The following are the original Singapura Breed Standards for both TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFA (Cat Fanciers Association). The United Kingdom GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) Standard can be viewed by visiting the Progressive Singapura Cat Club
HEAD SHAPE (10 pts): The skull should be rounded in both directions, not domed, not flat, with rounded width at the outer eye and well balanced with the rest of the cat, of medium length and in proportion to the muzzle length. There should be a smooth flow from the nose bridge over the top of the skull. Proper head type is a very important consideration when judging this breed. Allowance for jowls in adult males.
EARS (10 pts): Large with an alert appearance, slightly to moderately pointed, wide open at the base with a deep cup. The deep cupping of the base of the ear leather is an important contributor to their large appearance, and a narrow or shallow base is undesirable. Set is medium broad.Definite light colored ear furnishings.
EYES (10 pts): Large eyes in an almond setting, neither protruding nor receding, giving neither a rounded nor oriental appearance. The eyes are accented by a darker lid skin encircled by a light-colored area and facial markings highlighting the eyes. Eyes widely set, not less than an eye's width apart. Color shading to celadon green, hazel, green, gold or copper with brilliance preferred. Blue, gray, or aqua eyes are not permitted.
CHIN (2 pts): The chin is well-developed, rounded and not noticeably receding or projecting.
MUZZLE: The muzzle is medium short in length and is broad, with a blunt nose. There should be a definite though notextreme whisker break. The muzzle should not be slender or pointy, or appear "foxy". Proper width at the eyes and through the muzzle will give an impression of "high cheekbones" when combined with the roundness of the head.
PROFILE:There should be a short, curved rise to the nose between the brow and muzzle with a very slight stop below eye level. Not to be considered a break, this is a slight indentation marking the transition to the muzzle.
NECK: Short and thick.
TORSO: Medium to small, neither cobby nor rangy. The body, legs and floor should form a square when viewed from the shoulder blades to the base of the tail. Mid-section not tucked but firm. Rib cage rounded, back slightly arched.
LEGS AND FEET: Legs heavy and well-muscled at the body, tapering to a fine lower leg boning with small, short, oval feet.
TAIL: Length to be short of the shoulder when laid along the torso. It tends toward slender but is not whippy and ends with a blunt tip.
BONING/MUSCULATURE: A Singapura is muscular, but should not be a fat cat, and excess weight is undesirable. The overall impression is of a moderately stocky and muscular cat, solid to the feel especially through the neck and chest. Hips may sometimes appear narrow when compared to the muscularity of the neck and shoulders, this is not a fault in an immature cat.
LENGTH/TEXTURE: Fine texture, not plush or springy, lying close to the body. Not an oriental "painted on coat", but one which can carry sufficient bands of ticking. Allowance for slightly thicker or longer coat in kittens. Woolliness undesirable. Coat is longest at the spine where the ticking is most intense.
PATTERN: Ticked tabby, with four or more alternating bands of light and dark color. At least two bands of dark with the outer tip band dark and the lightest band next to the skin. Outer part of the body has less noticeable ticking. The most intense ticking is across the upper back allowing for a fully ticked, dark spine line. Space between ears can be dark but must be ticked. Underside of body usually unticked. Ticking should exhibit intense contrast and is a most important feature of this breed. Barring on the inner front legs and on the back knees is another important feature and should be readily apparent in adults. Allowance to be made for slow development of barring in immature cats. Barring on the outer front legs is a fault. Well-defined facial markings should set off the eyes in contrast to the lighter base color. Curved "puma lines" extending from the inside eye corners onto the cheeks are preferred. A definite tabby "M" is the only forehead pattern allowed. Dark spineline not a fault.
COLOR: Rich sable ticking only. Ground color a warm "old
ivory" tending to yellow tones. Muzzle, chin, chest and stomach
the color of unbleached muslin. Nose leather a pale to dark salmon.
