Template:Infobox cat breed

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Infobox cat breed
Domestic cat (Felis catus)
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Other names {{{altname}}}
Common nicknames {{{nickname}}}
Origin {{{origin}}}
Foundation bloodstock {{{stock}}}
Variety status Extinct. Not recognised as a standardised breed by any major breed registry.
Breed standards
CFA [{{{cfastd}}} standard]
FIFe standards: [{{{fifestd1}}} {{{fifeterm1}}}], [{{{fifestd2}}} {{{fifeterm2}}}]
IPCBA [{{{ipcbastd}}} standard]
TICA [{{{ticastd}}} standard]
WCF [{{{wcfstd}}} standard]
FFE [{{{ffestd}}} standard]
AACE [{{{aacestd}}} standard]
ACF [{{{acfstd}}} standard]
ACFA/CAA standards: [{{{acfastd1}}} {{{acfaterm1}}}], [{{{acfastd2}}} {{{acfaterm2}}}]
CCA-AFC [{{{ccastd}}} standard]
CCC of A [{{{cccastd}}} standard]
CFF [{{{cffstd}}} standard]
GCCF [{{{gccfstd}}} standard]
LOOF [{{{loofstd}}} standard]
NZCF [{{{nzcfstd}}} standard]
SACC [{{{saccstd}}} standard]
Other {{{otherstd}}}
Feline hybrid (Felis catus × {{{x}}})

Typical use:

{{Infobox cat breed 
|notrecognized= <!-- or |notrecognised= -->
|landrace=      <!-- or |cross= -->
<!-- international registries: -->
<!-- regional multi-national registries: -->
<!-- national registries: -->
<!-- any registry not listed above: -->

Please note that ultimately all breed standard documents should also be cited in the main article prose for specific facts about the breed (usually appearance), and URLs to them in citation templates should also have archiveurl versions.


All fields are optional. URLs should be entered as is, without wiki markup except for the "otherstd" field.

Basic parameters
  • name: Most common name of the breed (or landrace, crossbreed, hybrid, etc.). Should agree with article title (aside from any parenthetical disambiguation) and lead sentence, not use an alternative name (see the altname parameter, below). Do not include "cat" at the end, unless it is an integral part of the formal name of a breed (e.g. the capitalized "Cat" in "Norwegian Forest Cat"). Names of standardized breeds are capitalized (except after a hyphen). Those of landraces, mongrelized populations, etc., are not (except capitalize the first letter of the parameter value, and any proper names like geographical ones).
  • image: Image file of the breed. Enter as Example.jpg instead of Image:Example.jpg or File:Example.jpg
  • imagecaption: Caption that describes the image (e.g. gender, coat pattern and color, etc.)
  • image2: Second image file of the breed.
  • imagecaption2: Caption that describes the second image
  • altname: Other reliably sourceable names by which the breed is known to English-speakers. It is also permissible to include the name in the native language, if it uses a Latin script, for breeds or landraces that genuinely came from a non-English-speaking place. If more than one name, separate with ,<br />. Same capitalization rules as the name parameter, except for a non-English name, follow the style used in running prose (not headings) in the native-language sources. Non-English names should be wrapped in a correctly specified {{lang}} template, e.g. {{lang|de|Deutsche Langhaar}}. For more detailed language information, use the main body of the article.
  • nickname: Genuinely common, reliably sourceable nicknames. If more than one, separate with ,<br />. If there are no nicknames in reliable sources, remove the parameter to discourage the addition of made up examples. Except for the first letter of the parameter value, do not capitalize nicknames.
  • stock: List of foundation stock – the breeds, landraces, or other populations from which the breed was developed, if any are known. May include a wild species or subspecies in the case of a feline hybrid that has been developed into a breed, e.g.: |stock=[[Egyptian Mau]], [[Abyssinian]], and others (domestic); [[Asian leopard cat]] (wild) for the Bengal cat. (See also the x parameter, below.)
  • origin (a.k.a. country): Country or region/area of origin. do not use flag icons; cats have no nationality and are not patriots.
International registries (use these four at a minimum, if they provide a standard)
  • cfastd: URL to the Cat Fanciers' Association breed standard. Find it here (pick breed name, then "Breed Standard" from the "Breed Profile" inset box on the breed-profile page). This registry is now international, but has its strongest presence in the US, followed by Europe and Japan.
  • fifestd: URL to the Fédération Internationale Féline breed standard. Find it here. This registry has its strongest presence in Europe and parts of Latin America, though is nominally world-wide.
  • fifestd2: Optional URL to a second Fédération Internationale Féline breed standard. Use this when FIFé has two separate breed standards for variants of the breed (e.g. Seychellois Longhair and Seychellois Shorthair), typically handled as two divisions in one breed standard in other registries.
  • fifeterm1: characters (e.g. "SH") to link from for fifestd when fifestd2 is also used; defaults to "1"
  • fifeterm2: characters (e.g. "LH") to link from for fifestd2; defaults to "2"
  • ticastd: URL to The International Cat Association breed standard. Find it here (click on the desired breed profile, then see inset menu for "Standard" link). This registry is nominally world-wide, but has its strongest presence in the US.
  • wcfstd: URL to the World Cat Federation breed standard. Find it here: long-haired, semi-long-haired, short-haired and Siamese & oriental divisions. Please use the URL of the PDF link at the bottom of the breed profile page (the PDF version includes additional information, such as revision date). Those are all the lists of WCF "accepted" (for competition) breeds; see also this list of all breeds that are "recognized" (as existing) by WCF. This registry has its strongest presence in Europe, though is nominally world-wide.

