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History

It was around 1960 that a group of breeders set out to produce a blue-eyed white Siamese-type cat. A solution had to be found to prevent deafness of the kittens, so it was decided to use the blue eyes from the Siamese. Pat Turner a famous cat geneticist developed a breeding programme, and in 1962 she started to mate a White Domestic Shorthair cat to a Seal Point Siamese.

By mating a Siamese out to a Domestic White Shorthair and then mating back to Siamese each generation, until all the kittens produced were either Siamese or Foreign Whites, the Foreign White was established. Initially, the Foreign White was shown in AOV classes from 1966 and proved very popular. They gained GCCF Championship status in 1977. Foreign whites are also recognised by other registration bodies (eg FiFe and TICA).

Genetics

The white colour of the Foreign White is dominant over all other Siamese. Under their fur foreign white Siamese carry the points. This makes heredity simple. A mating of a Foreign White with a pointed Siamese leads in average to 50% foreign whites, the other 50% of the kittens will show their points.

It is often difficult to determine the exact genetic code of a foreign white, due to the white line in the pedigree, that hides the colour of the point pattern underneath.

It is not allowed to mate two foreign whites together, as this could strenghten the Waardenburg syndrome (blue eyes related to deafness).

FOREIGN WHITES

The Foreign White has a slightly different standard of points to other Orientals as it is basically a Siamese in a white overcoat, and although the wording varies slightly, the type of the Foreign White is identical to that of other Orientals.

The Foreign White is the only Oriental breed which cannot be mated to other Orientals, their registration policy only permits Siamese and Foreign Whites in the pedigree. Because of strict breeding and rigorous selection a white cat has been produced with deep blue eyes and without any deafness problems. The reason for this is that the blue eyes of this breed are produced by the Siamese gene, not by the dominant white gene.

When the names of all the other Oriental Selfs were changed from Foreign to Oriental, the Foreign White retained its original name. This was to underline the fact that the breed recognised by the GCCF was a blue-eyed Siamese with a white coat, unlike Oriental Whites recognised in other countries, where green eyes and odd eyes were permitted.

GCCF Standard of Points

FOREIGN WHITE (35)

The Foreign White should be a beautifully balanced animal with head, ears and neck carried on a long svelte body, supported on fine legs and feet, with a tail in proportion. The head and profile should be wedge-shaped, neither round nor pointed. The eyes a clear brilliant blue. Expression alert and intelligent.

Head: Long and well proportioned, carried upon an elegant neck, with width between the ears, narrowing in straight lines to a fine muzzle, with straight profile, strong chin and level bite.

Ears: Large and pricked set so as to follow the lines of the wedge.

Eyes: Oriental in shape and slanting, clear brilliant blue, the deeper the better.

Body: Long and slender, the rump carried higher than the shoulders. Well muscled and elegant.

Legs: Long and proportionately slender, paws neat and oval.

Tail: Long and tapering, whip-like, without kink.

Coat: Pure white, short and close-lying.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Pink. Note: "Freckles" may appear on nose, pads, lips and eye rims. Slight freckling in a mature cat should not be penalised.

SCALE OF POINTS Type (60)

Head & Ears 20

Eye Shape & Setting 5

Body 15

Legs & Paws 10

Tail 10

Colour & Coat (40)

Eye Colour 15

Body Colour 15

Coat Texture & Length 10

Total 100

Withhold Certificates and First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

Coloured hairs (except in kittens).
Undershot or overshot jaw and/or uneven bite.
A cast in one or both eyes.
Any other defect as listed in the preface of the SOP booklet.

Registration Policy for the Foreign White

FULL REGISTER

Foreign Whites which have in their pedigrees within the preceding three generations only Foreign Whites or Siamese shall be registered on the Full Register, with the exception that all Foreign Whites from Foreign White x Foreign White matings shall be placed on the Supplementary Register or Reference Register as appropriate.

SUPPLEMENTARY REGISTER

Foreign Whites which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations only Foreign Whites or Siamese shall be registered on the Supplementary Register.

REFERENCE REGISTER

All cats of Foreign White appearance which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations any breed other than Foreign Whites or Siamese shall be registered on the Reference Register.

(Amended 26.10.05)

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