When 2016 began, some breeds were moved to other categories. This was a big and controversial change in the cat shows, having votes for and against.
The data presented below shows the differences between 2015 and 2016 in numbers.
First of all, the amount of cats signed for show.
It is visible, that for 2016 less cats participated in shows. Even the gab between the years looks big, it is only 347 entries less during 2016.
When looking at the cats signed per category it is easy to see that the categories 1 and 4 were the least presented during 2015 compared to 2016.
Category 2 lost 19%
Category 3 lost 36,5%
Category 4 grew 500%
in the entries signed for shows.
When looking at what was the status at 2016 when comparing to data from 2015 IF the cats were already competing in the new categories, the chart shows that less cats competed in 2016 in category 4 and other categories gained more entries.
The results gained in the shows stayed similar between the years, but 2016 had less disqualifications than 2015 (-56%). There were also slightly more cats absent during 2016 than 2015.
Then lets look at the cats signed to the show per breed. There were a lot of thoughts and fears that some breeds will stop coming and some will see a big increase when the competition changed. See for yourself the charts below and make your own conclusions.
To make the charts easier to read and compare, I have listed the entries (not individual cats) per the new category division.
The entries are counted as percentages from the TOTAL amount of cats signed per year to make them comparable to each other.
Category 1 first
Most of the breeds increased with entries during 2016 from the numbers of 2015. Bengals, ocicat, egyptian mau and sokoke lost entries for 2016 from the numbers of previous year.
For category 4 biggest drop was for the old category 4 breeds, but this is partly due the fact that during 2015 there were final exams for judges for old category 4 and this itself increased the amount of entries noticeably. When looking for the other breeds, only somalians and abysinians gained more entries when other breeds lost.
And now finally the housecats.
The charts below demonstrate the percentage of cats nominated and gaining Best In Show. The percentages are calculated based on the amount of entries per breed. If there was 3 cats of breed X and all three cats gained BIS, the result is then 100%.
As previously, the data is presented according to the categories in effect from 2016 onwards.
First category 1.
Ragdolls had 35.2% increase in nominations from 2015 to 2016. Birmans stayed almost at the same numbers, when exotics (-14.2%) and persians (18.8%) were the "loosers"
From BIS results Birmans had a small gain, ragdolls had growth of 72% and exotics lost 38% and persians lost 36.8% of BIS results.
For BIS results 2016 brought forward more NFO, ACS and SIB winners than during previous year. MCO lost 18% of BIS results compared to 2015.
For the BIS results, again Korats lost -37%and Burmillas lost -56% while most of the other breeds gained.
For BIS results oriental shorthairs had a massive drop, also abyssinians "suffered" from the new category change by loosing BIS results. Cornish and devon rex, russian blue and sphinx had gains.
Again, please keep in mind that for category 4 the statistics for "old" category 4 breeds are not directly comparable as there were two "old" category 4 judges' exams in Poland and each of these brought massive amounts of cats for the shows which would have not been shown otherwise.
If you are interested of more statistics, please take a look here.