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Ojos Azules

Ojos Azules


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Breed Organizations

TICA Executive Office
Website: http://www.tica.org
The Cat Fanciers' Association
Website: http://www.cfainc.org

Native Country
United States Of America
Other Names
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Life Expectancy
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Litter Size
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Breed Appearance
Ojos Azules are remarkable for their deep blue eyes. Unlike the blue eyes seen linked to the genes in bicolor cats and cats with point coloration, both of which suppress pigmentation, this gene is not linked to any certain fur color or pattern, giving the opportunity to have cats with dark coats and blue eyes. The depth of color in the eyes is greater even than that seen in a Siamese (cat), and does not cause squinting, deafness or cross-eye.

Breed Description
Head: Can be inscribed in an equilateral triangle. Slightly rounded forehead. Angular muzzle. Nose with a slight break. Chin is neither prominent nor receding.
Eyes: Large, roughly round, but not globular. Light blue or gray-blue in color (neither turquoise nor lavender). In the case of heterochromatic eyes, the center of the eye may be gold, copper, or green. Dark colors are preferred.
Neck: Supple and arched.
Body: Neither too long (Oriental type) nor too massive or too short.
Paw: Hind legs slightly longer than forelegs. Medium to fine-boned. Small paws.
Tail: Proportionate to body, ending in a point.
Coat: Short, fine, soft, silky, shiny hair. Undercoat is not particularly developed but must be dense in color. All colors are allowed. White markings common on most extremities (tip of the tail, muzzle, paws). Spots on the belly or chest are faults. Particolors must have a white tail tip. Ojos Azules with solid white coats are not desirable, as they cannot be distinguished from common white, blue-eyed cats. Note that white, blue-eyed Ojos Azules are not deaf like most common white, blue-eyed cats. In addition, only white and colorpoint cats can have blue eyes. The Ojos Azules, which always has blue eyes regardless of coat color, is the product of spontaneous mutation by a dominant gene.
Fault: Too large. Too svelte or too massive. Pointed muzzle. Pale, small, Oriental eyes. Coat too downy, too fluffy. Distinct spots on the chest and belly. Disqualify: eyes not blue. Particolors with a tail tip other than white.


History
Extraordinary dark blue eyes This new breed is descended from Cornflower, a tortie female discovered in New Mexico in 1984. She had very dark blue eyes, a feature normally found only in white or colorpoint cats. The breed's Spanish name means "blue eyes". These cats have blue eyes regardless of coat color. In 1991, T.I.C.A. published a standard. The breed is very rare.

Behavior
This cat is active, friendly, affectionate, and easy to groom.

Health
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