Aphrodite's Giant Longhair - APL
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Aphrodite’s Giant is a natural breed from the mountain regions of the Cyprus island.
Wedge shaped, viewed from the front it forms a long triangle with straight cheek line. The forehead is slightly convex.
Muzzle and chin
Long straight muzzle continuing the shape of head. Strong chin.
Long straight nose, with a very slight dip under the height of the eyes.
Olive shaped, including a slightly rounder to a slightly more oval shape. Eyes are placed at an angle. All colours allowed, intensity and shade not to influence judgement. Colour should be uniform.
Medium to large in size, placed in form of an open V. Wide at the base.
Size and boning
Big and strong, but looking elegant, not cobby.
Long rectangular format. Muscular shoulders and hips. Boning develops quickly.
The neck is firm.
Legs and paws
The legs are long and strong in boning. Hind legs slightly longer than forelegs. Round paws.
Tail medium to long and in balance with the body measures. It is broad at base, tapering to the tip, more obviously in SH.
Silky and soft in texture with not much top coat covering. Noticeable undercoat in winter time and almost no undercoat in summertime.
All colours and patterns, except pointed, mink and sepia colours, are recognized.Any amount of white is allowed. The less symmetry in the distribution of white the better.
See General part
Special breed faults
Too prominent muzzle.
Strong similarity with MCO or NFO.
The novice class is not permitted outside of Cyprus island.
Outcross with other breeds