Its minor differences.CFA
- oldest USA cat registery. They are the last association to accept new breeds. Seems to be pretty strict in accepting and registration. IMO if your cat is eligible to be registered in CFA, its a good thing to do so as many people recoginize that association over the others. Doesn't mean you HAVE to show there, but you should register - makes it easier for future registration of individual/litter registrations.ACFA
- ACFA is a spin off of CFA. Judges and other breeders didn't like all of what CFA did and formed a new association. I like ACFA cause its pretty people/cat friendly and not as "snobbish" as CFA TICA
- is a spin off of ACFA - again, some judges/breeders didn't like what ACFA was doing and formed a newer/progressive association. They accept a lot of newer breeds then any other association.
I started out showing CFA with household pets and first pedigrees. Then I went to a few local ACFA shows and really liked them a lot - they were the first to accept and treat household pets as "equal" to championship and give them equilivant awards. ACFA HHPs are one of the most competitive groups
I tried a TICA show - but didn't like their policies in accepting a lot of new breeds people came up with. And at the time, I showed my rex (which was already Grand in CFA and Quad Grand in ACFA) and he walked out of ONE TICA show with enough points to qualify as a Grand. IMO it was too easy to get grand status. Plus I didn't like the fact that in one weekend you would get the same judge to judge your cat as a Speciality and following day as an Allbreed. Spooky got dumped by one judge in specialty - the very next day the same judge had him in top 5 of the Allbreed finals and raved about him. IMO if he was good enough for AB (which was against more cats) then why was he not good enough under the same judge the nite before in a specialty - same exact cats both days.
They each have a slightly different way of getting champion or grand champion. It depends on the area you are in and how many shows are put on by the association as to which one(s) you choose to show/register.