – exotic shorthair.
  • 2. Group – Semilonghair (SLH) – Semi-long wool (PDS)
  • American Curl ACL – American Curl (PDS);
  • Balinese BAL – Balinese No.
  • British longhair BRL – British Longhair No.
  • Sacred birman SBI – Burmese (sacred burma);
  • Scottish fold longhair (Highland Fold) SFL * – high fold
  • Japanese Bobtail JBT – Japanese Bobtail;
  • Karelian Bobtail KAB – Karelian Bobtail (PDS);
  • Kurilian Bobtail KBL – Kurilian Bobtail (PDS);
  • La Perm LPM – laperm;
  • Maine Coon MCO – Maine Coon;
  • Manchkin longhair MNL – Manchkin (LH);
  • Nebelung NEB – Nibelung;
  • Norwegian Forest Cat NFO – Norwegian Forest Cat;
  • Ragdoll RAG – Ragdoll;
  • Selkirk Rex SRX – Selkirk-Rex (PDS);
  • Siberian Cat SIB – Siberian;
  • Snowshoe SNO – snow shu;
  • Neva Masquerade NEV – Neva Masquerade;
  • Somali SOM – Somali;
  • Turkish Angora TUA – Turkish Angora;
  • Turkish Van TUV – Turkish Van;
  • Ural Rex URX – Ural Rex (PDS);
  • York YOR – York;
  • 3. Group – Shorthair Group (SH) – Short coat (KS)
  • Abyssinian ABY – Abyssinian;
  • American Curl ACR – American Curl (KS);
  • American Shorthair ASH – American Shorthair;
  • American Wirehair AWH – American Wirehair;
  • Bengal BEN – Bengali;
  • Bombay BOM – Bombay;
  • British Shorthair BRI – British Shorthair;
  • Burmese Bur – Burmese (Burmese);
  • Burmilla BMI – Burmilla
  • Chartreux CHA – Cartesian (chartreuse);
  • Cornish Rex CRX – Cornish Rex;
  • Devon Rex DRX – Devon Rex;
  • Don Sphinx DSX – Don Sphinx;
  • Egyptian Mau MAU – Egyptian Mau;
  • German Rex GRX – German Rex;
  • Japanese Bobtail JBT – Japanese Bobtail (KS);
  • Karelian Bobtail KAB – Karelian Bobtail (KS);
  • Korat KOR – korat;
  • Kurilian Bobtail KBS – Kurilian Bobtail (KS);
  • Manx MAN – Manx (Manx tailless cat);
  • Manchkin Shorthair MNS – Manchkin (KS);
  • Ocicat OCI – Ocicat;
  • Russian Blue RUS – Russian Blue;
  • Scottish Fold ShorthairSFS – Scottish fold (Scottish fold);
  • Scottish Straight Shorthair SFS 71 – Scottish Shorthair (Scottish Straight);
  • Selkirk Rex Shorthair SRX – Selkirk Rex (KS);
  • Singapura SIN – Singapore;
  • Canadian Sphynx SPH – Canadian Sphinx;
  • Ural Rex URX – Ural Rex (KS);
  • Group – 4. Shorthair Group 2 (SOSH) – Siamese-Oriental Group – Second Shorthair (SOX)
  • Mekong-Bobtail MBT – Mekong Bobtail;
  • Oriental Shorthair ORI, OSH, OKH – Oriental Shorthair;
  • Peterbald PBD – Peterbald;
  • Siamese SIA – Siamese;
  • Thai THA – Thai
  • Tonkinese TON – Tonkin (Tonkinesis).


  • a – blue blue
  • b – chocolate, brown, chestnut chocolate, brown, Havana, champagne
  • c – lilac, lavender lilac, lavender, platinum
  • d – red, flame red
  • e – cream cream
  • f – tortoiseshell, patch tortie
  • g – blue-cream, blue-tortie blue cream, blue tortie
  • h – chocolate tortie chocolate tortie
  • j – lilac-tortie purple tortie
  • n – black, ebony, seal, sable, ruddy black, ebony, force, sable, wild
  • o – sorrel, cinnamon, honey sorrel, cinnamon, honey
  • p – beige fawn tan (beige)
  • q – sorrel tortie red brown tortie
  • r – beige fawn tortie beige tortie
  • s – silver, smoke silver, smoky
  • w – white white
  • x – unregistered unregistered color
  • y – golden golden
  • pairs of numbers starting with 0, 1, 2, 3 give additional information about the color of the cat:
  • starting with 0:
  • 01 – van van
  • 02 – harlequin harlequin
  • 03 – bicolour two-tone, bicolor
  • 04 – mitted / white point with white markings for color points
  • 09 – little white spots 1-2 cm white spot (defective for LH)
  • starting with 1:
  • 11 – shaded shaded (1/4 of the upper part of the hair is darkened)
  • 12 – tipped, shell veiled (1/8 of the upper part of the hair is darkened)
  • starting with 2:
  • 21 – tabby, agouti banding, agouti factor
  • 22 – blotched, marble marble
  • 23 – mackerel, tiger mackerel, brindle
  • 24 – spotted spotted
  • 25 – ticked ticked, or abyssinian
  • starting with 3:
  • 31 – burmese burmese
  • 32 – tonkinese tonkin
  • 33 – himalayan or siam himalayan or siamese – colorpoint
  • Pairs of numbers starting with 5 indicate the length of the tail:
  • 51 – rumpy taillessness
  • 52 – rumpy riser for menks and bobtail tail balance: 1-2 vertebrae
  • 53 – stumpy tail in the form of a bean: 7-13 cm of a folded tail – 3-5 vertebrae
  • 54 – longy long / normal tail for the manks
  • Pairs of numbers starting with 6 indicate eye color:
  • 61 – blue cyan
  • 62 – yellow, golden yellow (orange), copper, golden
  • 63 – oddeyed odds
  • 64 – green green
  • 65 – burmese eye color of burmese cats
  • 66 – tonkinese eye color of Tonkin cats
  • 67 – himalayan or siam eye color of Himalayan and Siamese cats
  • And separately – ears:
  • 71 – Scottish Straight Designation

