Chris Merritt ~ Groups 1, 2, 3 [S] Tutor Judge

(07) 4637 0058   0417 370 045    

P.O Box 9050
Wilsonton, Qld 4350

I currently breed Burmese & Mandalay 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 45 years ago under the Kavadh prefix. At that 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 a few years back, began to breed Mandalay as well. We also continue to breed British under the Carinya prefix.


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 many opportunities to judge as a CFA Guest Judge throughout 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 also the CCC of A Vice President. I am 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 1 great grand-daughter. 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.