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Chris Merritt ~ CQI ~ Groups: All Breeds (Tutor)

Judges Details

  • Panel: 1986/1992
  • Address: P.O Box 9050 ,
    Wilsonton 4350
  • Phone: 07 4637 0058
  • Mob: 0417 370 045
  • Email:Email


I currently breed Burmese under the JOVELLES prefix and British Shorthairs under the CARINYA prefix. Past breeds include Persian and Exotic Shorthair. I began breeding pedigreed cats in Townsville, North Queensland, approximately 40 years ago under the Kavadh prefix. At this stage I bred Persians in several colours and patterns but particularly specialised in "colour–bred" cream, blue and bluecream Persians with considerable success. A few years later, with my husband Terry, I began to breed British S/H under the Carinya prefix and was very successful on the show bench. From there, we embarked on a program to breed Exotic S/H's experimentally. We continued to breed British and Exotics until we moved to Toowoomba in 1994 when I was planning to retire from breeding cats. This is where the love affair with Burmese began. We continue to breed Burmese under the Jovelles prefix with our daughter Carolynn and once again, we have renewed our love affair with the British under the Carinya prefix. JUDGING: I became a Group 1 Judge in 1986 and an All–Breeds judge in 1992. I have judged throughout Australia and New Zealand on many occasions. As well as judging in South Africa, I have also been fortunate to have numerous opportunities to judge as a CFA Guest Judge in Asia over the last few years. I am also on the All Breeds Guest Judges Panel of ACFA USA. I am an All–Breeds Tutor Judge with Cats Queensland Inc. and am on the CCC of A Tutor Judge's panel. I am currently also on the Management Committee of CQ Inc. as the Vice President and also hold the positions of Honorary Registrar & Membership Officer. For the past few years, I have held the position of Vice President of the Exotic Cat Club of Queensland Inc. and I am also member of the Curly Coats cat Club of Queensland Inc. More personally, I am married and have 3 grown children. Two are married and there are currently 11 grandchildren and Terry and I welcomed our first great grand child late in 2015. I am a retired primary school teacher and beside my family and cats, I love going to the movies, reading, cooking and gardening. With Terry, we also operate a small boarding cattery on our 6 acre property in beautiful Toowoomba.