Eyeliner, nose outline, whisker apertures, hair between the toes
to be dark brown. Paw pads to be dark seal brown with rosy undertones
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Overall impression of the ideal Singapura is a medium to small, compact cat with a striking face dominated by large eyes and ears. The intensely ticked coat has a muted iridescent quality giving the impression of refined and delicate coloring. The ideal Singapura cat does not bear a strong resemblance any other recognized breed. This is not a long-bodied cat, nor should the torso be tubular. Males are proportionally larger than females. All Singapuras should have a lively interest in the surroundings and are, above all, outgoing, gentle cats, amenable to handling, well-balanced physically and of sound health.
PENALIZE: Small ears, small eyes, springy or plush coat, coldness and predominant gray tones, lack of leg barring, prominent outer front leg barring, dark necklaces, protruding eyes, too short a muzzle, anything more than a slight indentation as a nose stop, non-visible tail faults.
WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS: Unbroken necklaces and circular leg bracelets, barring on the tail, white lockets, visibly kinked tail, definite blue or aqua eyes, unticked top of head, removed ear furnishings. Paw pad or tail tip color inconsistent with sepia category. Lack of any ticking (a solid cat). Undershot or overshot jaw, or any malocclusion of the jaws.
"Temperament must be unchallenging. Any sign of definite challenge shall disqualify. Cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain aloud, but may not threaten to harm."
Evidence of intent to deceive the judge by artificial means, cats with all or part of their tail missing (except those breeds whose standard calls for this feature), totally blind cats, cats having more or less than five toes on each front foot and four on each back foot (unless proved to be the result of an injury or as authorized by a Board approved standard), and at the discretion of the judge, tail faults (visible or invisible) and/or crossed eyes. See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for comprehensive rules regarding penalties/disqualifications applying to all breeds.
GENERAL: the appearance of an alert healthy small to medium sized
muscular bodied cat with noticeably large eyes and ears. Cat to
have the illusion of refined delicate coloring.
HEAD: skull rounded front to back and side to side with rounded
width at the outer eye narrowing to a definite whisker break and
a medium-short, broad muzzle with a blunt nose. In profile, a rounded
skull with a very slight stop well below eye level. Straight line
nose to chin. Chin well developed.
EARS: large, slightly pointed, wide open at the base, and possessing
a deep cup. Medium set. Outer lines of the ear to extend upward
at an angle slightly wide of parallel. Small ears a serious fault.
EYES: large, almond shaped, held wide open but showing slant.
Neither protruding nor recessed. Eyes set not less than an eye width
apart. Color hazel, green or yellow with no other color permitted.
Brilliance preferred. Small eyes a serious fault.
BODY: small to medium overall size cat. Moderately stocky and
muscular body, legs and floor to form a square. Mid-section not
tucked but firm.
toward short and thick.
LEGS and FEET: legs heavy and muscled at the body tapering to small short
TAIL: length to be short of the shoulder when laid along the
torso. Tending towards slender but not whippy. Blunt tip.
COAT: fine, very short, silky texture, Iying very close to the
body. Springy coat a fault.
PENALIZE: coldness or gray tones in the coat, gray undercoat next
to the skin, barring on outer front legs, necklaces, non-visible
tail faults, lack of nose liner.
DISQUALIFY: white spotting, barring on tail, top of the head unticked,
unbroken necklaces or leg bracelets. Very small eyes or ears. Visible
tail faults. Blue eyes. Any color other than sepia agouti (dark
brown ticking on an old ivory undercoat).
Sepia agouti only, color to be dark brown ticking on a warm old ivory ground color. Each hair to have at least two bands of dark ticking separated by light bands. Light next to the skin and a dark tip. Dark tail tip with color extending back toward the body on upper side. Spine line NOT a fault. Muzzle, chin, chest and underside to be the color of unbleached muslin. Cat to show some barring on inner front legs and back knee only. Allowance to be made for undeveloped ticking in kittens. Hair between toes to be dark brown. Facial markings: dark lines extending from brows and outside corner of eyes, dark lines extending downward alongside nose bridge from inner corner of eyes (cheetah lines), and cheekbone shading are all desirable. Eyeliner, lips, whisker apertures, noseliner to be dark brown. Nose leather: pale to dark salmon. Paw Pads: rosy brown. Salmon tones to the ears and nose bridge NOT a fault.
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