APHRODITE LONGHAIR (APL) AND SHORTHAIR (APS) 

TICA PROPOSED STANDARD 


HEAD ………………......………… 40 points
   Shape……………………..12
   Ears…………………………6
   Eyes………………………..10
   Muzzle/Chin/…………........8
   Profile……………………… 4

BODY ………………......………….. 40 points
   Torso………………………25
   Legs/Feet………………….10
   Tail…………………………..5

COAT/COLOR/PATTERN.................20 points
   Length…………………….. 5
   Texture…………………… 7
   Pattern……………………. 4
   Color………………………. 4

CATEGORY:  Traditional
DIVISIONS:  All
COLORS:  All
PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES:  None
                            ___________________________

HEAD:
   
Shape:  Long triangle, cheek line straight and nose ending in a blunt square muzzle.
Ears: Wide at the base, medium to large ears, placed in form of an open V with a slightly rounded space between the ears on the top-head
Eyes:  Olive shaped.  Set Obliquely. Eye color independent of coat color.
Muzzle: Straight, slightly longer than wide, square.
Chin: Full in width and depth, aligns with nose.
Profile:  Gentle concave curve between nose and brow Slightly rounded forehead.

BODY:

Torso:  Long, substantial yet elegant, muscular body. Muscular shoulders and hips.  Shoulders and hips same width.  Deep chest.
Boning: Medium-large, well-muscled all over.
Legs/Feet:  Back legs slightly longer than front legs.
Tail:  Medium to long in balance with body.  Thick at body tapering to tip. LH - Well-plumed. 

COAT:

LH - Semi-long.
SH - Semi-plush.
Length of coat and density of undercoat may vary with the seasons. Slightly longer ruff, britches, and belly on the LH. Tail is full and well plumed on the LH and same length as body coat in the SH.
Texture: Soft, silky, lush, luxuriant.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Aphrodite is a natural occurring large, athletic, well-muscled, solid cat found on the island of Cyprus. They developed in the mountain region where their size and strength helped them in catching larger prey.  They are slow to mature, females are smaller than males, and allowances should be made when comparing females and young cats to the standard. The overall appearance is of excellent physical condition, strength, and power, while maintaining a gentle temperament.

ALLOWANCES: Breed is slow to mature so coat and physical structure should be taken into consideration when judging kittens and young adults. Jowls in adult males.

PENALIZE: 
Ears:  Narrow base; Very close, set straight up; Small.
Muzzle:  Pointy shape or overly prominent whisker pads detracting from the shape of the head.
Chin:  Weak, Receding or Narrow.
Torso:  Any evidence toward extremes (i.e. foreign/cobby shape, fine/heavy boning), Too heavy/thin.

WITHHOLD WINS:  Lockets