name is Erna Dahlhjelm and I´m the president and webbmaster
of Silver News, a breed club for silvers and goldens. My main trouble
is to write short, but I will really try to keep it short. You can
read the longer version on my homesite soon.
by myself with my cats, about a dozen, in an old mansion from about
1700. I´m breeding persians; chinchillas, silver shadeds and
goldens in different variants. My two kids, Suzana and Tim, have
their own families in other cities. They have given me 6 fantastic
started 1977. I always had loved longhair cats. I was totally carried
away by Chant Dar Ome´s beautiful chinchillas when I visited
her 1975. I had looked for several other colours and even Himalayans
during a long time.
International judge for Persians and Exotics since 1984 in FIFe.
My cattery name
is a result of an inquiry in my office, when they had to choose
between 20 namnes. Yamacatos was my 6th alternative. It´s
a word game between "jama" (= mew) and "cat",
but spelled in a different way.
At first I wanted
only to breed chinchillas, but my interest was soon born for goldens.
My first golden was purchased in 1979 (the very first born in Sweden).
In due time I understood what I desired in my work. At that time
the chinchillas was far behind in type compared with other persians,
so I had a lot of work to do. So what had I as my most important
goals? Except for better type, body and size, I always will keep
the special sweet chinchilla-look and a sound temperament. The earlier
chinchillas had a rather short patience. Increased fertility was
also on top on my list. To improve that, I purchased 4 cats 1977
with lines from USA and Great Britain in the pedigrees. Two imported
females from GB (Clicqout and Suncat) with lines from USA and New
Zeeland was my basic queens. Two females from Chant Dar Ome´s,
with different pedigrees, was also added the same year. Besides
that, I was the very first breeder to cross chinchillas to top quality
solids according to a plan. My first outcross was born 1978. There
was an ultra exterme typed smoke female in the litter. This was
long before any extreme cats exsisted in Sweden. I knew only about
some occationally solids in the whole world. The result encouraged
me to continue with solidcrosses, even if not all breeders liked
My first persian
cat was a blue (colourpoint carrier) neutered male, born 1972. He
was terrible to bath and dry. This made me very keen to select only
the best temeperament later on in my breeding. My first green eyed
silver was a chinchilla female, IC Chant Dar Ome´s Isabella,
a very successful show cat and a good queen with many lovely kittens.
She was 16 years when she died, almost blind.
are endless and there isn´t space here to tell it all. I will
spare it for my memoirs. Generally I can tell, that this hobby has
given me my best friends, people that I never would have meet otherwise,
whitch I´m very greatful for. In addition I have also met
the worst people ever, but I think it´s unavoidable, when
you meet so many people in a hobby so filled of hard competition.
I´m very happy for all people who has showed and bred cats
from me. Most of all I´m happy to have encouraged other persons
to start their breeding of silvers and goldens. I´m very satisfied
to know that all sold pets during all years, have generated so much
love and happyness to their owners. That thought makes up for every
back step that hits every breeder at last.
show successes are so many, during so many years, but my latest
was during 2001, when
EC Yamacatos Magic Magnolia was so successful. I couldn´t
dream about it, when we started the show season. She was 7 years
old and was 7xBest in Show Senior, 2x BIS adult, 2xBOX (Best opposite
sex adult), 9xNominated, 4xBIV (Best of Variety). She was Best
of the Year 2001: Best chinchilla and Best senior
persian in SVERAK (FIFe) in Sweden.
My other hobbies,
when time allow it, are photographing, reading litterature and to
write my self, articles about cats and now a novel, totally free
from cats in the story. Other hobbies, like gardening, are excluded
owing to time. In the fall I love to pick mushrooms in the deep
woods near my house.
One of my future
plans was to include Exotics in silvers and goldens in my breeding
with very high type and pure colours. I had the opportunity to take
over an adult female from my friend Kerstin, Lionstone´s Indiana,
shaded golden imported from Germany.
have started to breed Exotics. So far I have 2 females (solid black
and shaded golden).
member of Dalälvskaten in Sverak - FIFe.
Dahlhjelm (Yamacatos) 2008-06-15,