LANGHAAR / LONGHAIR BREEDS (Group 1)            
British Longhair BLH          
Bohemian Rex BRX**          
Deutsch Langhaar (German Longhair) DLH          
Highland Fold (Scottish Fold Longhair) SFL          
Highland Straight (Scottish Longhair Straight) SFL71          
Original Longhair TLH          
Persian (Incl Colourpoint / Himalayan) PER          
Selkirk Rex Longhair SRL          
Chinchilla Longhair (SACC) CHL*          
American Curl Longhair ACL          
American Bobtail Longhair ABL*          
American Tiffany (Burmese Longhair) AMT*          
Aphrodite Longhair APL*          
Asian Longhair ALH*          
Australian Tiffany AUT*          
Sacred Birman SBI          
Bombay Longhair BOL*          
Burmilla Longhair BUL*          
Cashmere (Bengal Longhair) CAM*          
Cheetoh CEE**          
Clipper Cat Longhair CLL**          
Cymric (Manx Longhair) CYM          
Japanese Bobtail Longhair JBL*          
Karelian Bobtail Longhair KAL          
Kurilean Bobtail Longhair KBL          
Lambkin Longhair LAL**          
LaPerm Longhair LPL          
Lykoi Longhair LYL***          
Maine Coon MCO          
Mandalay Longhair (non pointed Burmese) MLL*          
Munchkin Longhair MKL*          
Minuet (former Napoleon) Longhair MIL*          
Nebelung(Russian Blue Longhair) NEB*          
New Zealand Longhair NZL*          
Norwegian Forest Cat NFO          
Ojos Azules Longhair OZL*          
Pixie-Bob Longhair PBL*          
Polycoon PCO*          
Ragamuffin RMF          
Ragdoll RAG          
Siberian (incl Neva Masquerade) SIB          
Skookum Longhair SKL*          
Somali SOM          
St.Helen Longhair STL**          
Tasmanian Cymric TCY**          
Tiffany (European Burmese Longhair) TIF*          
Turkish Angora TUA          
Turkish Van / Van Kedisi TUV          
Ural Rex Longhair URL          
York YOR          
Non recognized Longhair XLH***          
Kurzhaar / SHORTHAIR BREEDS (Group 3)            
Abyssinian ABY          
American Bobtail Shorthair ABS*          
American Burmese BUA*          
American Curl Shorthair ACS          
American Shorthair ASH          
American Wirehair AMW*          
Anatoli (Turkish Van Shorthair) ANA          
Aphrodite Shorthair APS*          
Arabian Mau ARM          
Asian Shorthair ASI*          
Australian Mist AUM          
Bambino BAM**          
Bengal BEN          
Bombay (Shorthair) BOM          
Brazilian Shorthair BRA          
British Shorthair BRI          
Burmese (European) BUR          
Burmilla (Shorthair) BML          
California Spangled CAS*          
European Shorthair (Celtic Shorthair) EUR          
Ceylon CEY          
Chartreux CHA          
Chausie CHS*          
Clipper Cat Shorthair CLS**          
Cornish Rex CRX          
Devon Rex DRX          
Don Sphynx (Donskoy) DSX          
Egyptian Mau MAU          
Elf ELF***          
Exotic Shorthair EXO          
German Rex GRX          
Japanese Bobtail Shorthair JBT          
Kanaani KAN          
Carelian Bobtail Shorthair KAS          
Korat KOR          
Kurilean Bobtail Shorthair KBS          
Lambkin Shorthair LAS*          
LaPerm (Shorthair) LPS          
Li Hua (Chinese Dragon Cat) LIH*          
Lykoi Shorthair LYS***          
Mandalay Shorthair (non pointed Burmese) MLS*          
Manx MAN          
Minuet (former Napoleon) MIS*          
Munchkin Shorthair MKS          
New Zealand Shorthair NZS**          
Ocicat (Classicat; Jungala) OCI          
Ojos Azules (Shorthair) OZS**          
Pixie Bob (Shorthair) PBS*          
Russian RUS          
Savannah SAV*          
Scottish Fold SFS          
Scottish Straight SFS71          
Selkirk Rex Shorthair SRS          
Serengeti SER***          
Singapura SIN          
Skookum Shorthair SKS*          
Snowshoe SNO          
Sokoke SOK          
Sphynx (Canadian Sphynx) SPH          
St.Helen Shorthair STS**          
Tasmanian Manx TAX**          
Templecat (Birman Shorthair) SBS*          
Toyger TOG*          
Ukranian Levkoy UKL**          
Ukranian Levkoy Straight UKL71**          
Ural Rex Shorthair URS          
Non recognized Shorthair XSH***          
SIAMESE / ORIENTAL (Group 4)            
Balinese BAL          
Foreign White Longhair (BAL white) BALw          
Foreign White Shorthair (SIA white) SIAw          
Havana Brown HAV          
Mekong Bobtail MBT          
Oriental Longhair (Javanese) OLH

An OLH with 01, 02, 03 -

is an OLH (+ the rest)

Oriental Shorthair (Javanese) OSH

An OSH with 01, 02, 03 -

is an OLH (+ the rest)