   Another, recent, nominally international registry (its affiliates are primarily US-based), primarily for experimental new breeds, most of which are non-notable:

Regional multi-national registries
  • ffestd: URL to the Feline Federation Europe breed standard. Find it here, under "Races Standard" in its left menu. (Due to use of frames at that site, you have to right-click or ctrl-click and select "copy link" or your browser's equivalent, to get the actual direct URL of the standards page you want. If you replace www.ffe-europe.de/ with www.bavarian-cfa.de/data/ffe/ in the URL, you can use the resulting new URL to get the underlying static file, from which the last-modified date is the actual publication date; FFE's site is dynamically generated from files hosted statically by the BCFA site run by the same webmaster on the same server). This registry, based in Germany, has its strongest presence in Western and Central Europe.
National registries
  • acfastd2: URL to a second American Cat Fanciers Association/Cat Aficionado Association breed standard. Use this when the ACFA/CAA has two separate breed standards for variants of the breed (e.g. American Bobtail Longhair and American Bobtail Shorthair), typically handled as two divisions in one breed standard in other registries
  • acfaterm1: characters to link (e.g. "SH") from for acfastd when acfastd2 is also used; defaults to "1"
  • acfaterm2: characters to link (e.g. "LH") from for acfastd2; defaults to "2"
Other parameters
  • otherstd: Free-form field for adding names or acronyms of other registries, with links to their breed standards (see also the note parameter, below, for non-standards-issuing organizations/agencies). An entry should be added as a typical external link with the registry acronym (or name, if short) as link title. Separate multiple entries with ,<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; for spacing.
    (See § Registries not included, below, for potential standards to include with this parameter.)
    This parameter should not be used to link to breed-specific clubs' standards unless they are at least national-level and they are unique standards with requirements missing from those of more general organizations. There are around 200 countries in the world, and we do not need a long list of redundant standards here.
    It should also not be used to link to sub-national groups of any kind (non-encyclopedic trivia).
  • note: Free-form concise comments, usually about the breed recognition or standards. Some example uses:
    • Recognition by organizations (private or governmental) that do not issue breed standards, e.g.: "Recognized by the ARBA."
    • Major registries that refuse to recognize a breed recognized by most others, e.g.: "Not recognized by [linked acronym of conservative registry here]."
      • Briefly mentioning classification issues, e.g.: "Classified as just a variant of the [other breed named and linked here] by [linked acronym of conservative registry here]."
      • Showing unusual status limitations, e.g.: "Not eligible for championship status in linked acronym of conservative registry here] shows."
      • For landraces and other non-breed populations, can indicate what they are, e.g.: "Landrace.", or "Feral cat population.", or "Crossbreed, with provisional recognition as a breed in one major registry."
This parameter is not for breed-specific or local/regional clubs.
Special parameters

