PURRANZA AUSTRALIAN MIST CATS
Australian Mists were developed from Burmese, Abyssinians and the Domestic tabby cat, the Burmese donating the largest proportion of genetic material, their character and temperament is very similar to that of a Burmese. However their coat colours and patterns are different, they come in two coat patterns spotted and marbled tabby (classic tabby) and seven colours Brown, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac then Gold (which is cinnamon), Peach (which is fawn) and Caramel. Their type is moderate in every way nothing at all extreme about them. It is the Burmese gene that is responsible for the beautiful colouring of the Australian Mist, the misted effect is caused by the agouti invasion of the overlying darker pattern. Their temperament is fabulous they are loving - ' in your face', intelligent and amazing companionsAustralian Mists are now a GCCF recognised breed gaining Preliminary Recognition in October 2011, and are now being shown at GCCF shows around the UK. The GCCF is the UK's Premier Registering Body They can be registered with Felis Britannica as an unrecognised breed, TICA have now recognised the breed. It should also be noted that all feline registration bodies Felis Britannica (FiFE, TICA, etc etc) all have different registration policies, rules and regulations. My chosen registration body is the GCCF and therefore I follow their rules and regulations.
The GCCF has very high standards and when accepting the Australian Mists as a recognised breed wished to ensure that the breed was healthy. So the breed has undergone extensive DNA testing by Prof Leslie Lyons at UC Davis. The results showed that they are an inherently healthy breed. One cat came back as a carrier of a condition of an inherited condition called PK Deficiency, so when the Registration Policy was approved a condition of registering cats for breeding was that all must be DNA tested for this condition to ascertain their status. This way GCCF breeders can work together to eradicate the condition. The GCCF also recognise the importance of keeping gene-pools in all breeds diverse so that cats do not become inbred. To ensure that the Australian Mist does not become inbred, an outcross policy was included when the breed was recognised. GCCF breeders do not want to bury their heads in the sand and ignore future in-breeding problems.
We respect that breeders registering cats with other registration bodies may be misguided into believing that the Australian Mist has a wide enough gene-pool to sustain it in the future. Research of the foundation cats used shows a different picture so GCCF breeders wish to ensure that our cats are healthy, are not inbred and we WILL be outcrossing in the future by using the 3 breeds Burmese, Abyssinian and Domestic Shorthairs which were the original breeds used to develop the breed. Any kittens that are the result of a GCCF approved outcrossing programme will be registered, will be correctly identified and will be given a pedigree. It should also be noted that development of the breed here in the UK cannot be solely dependent on imported cats from Australia which is why outcrossing plays such an important role. GCCF Breeders will always have the best interest of the breed at heart. Choose a breeder from either of the GCCF Cat Clubs the Australian Cat Association or the Australian Cat Society when looking for a kitten.
We are well on the way to gaining our required number of Merits, 15 cats needing 4 Merits each under 4 different Judges, of which only 2 may be awarded as a kitten and hope within the next 12 months we will gain Championship status when we can compete for GCCF titles. Exciting times ahead!
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We have two Australian Mist Breeding Queens - Gossamyst Arika Violetta - 'Rosie' who is chocolate spotted and Purranza Ballerina - 'Darcey' (Bussell) who is a brown spotted kitten Sire: Gossamyst Yani Qlancy and Dam: Gossamyst Dorak Sapphira. We also have 'Holly' - Purranza Jitterbug who is a Generation 1 Australian Mist outcross she is a brown marble tabby and is half Australian Mist and half domestic shorthair. Sire: Gossamyst Teao Celeborn and Dam: 'Tabitha' (brown spotted tabby domestic shorthair)- she is the start of a new UK line of Australian Mists.
'Holly' - Purranza Jitterbug with her buddy 'Rosie'
Holly as a kitten
And having a little cuddle with her 'bestie'
'Darcey' at her first show she won her first Merit - it was all a bit overwhelming at such a young age!