Peterbald PBD          
Seychellois Longhair (White patched BAL) BAL0_

Seychellois LH = only pointed BAL,

can be 01,

02, 03, so not only bicolour

Seychellois Shorthair (White patched SIA) SIA0_

Seychellois SH = only pointed SIA,

can be 01, 02, 03, so not only bicolour

Siamese SIA          
Suphalak SUP**          
Thai (Wichienmat) THA          
Thaiyao (Thai Longhair) THL**          
Tibetan (Tonkinese Longhair) TOL*          
Tonkinese TON          
Toybob TOB**          
HAUSKATZE / HOUSEHOLD PET  (Group 5)            
Domestic Shorthair DOS          
Domestic Longhair DOL          
Household Pet Shorthair (incl mixed breed/companion) HPS          
Household Pet Longhair (incl mixed breed/companion) HPL          
Variant - without the coat phenotype of the breed Var          
FARBEN / COLOURS            
Black/Normal/Ruddy/Seal n          
Blue a          
Chocolate b          
Lilac c          
Red d          
Cream e          
Black-Tortie / Seal-Tortie f          
Blue-Tortie g          
Chocolate-Tortie h          
Lilac-Tortie j          
Cinnamon/Sorrel o          
Fawn p          
Cinnamon/Sorrel-Tortie q          
Fawn-Tortie r          
White w          
Unrecognised colour  in certain breeds x          
Amber***** (only together with n, a, d, e, f, g) t          
Caramel (only together with a, c, e, g, j, p, r) m          
Golden y          
Russet (Burmese with extention locus modifyer) z          
Silver s          
Sunshine (in Siberian and other approved breeds)***** u          
Fellzeichnungen / PATTERNS            
Van 01          
Harlequin 02          
Bicolour****** 03          
Mitted 04          
Snowshoe 05          
Unspecified amount of white****** 09          
Shaded 11          
Shell/Chinchilla/Tipped 12          
Agouti/Unspecified Tabby 21          
Blotched (Classic) Tabby 22          
Mackerel Tabby 23          
Spotted Tabby (Mackerel with modifyer) 24          
Ticked Tabby 25          
Marbled Tabby (Blotched with modifyer) 26          
Rosetted Tabby (Mackerel with different modifyer) 27          
Sepia (Burmese Pointed CbCb) 31          
Mink (Tonkinese Pointed CbCs) 32          
Colourpoint (Siamese Pointed/Himalayan Pointed CsCs) 33          
TAIL (Manx)            
Rumpy 51          
Rumpy Riser 52          
Stumpy (up to 3 cm) 53          
Long (more than 3 cm) 54          
EYE COLOUR            
Blue Eyed 61          
Orange Eyed 62          
Odd Eyed 63          
Green Eyed 64          
Golden Eyed (Burmese / Sepia cbcb) 65          
Aqua Eyed (Mink cbcs) 66          
Pointed Blue Eyed (White Colourpoint cscs) 67          
Straight Ears 71          
Curled Ears 72          
SKIN TYPE (Peterbald)            
Naked Skin 80          
Normal Coat Longhair 81          
Normal Coat Shorthair 82          
Brush Coat 83          
Straight coate (without the dominant coat phenotype for various Rex breeds) 84          
Velour 85          
TOES / LEGS (as in the standard for specific breeds only)            
Normal number of Toes 90          
Polydactyl front legs 91          
Polydactyl hind legs 92          
Polydactyl all 4 legs 93          
Long Legs 97          
Short Legs 98          




The EMS code, as adapted for the WCF, is known as the WEMS code.

These codes are not mandatory, but strongly recommended,      
so that pedigrees may be universally understood.        
It is also strongly recommended that the full genetic code is used for all breeds,  

without dropping codes for pattern, etc. - for example SIAn33.


Additional Information to the EMS Code            
*Breeds/colours recognized by one of the World Cat Congress member associations, but not yet in the formal WCF Standard of Points. (An accepted breed). They may be registered in the experimental registry, by adding exp behind the Registration Number or in the RIEX registry. They may be entered at WCF shows and receive all titles.            
**New experimental breeds in the process of recognition by the WCF. They have a provisional standard of points. They may receive experimental pedigrees, may be registered and exhibited at shows.  They may participate in WCF Rings, but not receive championship titles.            
*** New experimental breeds in the process of recognition in any other World Cat Congress member. They may receive experimental pedigrees in WCF. They may be entered at WCF shows and rings but not receive championship titles. The provisional standard of points of the association working on the recognition of this breed must be presented to the judge before judging.            
**** The Thai breed may also be called “Wichianmat” which is the original name for this breed in Thailand.            
*****Amber and Sunshine are only recognised for Breeds where the colour standard states: "All colours recognized" or where amber or sunshine is explicitly recognized in the standard.            
****** The EMS colour code 03 (Bicolour) is restricted to the breeds: PER; BLH; TLH; SFL; BRX; SLH; BRI; EXO; SFS; SSH; RAG; SNO; SRX; SRL where a certain amount of white is required. All other breeds use the EMS colour code 09: any amount of white permitted. ("With White" or "& White")            
******* A WCF member club is not obliged to register any experimental breed, colour or pattern, if it is not in agreement.  It is also not obliged to register every WCF recognised breed.   Member clubs are, however obliged to accept all WCF recognised breeds for show entries.             
The original idea of the EMS (Easy Mind System) came from Eva Minde, Norway. Dagny Dickens, Sweden (at that time a FIFe-trained Allbreed judge, who joined the WCF later) then developed and refined the system together with Eva Minde. The original EMS was expanded under her supervision by Johan Lamprecht for internal use by the South African club, CASA.   It was further adapted by the WCF Secretary General and distrubuted to WCF clubs.  A newer revised version, including the Judges Commission proposals, was accepted in principle by the GA meeting of 2017, for refinement as necessary in future.  The WCF is grateful to Dagny Dickens for helping us to continue with this internationally recognised coding system for cat breeds, colours, patterns and other features.            
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