There are two special parameters that can be used in place of those for links to breed standards:

  • extinct=y: Shows an "Extinct" message. This parameter should be removed if not used.
  • notrecognized=y or notrecognised=y: Shows a "Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major registry." message. The |notrecognised=y version outputs the British and Commonwealth English -ised spelling. This parameter (under either spelling) should be removed if not used. Also, if both are accidentally included, the -ised spelling will be used.

If a "notrecogni[s|z]ed" or "extinct" parameter is used, all URL fields should be removed. (A link to a former breed recognition document should be added as a regular source citation in the article text about the breed history).

Another special parameter is for cross-species hybrids (not crossbreeds between two domestic breeds with no recent wild ancestor):

  • x: The value of the parameter is the wikilinked binomial (scientific name) – piped with Felis abbreviated as F. – of the non-domestic cat to which domestics have been bred to produce the hybrid. It will be italicized for you. E.g., a value of "|x=[[Felis chaus|F. chaus]]" outputs a result of "Hybrid cat, Felis catus × F. chaus" at the bottom of the infobox, instead of "Domestic cat, Felis catus". For an intergeneric hybrid, use the full name of the genus: |x=[[Prionailurus bengalensis]]. (See also the stock parameter, above.)

Another special parameter is for non-breed types:

  • landrace=y (a.k.a. cross=y): Indicates that the article subject is a landrace, crossbreed, mongrelized population, feral population, general type, domestic × wild hybrid, or other classification of cat that is not a standardized breed. This is usually also used with notrecognized=y (above), and should not be used with any parameters for breed standards, except when the article is about both a landrace and a breed, or a crossbreed gaining limited recognition as a standardized breed. (See also the note parameter, above, for specifying what the non-breed actually is.) This parameter changes "breed" wording to 'variety", and may be used for other more sophisticated processing with later template development.

Registries not included[edit]

Various obscure, localized, or questionably appropriate (e.g. for-profit and promotional) registries do not have custom parameters; if really needed, their standards can be added with the otherstd parameter, as documented above. Be suspicious of anything with a global- or national-sounding name that didn't exist 10 years ago, doesn't have a professionally designed website, and looks like a one-person operation, with no notability even in the specialist press. Search for things like "fake purebred cat registry" and read the warning posts. Beware being tricked into promoting a made-up "new breed" that the real world does not accept as legitimate. There is real money in this, thus an incentive for those trying to establish a breed to misuse Wikipedia as a form of advertising and legitimacy-establishment for "backyard breeder" experiments. There is a truly massive problem in dog breeding in the form of puppy mills and exploitative pseudo-organizations (see list of bogus registries at Template:Infobox dog breed/doc), and the problem is spreading to cat breeding. Remember that a breed standard is a primary source that must be used with caution, since the publisher is not independent of the subject and has a promotional, fiduciary interest in its breed standards being seen as authoritative.

