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Morphological Types

Definition :


Terms corresponding to body type. Three different morphological types can be distinguished:


• Medium-limbed or medium type. Balanced, harmonious proportions. Intermediate in size. Straight profile, head (face) is round or trapezoid-shaped; slight stop, medium-sized nose, ears, and eyes. Example: European Shorthair, British Shorthair, Chartreux;


• Long-limbed or Oriental type. Slender body, fine bone and muscle structure, long legs, small feet. Head fairly triangular and elongated, domed profile, no stop. Almond-shaped eyes. Large, pointed ears. Long tail. Examples: Siamese, Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau;


• Short-limbed or stocky type. Massive silhouette, compact muscle structure. Heavy bone structure. Short legs. Wide head is squareshaped. Concave profile, domed forehead, pronounced stop, short, wide nose, angular chin, full cheeks. Round eyes. Wide, short, wellspaced ears. Short, well-furnished tail. A longhaired coat enhances the short-limbed type by making the legs appear shorter. Example: Persian.