What is a Breed Advisory Committee (BAC)?

A Breed Advisory Committee (BAC) is a comittee of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). There is a BAC for each breed with a responsilbilty to work in the interests of the cats of its Breed by estabishing, monitoring and maintaining its Breeding Policy, Registration Policy and the Standards of Points. The BAC also monitors the training and performance of the Judges on its list and candidates for Judges within its Probationer Judge Appointment Scheme. The BAC also provides a forum for discussion between the Constituent Clubs. This BAC considers all aspects of the Exotic Breed (including Exotic Longhairs) within the Persian Section.

The BAC operates in accordance to its Constitution which is based on a GCCF template for BACs and after personalisation to meet specific BACs purposes is approved by the GCCF’s Executive Committee. Once formed the BAC become the sole group recognised as the advisory/recommending body to the GCCF Council for that Breed.

The BAC's Constitution, Philosophy and Principles of Appointing Judges together with the Procedure for Selection can be seen by clicking the Documents links.

A new Breed Number System is being proposed using EMS Codes as a replacement for the existing GCCF Breed Numbering System. The EMS System uses a combination of letters and numbers to describe the breed. Used by FIFE the EMS System has widespread adoption throughout many parts of the world. These codes will be reviewed at the June Meeting of the GCCF Council.
Download the EMS codes here
Download "A Guide to EMS Codes" here

Date of next meeting

Sunday October 2018

Who is on the Exotic BAC?

The Exotic BAC is made up of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and five representatives from the two recognised Exotic Breed Clubs.

The Chairman is to be announced
The Secretary is to be announced
The Treasurer is Stewart McEwen (email:

Please send correspondence to Anna McEntee (email: or by post to: 24 Albemarle Road, St Ives, Cambs PE27 3UN

The two Constituent Clubs are:
The Exotic Shorthair Cat Society (
(Hon. Sec.: Barbara McEwen –
The Exotic Cat Club (web:
(Hon. Sec.: Anna McEntee– email:

Website - email:

Judge Appointment Scheme

The BAC administers the Judges Appointment Scheme for the Exotic Breed list. The system is a unified system applied throughout the Cat Fancy. The requirements are clearly defined and the scheme operates within an identified procedure. The appointment and dismissal of Judges is the prerogative of Council who usually base their decisions on the recommendations of the BAC.

The Scheme covers all aspects of training and monitoring from Stewarding, through being a Probationer Judge to promotion and review of a Full Judge. The Rules of the Exotic BAC are as defined in the core GCCF Rules to ensure compatibility throughout all the Breed BACs. An application to enter the scheme or apply to become a Judge is accompanied by a fee that is set by the GCCF. Details of the Philosophy and Principles of the judges Appointment Scheme together with the Procedure for the training and selection process are shown in the Document links.

The BAC also holds Seminars from time to time. These Seminars are intended to educate and train breeders, exhibitors, those participating in the BAC’s Judge Appointment Scheme as well as existing Full Judges to ensure a full understanding of the Exotic breed.

Genetic testing

Langford Veterinary Services is a UK based laboratory owned by the University of Bristol and based at the Veterinary School at Langford. They have been performing genetic testing for cats for many years and have several new genetic tests in the UK. They perform a large range of genetic tests for cats including HCM, PKD, PK Deficiency, PRA, blood typing and coat colours. Langford offer Breed Societies a 20% discount. For more details follow this link - Langford Veterinary Services. Please quote the promotional code for Exotic Breed Advisory Committee - BreedCode41.