On any given weekend at any given catshow there
is one question that almost every blue British Shorthair, Chartreux,
Korat, or Russian Blue exhibitor is sure to hear.....
....."Is that a (insert name of one of the aforementioned
breeds that the exhibitor is NOT showing)?"
It's not the fault of the spectator. Very often
they've only seen photographs of any purebred
cat, much less seen examples in the flesh of any of these blue
cats. Add to that the fact that the latter 3 breeds are minority
breeds and it's no wonder that people aren't quite sure what cat
that they're looking at!
Here we'll explore the differences between 3 breeds
that come in only the color blue (the Chartreux, the Korat, and
the Russian Blue) and the solid blue division of a popular cat
that comes in a variety of colors (the British Shorthair).
Information about each breed's attributes is taken
from the Cat Fanciers' Association's Breed Standard for each breed.
The complete Breed Standard for these breeds and all CFA-recognized
breeds may be found at http://cfa.org/breeds.aspx
Two blue cats....two
different breeds. But which breeds are they?