Original Longhair - TLH
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Original Longhair is the result of breeders wanting to preserve the head and body type, as well as coat quality and colour of the original English Chinchilla. It is sometimes also known as the Sterling, Chinchilla Longhair, Traditional Longhair or Doll-faced Persian. Only Silver and Golden varieties were allowed initially, but other colours and patterns were added later. Breeders of Silver and Golden varieties strive to keep the lines pure. It is a medium sized cat with body and head type resembling the original longhair show cats. It has a striking long, full, silky coat.
Top of head
The head is gently rounded, with a slight muzzle. The face is open.
Muzzle and chin
The jaw is broad with gentle contours giving the impression of a smiling face. The chin is broad, firm and well developed.
The nose is medium in length, broad with slight break in profile. Adequate nose leather and nasal apertures. Nose not snub.
Large, walnut shaped, set well apart and wide open.
The ears are medium, set well apart, round tipped and not unduly open at base. Well tufted inside.
Size and boning
Medium sized cat with a semi-cobby body, low on the legs and in proportion without being coarse. Medium boned
Well-muscled, with a rounded chest.
The neck is short.
Legs and paws
Legs short and in proportion to the body. Forelegs straight. Paws are round, firm and tufted.
Tail as long as the body in length, carried without a curve and at an angle lower than the back. Well furnished.
Long on body, with full ruff and brush. From the rear, hind legs should look like trousers.
Dense. Texture fine, soft and silky, glossy in appearance and standing away from body.
All colours. In solid colours the subtle lightening due to thermal effect is allowed at the roots, on the stomach and undersides of the legs and tail.
See general part
Special breed faults
See general part
Eye colour can take up to 4 years to settle in Silver and Golden.