Originally Posted by lionessrampant
People were always asking me if Lola was a RUssian Blue, so I did a little test. If I said yes, the response was something like "WOW! I've NEVER seen a purebred cat up CLOSE! She is so BEAUTIFUL! Are they always this friendly and outgoing?! I want one! I wish I could find a cat this wonderful! etc, etc". When I said she was a rescued stray people almost 100% of the time said, verbatim, "But she's SO FRIENDLY!" It was never about her beauty or how impressed they were with anything other than the fact that she could still be "normal" having been born in a dumpster in Rogers Park.
Something like this just came up in the breeders forum in regards to judging house hold pets and breed cats at shows. It was mentioned in a thread that any cat that shows shyness will automatically be looked over and not given ample opportunity to be judged on it's merits. I personally think it's wrong for judges at shows to put a cats personality above the cats health and appearance when they are scoring the cat. For me, this includes the moggies shown in HHP class. Sure, moggies come in all shapes, sizes, colors and fur lengths, but it is so crystal clear which of them are super healthy, have stunning coats, have superior musculature and bone structure. I have seen some moggies at cat shows that are absolutely fantastic examples of felines.
Personality should be considered of course, but in my opinion it is the last deciding factor when a judge can't make up her/his mind on two cats of equal quality.
That being said, I'm very fortunate and happy that the majority of our show cats are calm, cool, collected and can ham it up on stage. I have one right now who can be a bit grumpy at times, but overall he does alright. But, I still don't think it's fair when a breeder who has a cat that clearly beats my cat in looks, gets snubbed because the cat doesn't "suck up" to the judge.