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Alfie at 8 weeks
Alfie at 8 weeks  

Alfie at 1 year
Alfie at 1 year  
I have a one year old cat. When we got him (at 8 weeks old) we just presumed he was a regular black cat, but as he got older, he completely outgrew my other black cat and he looks completely different. He's very long, but his limbs seem short for his length. He has very big paws though. Sometimes he looks black, but in some light he looks a chocolate brown colour. I'd really love to find out his breed, as I'm certain he's not the same breed as my other black cat. Thanks!!

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J,

Alfie is a black domestic shorthair.  I do like his green eyes (from the photo?).  There are many variations on shades of black in the cat world, from jet blue-black to rusty shades of black.

Larger domestic cats are slower developing, often taking 3-5 years to reach full development.  There are many large breeds in domestic cats, so he could be some mixture of a few of them.  The native North American longhaired working cat is the Maine Coon, whereas, the native shorthair working cat is the American Shorthair. Both of these reach a good size with the Maine Coon being the larger.  However shorthair is dominant over longhair, so it is not clear how large Alfie may get.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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