The sex of the animal is indicated as follows:

1.0 – male

0.1 – female

For instance:

1.0 EXO ns 22 – male exotic shorthair black silver marble

0.1 PER a 23 03 – female persian blue tiger with white

0.1 SFS 71 c – female scottish straight purple

0.1 SFS gs 23 – female scottish fold blue tortie silver tiger

0.1 TUA w 63 – female turkish angora white with odd eyes

1.0 SIA P – male siamese seal point

What else should be in the pedigree

First of all, look at the “cap” of the pedigree.

What emblem is there? WCF (World Cats Federation)? FIFE? CFF? Tica? CFA? Or just the name of an independent club or nursery?

If the pedigree of an independent club (nursery), then it is independent because the rules of generally accepted world systems and standards are not necessary for him.

The pedigree must be signed by the club chairman or an authorized club leader. The signature should be a live stamp of the club that issued the pedigree. In the WCF, pedigrees can be issued by clubs – direct members of the WCF, as well as their sub-clubs. The pedigree must contain information about the club that issued the pedigree.

Now about the “inside” of the pedigree.

It must have a specific number (which matches the number in the studbook of the club and / or association).

The descendants of experimental mating in the pedigree number have the abbreviation EX or RIEX, EPA or something like that.

A purebred animal (that is, having a four-, five-generation “pure” pedigree without unresolved mixes) should not have this.

The name of your animal.

If it is a family tree from a universally recognized system, then it is preferable that it (a family tree) be written in English (as a universally recognized world) language and in Russian (in the sense of a native) language.

The breed of the animal. It can be encoded with and without decryption.

For example, for British Shorthair cats, WCF adopted the BRI encoding, and in other associations, BSH (British ShortHair).

In associations close to German-speaking countries – BKH. For Scottish folds, the coding SFS (for short-haired), SFL (for long-haired) is accepted.

Some associations replace in the coding the last letter, which carries a semantic load along the length of the coat, with the letter “T”. For example, SFT means Scottish fold without specifying the length of the coat. As a rule, the abbreviation for breed is written in capital letters.

Color. If there is an emblem of “European” systems (WCF, FIFE), then the breed and color have a certain encoding. If there is an emblem of American systems (CFF, TICA, CFA), then the breed can be encoded, and the color is described completely about each of the listed relatives of your animal.

Parents. In the pedigree of your animal, his parents must be recorded with the numbers of the pedigree, name, the title (title) of the parent in abbreviated form indicating the breed and color.

The same applies to grandfathers and great-grandfathers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

But the information on great-great-grandfathers (great-great-grandmothers) for the purposes of greater visibility of the genealogy (that is, so that everything fits on one sheet) is often entered already without the number of the genealogy.

This item applies to WCF family trees.

According to FIFE-pedigrees, as a rule, complete information is entered and according to great …

Sometimes, information about the litter is written next to the information about your animal. Then they use the encoding adopted by the judges: (1.0) – boys and (0.1) – girls.

For example, about the litter it is written:

(1.0) SFS a, SFS c, (0.1) SFL c, SFS a.

This means that in the litter, your kitten was born: two boys – Scottish fold short-haired, blue and second purple and two girls – Scottish fold, long-haired, lilac and Scottish fold, short-haired, blue.

As a rule, very brief information about his breeder (name, surname and phone number) is written around the information about your animal.

The list of abbreviations of titles adopted by the WCF:

W.CH. (WCH, W.CH., WC) – World Champion – World Champion.

G.E.CH. (GEC, Gr.Eu.Ch.) – Grand Europian Champion – Great European Champion.

E.CH. (EC) – European Champion.

G.I.CH (GR.INT.CH., GIC, etc.) – Grand Inter-Champion.

I.CH. (INT.CH, IC. Etc.) – Inter-Champion.

CH. – Champion.

Please note that “title” is a proper name. And therefore it is written with a capital letter.