  • American Rare Breeds Association (ARBA): Includes many experimental breeds (across various domesticated species, presently mostly dogs, and no cats yet) that may not be found in other registries yet, if ever. ARBA treats virtually any crossbreed as a legitimate "rare breed" if someone has bred it to itself and formed a club about it. They are not necessarily reliable on what is a breed or not, and may lack independence from the subject, not unlike one of the major horse "breed" encyclopedias that accepts iffy, promotional entries, and the for-profit CatZ registry (below). However, it is usable at least in the body of the article as a source that the claimed breed exists at all (i.e., is not a hoax or a WP:CRYSTAL matter).
  • Rare and Exotic Feline Registry (REFR) – Same story as with ARBA, basically, except they want there to be a wild (non-domestic) cat in the woodpile somewhere. Sometimes does not publish standards, other times has summary ones. If you say it's a breed, that there's a wild species in the mix somewhere in the bloodline, and send in your check and some pictures, they agree it's a breed, too.
  • CatZ (New Zealand) should not have their standards (listed here) added to all breeds' articles (it won't be encyclopedically relevant in most cases, but trivia). However, in a few cases, it may help establish that new breeds actually exist and are recognized as breeds by at least one registry instead of having to flag the article with the notrecognized parameter. It is unlikely that CatZ can help establish notability. It fails WP:INDY, since it has strong ties to the breeders of the new cat varieties it is promoting as standardized.
  • No standards available: Some (even some well-established) pedigree registries may not produce breed standards, but rely on others for them, or may provide them only to paying members:
    • American Cat Association (ACA) – Breed standards not available online. If you want to cite a paper copy, use a full {{cite book}} template in the main article body.
    • United Feline Organization (UFO) – Breed standards (if any) not available online.
    • World Felinology Federation (WFF, serving Russia and the CIS) – Does not itself publish breed standards; it is simply a cross-federation pedigree service that accepts any breed recognized by others.
  • No-name and kitten-mill registries: Others that do not have a parameter are the following "no-name" pseudo-registries used by "kitten mills" (cat equivalent of puppy mills), and listed in various online warnings, including:
    • US Kitten & Cat Registry (USKCR, of Plainview, New York) – apparently affiliated with the bogus "Dog Registry of America" puppy mill.
    • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – They actually have a "commercial breeding farms" registration system, which can include large-scale kitten farms, said to be the source of the cats in most American pet stores. USDA does not establish breed standards, anyway.
    • "ICF" – This organization has not even been identified. One would guess that it means "[I...something] Cat Federation" (International? Italian? Iranian? Idaho?).
  • Obscure: Some others that are rarely if ever needed are: the Bahrain Cat Club (BCC), Cat Federation of Southern Africa (CFSA), European Cat Fancy (ECF, partially functional website [1], seems to just be a breeder directory), Norske Rasekattklubbers Riksförbund (NRR, Norway), Selectional Feline Federation (SFF, Russia), United Feline Organization (UFO, mostly western US counterpart to CFF, and uses TICA standards for at least some breeds), plus some Latin American ones. If any of those become bluelinks, maybe they should get a parameter in this template. One can be created anyway if you'll be adding information from that registry to quite a number of articles and are certain it is not bogus. However, some of these may turn out to be affiliates of one of the major organizations (see next item).
  • Independent breed-specific clubs: Occasional exceptions may exist to the point above, in the form of a national or international organization for a long-established breed, and preferred by many breeders and keepers over the big federations, perhaps because of disputes about the breed standards or recognition. (No examples are evident at this time for cats, though this situation is common in horse breeding, and not unknown in the dog fancy). These are not independent of the subject, so are primary sources to be used with caution, but can be added via the otherstd parameter. These should not be confused with alleged organizations trying to establish new breeds, or with bogus registries serving "factory" breeding operations.
  • Missing national registries: There may be some national, unaffiliated registries of note that could be added, that are missing here because of lack of English-language material about them.

Testing changes[edit]

There is a development sandbox version of this template at Template:Infobox cat breed/sandbox, and several transclusions of it at Template:Infobox cat breed/testcases. Please copy the code from the current version of the template, paste it into the sandbox page, and test any changes on that copy before making them here: there are several special cases which are easily overlooked, and this template is easily "broken".


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