Grand-Prix Royal Canine: the largest Cat Show is held in Russia!
This year the show Grand-Prix Royal Canine is held for the 14th time, and beginning from 2014 it’s considered to be the largest cat show in the world. The evaluation of different cat breeds is held simultaneously in the rings of six international federations.
Owners-participants have a unique opportunity to be assessed by more than one federation if they sequentially visit various rings within their group (in contrast to dogs, cat rings are divided by coat types, rather than by breeds, although there are cat varieties that have, in addition, monobreed rings within one or another federation).
Interview with Svetlana Obruchkova, the head of Royal Canine in Russia, who had come for the official opening ceremony of the show.
In addition to pedigreed female and male cats and their kittens, the show is open to common tomcats as well as to cats from shelters without any club documents. They can’t be exhibited in breed rings but their mounts are also situated on the territory of the show and equally interesting samples are occasionally presented among them. After all, even pedigreed cats sometimes get into shelters! But without documents they aren’t permitted to participate in official shows what, however, doesn’t stop them from being excellent household cats. And someone with a modest income, after seeing so many breed champions, will be able to leave the show with the pet of an appealing breed, which doesn’t have formal documents. This format supported by Royal Canine from year to year gives cats and their humans a wonderful chance.
And eminent champions as well as the specimens of rare cat breeds are coming to the main stage of the Grand-Prix. Some of them are single originals in Russia and the population of others is estimated at two or three hundreds throughout the world.
The show of champions are the parade of the most distinguished and rare cats of our planet, which are lovingly demonstrated by their owners who have to tell a quick story of their pets’ breed and to reel off the list of their triumphs.
Here’s a partial list of the most interesting specimens
The first who came up on centre stage was Siberian, a world champion in four federations. It was followed by Snowshoe, a nominee of the Best-in-best Junior and simply a very unique cat with an attractive coat pattern.
The Turkish Angora isn’t such a rare breed, but this given specimen is famous for winning the Champion title by both American and European standards.
The interchampion among juniors is a young and very promising teen-kitten of the Birman. There are only 400 specimens of this breed worldwide.
The Bombay Cat is another very rare and interesting breed. The member that climbed up in the ring is a standard of this breed among kittens and a candidate for a world champion.
The Maine Coon named Raksha is a regional champion of Europe, the best Maine Coon of 2015, and the holder of the title of the breed’s standard.
The next participant was the male cat which had been previously called to the ring nothing short of «the number XXX, bring the werewolf into the ring». The Lykoi Cat is sometimes referred as the Wolf Cat or Werecat. This cat is the only breed member in Russia. It’s already famous and has won lots of titles, including the championship of Europe of the first-year breeds’ presentation (this means that the Lykoi Cat is recognized only less than a year ago and it’s in its first year of participating in championships where it’s showed as a stabilized breed).
The Munchkin is another unusual breed, cat-dachshund. Short-paws and immensely funny Munchkins can sit like as a gopher, the thing which appeals to lots of people.
It was followed by the specimen of the Napoleon Cat representing in fact the hybrid of the Persian Cat and the Munchkin. The other name of this breed is the Minuet cat but it has appeared more recently and has yet caught on in much lesser extent than the Napoleon. The Karelian Bobtail, not to be confused with the Kuril Bobtail. Despite the similarities between their names, these cats differ rather tangibly although they both belong to short-tail feline varieties, like bobtails are supposed to.
After that one female owner presented the Burmilla cat and the Oriental short-haired … cat, which was developed on the basis of the Burmilla cat so in fact these two breeds are closely related. The major difference is in the colour.
The Turkish Van is one of the most ancient cat breed, a cat-swimmer. Turkish Vans are excellent swimmers and some of them can play fetch in the water just like dogs. In honour of this breed a whole group of coat patterns was named – a van colouring. The specific coat colour of this breed includes two little spots around its ears and characteristically coloured tail, the rest of the body has so-called «background» colouring.
While champions and the specimens of the rarest breeds in the world were being shown on the centre stage, at the sides of the spacious hall the judgeship of six federations (FIFE, CFA, TICA, ICU, WCF, MFA) was taking place. Experts from all over the world were judging current and future champions and identifying their most prominent advantages in order to choose the best of the best.
Unfortunately since rings and Best in Show were held simultaneously, it’s impossible to tell about all of them right away so we’ve decided to stick around on one of the ring, namely the MFA, where male and female cats of all ages were being estimated in order to choose those specimens which will fight for the right to become the best of the best the next day.
Thus, under the version of MFA the best specimens have turned out to be:
The best kitten (number 300) - Yulianacats Onegin, male, owner – Kotova Yu., breed – Scottish Fold Longhaired
The best junior (number 296) - Luzifer My Angel Korall, male, owner – Tishenko S., breed – Scottish Fold Longhaired
The best neutered cat – number 325
The best adult animal (number 295) – O’Key Nicole Marycat, female, owner –, breed – Scottish Fold Longhaired
They will step in the ring tomorrow to fight for the right to become the best male cat and the best female cat in the world and to compete with their counterparts from other federations for this status.
There were also some funny moments at the show and the best of them was the announcement of the judge assistant on the air: «Bring please the werewolf in the fourth ring!». This phrase made many people around there to turn their heads, wondering, of whom it had been spoken. In the meantime the Lykoi Cat, the only Werecat in Russia (an unofficial name of this breed), was brought in the ring.
Author: Alena Morgunovskaya
Amateur photos by Elsor