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I've written before on how the breeder said George could not be shown because of the kink in his tail. She said he can only be shown as a "housecat". I do not get this because he is a pure bred sphynx. Its like telling a parent that their child cannot be in a beauty pageant because they have a physical disability.(ok maybe not exactly)
 

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I hate to say this but a kink in the tail is a diqualification.
Here are the standards and it is listed there.
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/sphynx.pdf
DISQUALIFY: kinked or abnormal tail. Structural abnormalities
So sorry about that.
The judges are very strict on standards when you show.
Did the breeder tell you about the tail when you bought him.
 

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I've written before on how the breeder said George could not be shown because of the kink in his tail. She said he can only be shown as a "housecat". I do not get this because he is a pure bred sphynx. Its like telling a parent that their child cannot be in a beauty pageant because they have a physical disability.(ok maybe not exactly)
Maggie has a kink in her tail & I love it :)
 

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I think that kind of stuff adds character ; like when the mothers cleans the ear to rough...I wish we could have our own cat show and judges, we could have a special category for regular cat show disqualifications!
 
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I've written before on how the breeder said George could not be shown because of the kink in his tail. She said he can only be shown as a "housecat". I do not get this because he is a pure bred sphynx. Its like telling a parent that their child cannot be in a beauty pageant because they have a physical disability.(ok maybe not exactly)
He could be shown in the "household pet" division because that division allows for non-pedigreed cats and pedigreed cats that don't meet the written standard. Most breeders must give permission for you to show their cat, especially if it's sold as a "companion or pet" kitten.

I always ask if potentional adoptees want to show and if they give interest in this area, I will try and place a kitten with them that they could potentially take to a show. It's not just physical appearances that we evaluate for showing but temperment as well.

That said, I placed a kitten with a family earlier this summer. He was born with a deformed eye. Perfectly beautiful kitten otherwise. She wanted to show him in the HHP division and I gave her permission. He's done great and even a couple of judges said it was sad about his eye, because he was otherwise, a wonderful example of the breed. So even if you can only show her in the HHP division, you can still go and have fun and share the joy of your kitty with others there. I would just check with the breeder first and make sure they don't have a problem with this.

Good luck!
Cyndee
 

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what exactly is a kink in the tail? what does that look like?
I think its just a bend in the tail. So the bones of the tail are not all aligned. One of my moms dogs got his caught in a door once and it was bent at an angle. I believe if the animal was either born with it or if it is no bothersome the vet does not try to fix/re-align it. I've heard of some animals falling (i.e off a sofa) and getting a bent tail. If the tail is broken due to an injury it will need to be fixed but if it was born with it and not painful it is ok.
 

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what exactly is a kink in the tail? what does that look like?
My purebred Siamese cat Sydney has a kink in her tail that her breeder says she's had since birth. Kinked tails are common in Siamese cats, but is considered a major defect by CFA and TICA that disqualifies them from being shown in cat shows. It was because of her kinked tail that her breeder decided that Sydney could not be shown or bred, which is a shame because Sydney is otherwise perfect as far as Siamese breed standards are concerned.

On the other hand, it was because of her kinked tail that Sydney's breeder sold her to me, so in a way it was a good thing....I guess in every cloud, there is a silver lining. :Sweet-angel:
 

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I hate to say this but a kink in the tail is a diqualification.
Here are the standards and it is listed there.
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/sphynx.pdf
DISQUALIFY: kinked or abnormal tail. Structural abnormalities
So sorry about that.
The judges are very strict on standards when you show.
Did the breeder tell you about the tail when you bought him.
When we purchased George he had no kink. He has created the kink on his own because he chews on it.
 
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