Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Many moons ago when I got into breeding and showing Manx, there was a cat that did achieve it's grand championship, but did limp badly and couldn't walk normally. Other Manx breeders at the show were horrified that an obviously crippled cat got it's GC, and managed to get the Manx Show Standard changed that required the Manx to demonstrate soundness by walking on the judge's table. I'm not sure whether this is still part of the standard as I'm not able to access the CFA Manx standard at the moment. It was the only breed at that time that had to do that, which for a nervous or shy Manx was problematic as any shy/nervous cat won't stand and will just crouch on the judge's table. Some judge's got around this by placing the cat near the door of the judge's cage so that it had to walk into it's cage. But this ruling did eliminate from shows any Manx that had gait problems, and/or had a shy or nervous temperament.
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
in avatar. "Always in my heart."