bought my first breeding queen, 'Suli' (registered as Polic Rowstock),
in 1969 and showed her fairly successfully, first as a kitten and
then as an adult (2 CCs) before breeding my first litter from her.
My prefix was registered with the GCCF in 1970 and I concentrated
on breeding the then relatively new Colourpoint Persians and soon
was also involved in breeding some of the early Chocolate Persians.
by the beginning of the 1980’s, we were becoming increasingly
disillusioned with the ‘ultra’ type Persians that were
begining to dominate the breed, so we decided instead to breed British
Shorthairs which we had always loved when we met them at shows.
We used our one remaining Chocolate Persian to help introduce that
attractive colour and the dilute version, Lilac, into the British.
We were fortunate in finding several far-sighted breeders of top quality
Blues and Blacks who were prepared to accept our little girl to stud.
first British Chocolate to appear on the show bench, in 1985, was
Idlebeck Navaho who features behind the pedigrees of many present
day Chocolate and Lilac British in the
UK and also in many countries around the world. At his first show
he was accompanied by his Lilac sister, Idlebeck Novelty, and Chocolate
Colourpoint brother, Idlebeck Nicodemus. The three of them created
quite a stir amongst both judges and exhibitors on that day –
some loved them and others felt that those colours could never be
‘proper’ British! How the majority view has changed! Nicodemus
went to live with Veldes Carnell as her stud. Navaho and ‘Nova’
stayed on to live with us.
Navaho and his sister Idlebeck Novelty at the Shropshire CC
Ch Show as kittens, where they were both awarded their Merit
were also well placed in side classes - such shame we had a
fault on our camera which blacked out nearly half of every photo
we took that day
1996, for various personal reasons, we gave up breeding and showing
for several years and spayed or neutered our remaining cats.
In 2001, when we were in a position to take up our hobby again, we
started looking for a kitten whose pedigree went back to our original
breeding and a year later, in 2002, were very fortunate to obtain
a Lilac kitten who fitted that specification, from our friend Veldes
of Misskin British Shorthairs. Using Misskin Idlebecky as our new
foundation queen, we have been pursuing a programme of further outcrosses
to good Blues and Blacks.
started showing again in 2006 and later in the same year we once again
produced our own Chocolate British kitten, Idlebeck Al Abama and bred
a few more in 2007 and 2008. All helping towards gaining full Championship
status for the Chocolate British Shorthairs from June 2009.
Now that has been achieved, our aim is to continue to help with the
improvement of these lovely cats until they can unquestionably hold
their own with any of the more established colours on the British