Delmun Cat Standards
  • GENERAL APPEARANCE

    The Delmun is a large and long bodied svelte cat. Well muscled with longer back legs and small rounded front paws. Males and females are the same size at maturity.

    HEAD

    Head is small in comparison to body. Nose is medium in length with an almost straight profile. Chin is not prominent and relaxed, with a wedged face.

    EARS

    Ears are Medium to large, and very expressive. Kittens almost look like mini bats when very young. Ears are broad at base and always have two blush bands (top and bottom) unless they are white Delmuns. Minimum hair on ears and no tufts on ear tips.

    EYES

    Large eyes, almond shaped, and slanted toward ears. One tone colour eyes only.

    BODY

    Long bodies with a well muscled but svelte appearance. Delmuns have a long neck with a slight dip after shoulder blades and the general appearance of slightly loose skin.

    FEET AND LEGS

    Front feet are slightly webbed with a lot of pigmentation. They are small and oval in appearance. Delmuns look like they are on tip-toe. Back feet are hare-like and very long. Front legs are short and back legs are longer and muscular in the thigh region.

    TAIL

    Tails are very long and thick at the base. Most Delmuns have blunt tips of tails.

    COAT

    Coat is unusually plush, and short. Quality of coat is almost pelt-like.

    ALLOWANCE

    Allowance must be made for entire males that have thicker necks and heavy jowls at maturity that might give them the appearance of a rounder face shape.

    COLOURS

    All Delmuns are basically Spotted Tabbies and are classified in 6 groups :

    a) Spotted Tabby: confirmation of exact pattern is still under way, but this colour appears to have specific marks and they are: Two necklaces, with two bars on left front leg, two bands on each ear and the general spotted tabby markings. These definitive marks are on every spotted tabby in the Delmun breed.
    b) White: These cats are born from spotted tabbies and appear mostly with some entire black siblings. The whites are always born with a small blue patch behind one ear that disappears in adulthood. Once mature, the nose, and tip of ears exhibit a blue blush. They are usually larger then all other Delmuns. When mated to an s. Tabby they throw full spotted tabbies and tabby and whites.
    c) Tabby and White: Most tabby and whites have van pattern on ears and tail and throw full tabbies, but never full whites.
    d) Black: The blacks are really spotted tabbies with excess melanism. In the bright sun, they may exhibit spots and look very dark brown. They are mostly in litters with whites or only in s. Tabby to s. Tabby matings.
    e) Black and White: These Delmuns have a Turkish van pattern on ears and tail. They have
    never been seen with spotting in black areas of their coats.
    f) Tabby Tortie: a very rare sight, but appears every now and then with no white at all on the body. It is here that we get the ginger spotted cats.


    NOTE:

    EYE COLOUR

    All eye colours are acceptable except blue. Only white Delmuns exhibit this eye colour.No two toned eye colour has ever been observed in Delmuns.

    PERSONALITY

    They are one owner cats usually, and very quite unless taught otherwise. They have weak meows and mostly chatter when hungry. A true hunter and can accomplish many tricks when taught. Not an affectionate cat, but will always be at your side.

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