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The Russian Breed Advisory Committee (better known as the RBAC) is currently comprised of members of the RBBA committee plus an independent Chairman who is Mrs. Maria Chapman-Beer. Maria is a Breeder of Burmese cats, a judge of many breeds, a Show Manager and an ex member of the GCCF Executive Committee. She is currently a member of the GCCF Finance Committee and the Appeals Committee. I am secretary of the BAC responsible for arranging meetings, agendas, minutes etc.

The RBAC monitors the progress of Probationer Judges and Stewards, the Russian Standard of Points, the Registration and Breeding Policy and their submission to the GCCF for approval. It is also responsible for the promotion of Russian Whites (16a14c) and Russian Blacks (16a15).

The BAC have requested that information is posted on this website to keep breeders/owners up to date with the progression of the Russian White and Russian Black cats.

Please note that the new BAC Secretary is Laurie Emtage.

Laurie Emtage
Secretary RBAC

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The Russian BAC has submitted the Russian Breeding Policy to the GCCF for consideration. Although it includes the 2006 Russian Registration Policy it is important to note that the Registration Policy is under review and will be updated shortly.

Luxating Patella in Russian cats Advice from the GCCF Veterinary Advisory Committee

The Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) has advised that screening for luxating patella can be carried out by simple clinical examination and does not necessitate the risk of examination under anaesthetic.

A Grade 1 is not necessarily significant, especially in kittens and young cats as some mobility of the patella is normal. It is the opinion of the VAC that a cat with any degree of spontaneous patellar luxation is unsuitable for breeding. i.e. Grade 2 upwards.The VAC suggests that all kittens are checked for spontaneous patellar luxation by their vet at the 1st and 2nd vaccinations and those with patella luxation are not selected for breeding. Cats should also be checked premating or at the first booster vaccination, whichever comes sooner and at subsequent booster vaccination health checks as patellar luxation does sometimes develop at a later age.


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