Ocicat - OCI
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Ocicat is a medium to large, well-spotted agouti cat of moderate type. It is well-muscled and solid, with a fullness of body and chest and graceful appearance.
Top of head
The head has the shape of a modified wedge with a gentle curve between the cheeks and the muzzle.
Muzzle and chin
The muzzle is broad and well-defined with a definite suggestion of squareness and in profile is longer than its width. Strong chin. Firm jaw. Broad, level bite. Moderate whisker pinch.
The profile shows a clear, but gentle rise from the nose bridge to the eye brows.
Large, almond shaped, and angled slightly upwards towards the ears, more than the length of an eye between the eyes. All eye colours except blue are allowed, with no correspondence between eye colour and coat colour. Depth of colour preferred.
Alert, moderately large and wide at base, set at a 45 degree angle, neither too high nor too low, with at least the width of an ear base between them. The tips of the ears should be gently rounded; vertical tufts from the ear tips are desirable but not essential.
Size and boning
The body is of medium to large size, elongated, solid and muscular, but lithe and athletic.
Well developed rib cage. The back is straight, the flanks are flat.
Head carried gracefully on an arching neck.
Legs and paws
The legs are of medium length and muscular, the paws are oval.
The tail is rather long, medium thick and tapers only slightly to a dark tip.
Satiny in texture with a lustrous sheen. Close lying and sleek, with no suggestion of woolliness. Allowances should be made for seasonal variation.
All colours should be clear and pleasing and the spotting should not be faint or blurred, although the pale colours will show less contrast than the darker ones. The lightest colour is found on the face, chin, lower jaw and abdomen. The darkest colour is found on the tip of the tail and the tail tip colour is the final definitive in determining the colour of the cat. Each hair (except on the extremities) has several bands of colour, and where the dark bands fall together a spot is formed on the surface of the coat.
Special breed faults
Round or protruding eyes.
White locket or spotting