Ceylon - CEY
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Ceylon cat is the natural breed of Sri Lanca island, imported and developed in Italy in the end of the 20th century. It is the shorthair cat of small size with ticked coat and unique appearance.
Top of head
The head is rounded, short and broad, with prominent cheek bones. The forehead is slightly flattened.
Muzzle and chin
The chin and lower jaw are solid.
The profile is slightly curved.
The eyes are large and set wide apart. The upper edge of the eyes is almond-shaped, the lower round. The eyes are bright yellow to green.
The ears are large. They are broad at the base with slightly rounded tips and high and narrow set.
Size and boning
The body is small to medium sized.
Shoulders and hips are broad. Chest is well developed.
Legs and paws
The legs are slender and of medium length, the paws are rounded.
The tail is short and solid. It tapers to a rounded tip.
The coat is very short.
The coat is fine and of silky texture. It is close lying to the body and has little undercoat.
The back and the flanks are evenly ticked without stripes or spots. On the back, the legs and the tail is a clear pattern with stripes. The stripes may be open on the neck. On the belly there are two rows of spots. The tail tip is evenly coloured with the colour of the ticking.
Special breed faults
Missing tabby markings on the legs, the tail and the belly.