For anyone who is interested in how and why I breed ....here goes....
I got my first pet British cat in late 1989 a red self called millie.
However, I loved the breed and got my first blue, a boy, as a pet friend for millie a couple of months later. I did show him for a while but soon realised he was not show quality so he stayed at home and is rather fat! he is known to his friends as "Sumo Sammy" . Sammy died in Nov 2007.
I was however quite taken with showing and the considered long and hard about breeding seriously as a hobby as I work full time and bought a blue-cream girl who started me off in my breeding of blues, cream and blue-creams. I always preferred the cream colours and later went into Bi-Colours as I adore the cream&white...as you will see demonstrated in my web site!
I concentrated on my Bi-colours and still do very much so as my first love, however in a mating some years ago a colourpointed kitten popped out..quite to my surprise who is Ch Loraston Annastazia, founder of Ch & Premier Loraston Bertrum Stanley, Ch Loraston Sir Galahad, Ch Loraston Jack Thelad, Gr Ch & UKGr Pr Adquash Loraston Lucinda, Ch Loraston Chanelle and some much loved pets.
I am quite particular where my cats go and will not let a "single" kitten to people who work all day as its not fair on the kitten, in my opinion. I also do not let kittens go for "just one litter" as I don't personally believe this is right for the cat. It puts us breeders in a difficult position of putting a kitten on the active register we would otherwise put on the non-active. This means a kitten can or cannot register litters when its bred from with the GCCF. Breeders, in my opinion, have to be responsible and err on the side of caution if the breed is to be improved.
My kittens are raised in doors and their mums are with them till I feel its in the best interest of mum and babies that they are separated. My queens are all different and I judge the situation by each litters needs. Some girls leave their babies at about 11 weeks and some about 9 weeks.
I breed to improve the standard British cat in my favourite colours.
My vaccinations which are for Leukemia, Calici and herpes Virus(catflu), enteritis and chlamydia are given at 9 and 12 weeks using Pentofel vaccine and if I have any kittens I will let them leave at 13 weeks. They are wormed from 4 weeks using Panacur and are health checked by my vets before going to new homes.
The GCCF guidelines are 13 weeks.
For those of you who email me and appear surprised when I ask you questions about yourself or call me on the phone asking for a breeder in a different area to me but have no idea at all of what colours you might like. May I suggest the following, visit a cat show, the GCCF web site has a list, look at web sites of clubs, see GCCF club list, don't just jump on first colour you might see, think about it. I do try to help where I can but if you don't have any idea of colours at all, this is why I put examples of colours I breed on the home page.
I am also GCCF Full Judge and judge British Shorthairs, Selkirk Rex, Burmese, Exotics, Toygers and Asians. Since starting to judge this fascinating breed I am increasingly interested in their breeding, especially Burmillas and Ticked Tabbies. I am also now a pupil Judge in Siberians and Persians, Devon Rex and Sphynx
I am a committe member of the GCCF Judges Guild and GCCF delegate from June 2016 to the GCCF Council. I serve on the Burmese BAC and was on the BAC Review Group until 2017 where I moved onto the GCCF Show Review Group.
To my mind the Hobby is about improving the breed, our judges and our processes within the GCCF.
Sue Dalton-Hobbs (nee Lorton-Hobbs)
Tel: 07770 814153