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In the Tabby Shorthair classes, which were dominated by Silver and Brown Classic Tabbies, the Red Tabbies often had a hard time of it. And even when successful, they also had to compete for Best Shorthair, against the classic Blues and Solid Whites (often Blue-eyed), which were often seen as the 'glamour cats'.
But one or two did stand out and during the period from 1895 through to 1905, 'Ch. Ballochmyle Perfection' was one such cat. Like his great grandfather, the celebrated brown tabby 'Ch.Xenophon', he lived long, and had a successful show career within his own colour class, running up an impressive record of two Gold Medals, over 100 firsts, numerous championships,(as of 1903) and still winning First and Specials for Best of Colour at the Crystal Palace at 11 plus years of age!
Frances Simpson, in 'The Book of The Cat' (1903) had the following to say about Red Tabbies and of Ch.Ballochmyle Perfection in particular:
By her reference to the 'chip off the old block' we can only surmise that she may be referring to his paternal great grandsire, 'Ch. Fulmer Xenophon', quite possibly the most celebrated Classic Tabby Shorthair of all time.
Likewise, Charles Lane, in his book, Rabbits, Cats & Cavies published the same year, remarks as follows:
"Perfection" was born on the 22nd August, 1894, bred Mr R.Betts, from Mr Down's Red Tabby male, 'Orange Boy' and out of Mr Bett's 'Tortoiseshell', a dam of whom we know little, except that she was a daughter of a Red Tabby female, named 'Red Poppy'.3
He appears then to have become the property of Mr George Towlerton, during which time he sired a female named "Goldfinder", bred by Mr R Kuhnel, (famous for his line of Red Tabbies), before he was finally on-sold to Lady Alexander. This transfer to Lady Alexander appears to have taken place in all probability around 1898, as from early 1899, she starts registering 'Ballochmyle' progeny sired by him.
Unknown Orange Boy | Unknown Ballochmyle Perfection, Aug-24-1894, Red Tabby BSH M | Unknown Tortoiseshell Unknown
At this point in time, we have found no siblings of 'Ballochmyle Perfection'.
In the National Cat Club Register, his wins, as of 1899 were recorded as: Thirty-three firsts, including 1st Crystal Palace ,1896; 1st Crystal Palace, 1897; 3rd Crystal Palace, 1898; 2nd Botanic, 1899; 1st, Cup and Championship, Westminster, 1899.3 However, by the time Charles Lane's book arrived on the scene in 1903, that tally had climbed to two gold medals, 100 prizes etc…1
Of progeny from 'Ballochmyle Perfection', we can find the following cats notated in the registers:
Bred by Mr & Mrs Kuhnel and born on 2nd March 1897:- (possibly from a Granddam to Grandson mating)
Goldfinder appears to have gone to Mr T.Wilkinson, who bred her back to 'Perfection', and then she and her progeny both become the property of Lady Alexander.
Then bred by Mr George Towlerton, and born on 29th March 1899: - from the same parentage;
Then born on 5th July, 1899, by 'Ballochmyle Perfection' and out of Towerton's 'Floss':
'Perfection Junior' appears to have been retained as a stud for breeding by MrTowlerton, while 'Red Eagle' was neutered and transferred to Lady Alexander as 'Ballochmyle Red Eagle'.
Lastly a litter bred by Mr T.Wilkinson, born 14th December, 1899:
The result of this Father/Daughter breeding returning to the stud owner, Lady Alexander.
'No Fool', listed in the first litter above, is later found as "Ballochmyle No Fool", and appears in time as the dam of the next generation, namely a Grandson of Perfection, named "Ballochmyle Red Prince", sired by Mr Kuhnel's 'Wharfedale Sam'. 'Red Prince'; is alluded to in Frances Simpson's references to the progeny and grand-progeny of 'Perfection' in The Book of The Cat (1903).
Registers associated with this article include The Incorporated Cat Fanciers Association of Great Britain (TICFAGB), National Cat Club (NCC), The Cat Club (CCR), Beresford Cat Club (BCC), Feline Federation Francaise (FFF), Siamese Cat Registry (SCR), US Register & Studbook for Cats (USR)including Supplement(USRS), The Studbook of the American Cat Association (ACA), and the Studbook & Register of the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).
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