HIGHLANDER BREED GROUP (HG/HGS)
The Highlander (HGS) is a medium to large shorthair domestic cat. Distinguishing features are it's sloping forehead, wide nose, blunt profile, and the loose relaxed curl to its wide based ears. The Highlander Longhair (HG) is the long hair version.
Division: Solid, Tortie, Tabby, Silver/Smoke.
Permissible Outcrosses: Domestic longhair/shorthair, not a member of a recognized breed.
Head: Total of 40 points
Shape: 6 points
Wide, inverted pear shaped head withsubstantial width to muzzle.
Eyes: 5 points
Medium to large set far apart. Set on a slight bias. Slightly flattened oval in shape. Eye color independent of coat color except in Pointed Category.
Ears: 10 points
Medium to large, wide at the base, set as much on top of the had as on the side, as erect as possible. Ears must be firm at the base, flexible at the tips. Loose relaxed curl of no more than 90 degrees, allowing the tips of the ears to be visible in a frontal view. Ear furnishing and ear tuffs are desired but not required. Kittens may have a greater degree of curl but not more than 90 degrees by adulthood.
Muzzle: 6 points
Full, wide, strong with a definite break. Prominent whisker pads should make muzzle appear squared.
Chin: 6 points
Strong and deep. Must align with top of jaw.
Profile: 3 points
Rounded back skull, sloping forehead, change of direction at the eye ridge, may have a slight concave curve to nose. Nose, muzzle and chin form a blunt look in profile.
Nose: 4 points
Wide with substantial nose leather.
Body: Total of 40 points
Torso: 10 points
Medium to large in size with noticeable depth. Rectangular in shape. Straight back with hips higher than shoulders. Overall muscled, athletic appearance. Males are proportionally larger than females.
Legs: 2.5 points
Medium in length, back legs longer than front.
Feet: 2.5 points
Medium to large, rounded with large knuckles. Longhair (HD) must have toe tufts.
Tail: 10 points
Short and thick. Bone length must be a minimum of 1 inch in adults with proportional length in kittens. Should not extend past the hock. Kinks and curls are allowed.
Boning: 8 points
Moderately heavy and substantial.
Musculature: 7 points