Abyssinian QR Codes

This is really cool: the CFA just released QR Codes for all recognised breeds.


The article in the CFA newsletter, submitted by Kris Willison, said, “QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional bar code) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. Recently, the QR Code system has become popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes.” ~Wikipedia

Last December a friend brought a QR Breed Tag from another registry to a local show with the suggestion that they might make a nice exhibitor handout at the upcoming Houston Cat Club Diamond Jubilee. A QR Code can be read by any smart phone to deliver additional information, such as the URL for that breed’s profile or standard. The tag was shown to the HCC club president and I volunteered for the project.

The next day I used the QR Code Generator to create and download the codes for each of CFA’s 42 recognized breeds.

The next step was shopping to determine the most economical way to complete the project. I found the best price for business cards at Sam’s Club. The other supplies I purchased online at Amazon.com


Inkjet or Laser Printer Business Cards, 2″ x 3.5″
5 Mil Luggage Tag Slotted Laminator Pockets 2.5″ x 4.25″
Metal Badge Clips with Clear Vinyl Straps

Using the BREED SUMMARY for counts, business cards were printed front and back then laminated and badge clips added. I used an exhibitor listing that included breed of cat(s) entered to generate address labels to sort and bag the tags for pickup at check-in.

Exhibitors were thrilled and there have been emails from all over. With a little help from CFA Publications I have since created a MS Office 2010 Publisher file that can be made available to the clubs for printing the breed tags. Here are QR Codes for each breed.”


TICA has their own set of QR codes, too! Click here to download the PDF file with all the breed QR codes.

Pretty nifty, eh? What will they come up with next?

Aby-a-Day – March 1: The “colourful” cat

When Abyssinians are judged in the show ring, according to the breed standard, the emphasis is on the cats’ colour: it’s worth a whopping 35 points (out of 100), more than any other aspect of the breed (head, body, coat and colour). To give you a point of reference, the Maine Coon standard only allocates 10 points toward colour (but 30 points each for head and body).

The ideal Aby’s colour is described in the standard as, “Warm and glowing. Ticking: distinct and even, with dark colored bands contrasting with lighter colored bands on the hair shafts. Undercoat color clear and bright to the skin. Deeper color shades desired, however intensity of ticking not to be sacrificed for depth of color. Darker shading along spine allowed if fully ticked. Preference given to cats UNMARKED on the undersides, chest, and legs; tail without rings. Facial Markings: dark lines extending from eyes and brows, cheekbone shading, dots and shading on whisker pads are all desirable enhancements. Eyes accentuated by fine dark line, encircled by light colored area. Eye color: gold or green, the more richness and depth of color the better. The description for ruddy Abys continues, “RUDDY: coat ruddy brown (burnt-sienna), ticked with various shades of darker brown or black; the extreme outer tip to be the
darkest, with orange-brown undercoat. Tail tipped with black. The underside and inside of legs to be a tint to harmonize with the main color. Nose leather: tile red. Paw pads: black or brown, with black between toes, extending slightly beyond the paws.”

the Abyssinian breed article, written by Norm Auspitz, further elaborates on this: “The singular defining feature of the Abyssinian breed is its richly colored, ticked tabby coat free of markings on its legs, tail, and neck but exhibiting dramatic facial markings. Each hair is “ticked” with four to six bands of color, dark at the tip, lighter at the roots, alternating dark and light. In the ideal Abyssinian the color at the root is bright and matches the color on its undersides and the insides of its legs…In [ruddy Abys] the darker bands of color are dark sepia to black and the lighter bands a bright orange, giving the impression of a burnt sienna iridescent cat.


Jacoby has excellent colour and ticking, according to all the judges this past weekend. Here, judge Rachel Anger shows the spectators Jake’s ticking, banding and undercoat.