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all about the Official Book of Feline Origins

The Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) is a register listing cat breeds. This is the only genealogical book dedicated exclusively to felines in France.

the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) lists in France about sixty breeds of cats with varied morphologies. Beyond the physical, there is also the specific behavior of each race.

What is LOOF?

the Official Book of Feline Originsmore commonly known as LOOFwas entrusted with the management of the book of the feline species in France, by the Ministry of Agriculture on November 4, 1996.

Only cats born in France and registered with LOOF are legally recognized in our country as purebred cats. This designation may justify a higher price than that of a cross cat.

The LOOF is held by an association law 1901 and has the mission, in addition to managing the book of origins, to:

  • Write the breed standards and its “breeding objectives”
  • Write official documents relating to breeders
  • Organize cat competitions
  • Train and appoint cat show judges
  • Promote cat breeds
  • Train the breeders

How to recognize a LOOF cat?

A LOOF cat has a birth certificate attesting to its registration with the LOOF by its breeder, this certificate is called the pedigree.

the pedigree constitutes the genealogical tree of an animal, it makes it possible to “trace» the origins of the cat. We find his parents, his grandparents or his great-grandparents. This document also certifies that the cat conforms to the characteristics set out in the standard for its breed.

Without this document, a cat, even very close to the standard of a race or resulting from two parents of different races, cannot in any case be called “purebred cat”.

How do I register a cat for LOOF?

To apply for a pedigree, you must wait for the animal to be identified, that is to say that it must be tattooed or chipped by a veterinarian. There is no minimum age to identify a cat but most tattoos or chips are implanted at the time of the first vaccinations or sterilization.

Once the animal has been identified, it must meet at least one of these criteria to obtain the LOOF label:

  • the cat must come from parents who themselves have a pedigree
  • the cat must be of parents who have a pedigree issued in France, even before the creation of the LOOF
  • the cat must come from parents who have a pedigree issued abroad, if they were born outside France.

The request for pedigrees can be done on the MyLOOF website and takes place in two stages:

Declaration of mating and birth

First of all, the breeder must make a declaration of mating and birth (DSN). This document must be signed by the owner of the female and that of the male (if different) and must be drawn up within 2 months of the birth of the kittens.

Pedigree request

The pedigree request must be completed within 6 months of the birth of the kittens, after they have been identified by a veterinarian.

This document contains the chat information:

  • her name
  • his race
  • the type of hair
  • hair and eye color
  • his sex

Why adopt a LOOF cat?

Today in France there are about sixty breeds of cats recognized by the LOOF, with varied physique and characters.

From the oldest, such as the Persian, the Chartreux and the Siamese, to the most popular such as the Sacred Birman, the Maine Coon and the Bengal, cat breeds are increasingly present in our French homes, with 62,194 registrations in the LOOF in 2021, an increase of 18% compared to 2020.

Adopting a LOOF cat guarantees the future master:

  • the origins of the feline
  • his physique (height, type of hair, etc.)
  • his character

Indeed, according to the LOOF, thanks to a selection over generations, breeders have been able to work on the specificities of each breed of cats and developed their socialization and their privileged links with humans.

Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to advise you on the breed of cat that will suit you best.


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