Guide to GCCF Siamese & Balinese Breed Numbers

By Ross | Cat Breeding

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It can be quite confusing to translate the old GCCF breed numbers to the new EMS codes.

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Thankfully when entering shows all we have to do is copy the breed number directly from the registration document. It is up to the poor show manger to translate them!

If you are registering a litter of kittens though you will need to use the new EMS codes.

I suppose is a bit like moving from ‘old money’ to ‘new money’. I am sure for years to come it will cause some confusion.

Adding a short article explaining how to use the EMS codes specifically for the Siamese and Balinese will hopefully make life a bit easier!

I can imagine when people start to use the new EMS codes and describe a seal point as a ‘SIA n’ they will no doubt be asked by someone what is that in real money?

Download your FREE EMS Cheat Sheet to Siamese and Balinese EMS Codes.

Simple Guide to Siamese and Balinese EMS Codes

Though initially a little confusing it is actually very easy. (I promise) Don’t worry if you are still struggling there is also a conversion table included further down the page.   The idea is that all the different breeds of cat use the same system. When looking at the EMS code of a cat it will be easy to determine the breed, colour and pattern etc. across the board, one system for all the breeds.

In the case of Siamese and Balinese the EMS code can be described as having up to four sections.

1. The first part of the code determines the breed of the cat.

All Siamese EMS codes start SIA and all Balinese start BAL.

2. The next part of the code is the colour of the cat.

e.g 1   SIA n or BAL n (n equals noire/black)   (SIA n = Siamese Seal or BAL n = Balinese Seal)

e.g 2   SIA b or BAL b (b equals chocolate)   (SIA b = Siamese Chocolate or BAL b = Balinese Chocolate)

3. The third part of the code is tabby pattern and is only used if the cat is tabby. 

e.g SIA n 21 or BAL n 21   (SIA n 21 = Siamese Seal Tabby or BAL n 21 = Balinese Seal Tabby)

4.The fourth part of code is only used in the case of Balinese variants.

By adding a ‘v’ at the end of the full code it identifies the cat as a variant.

e.g 1 BAL nv or BAL n 21v   (BAL nv = Balinese Seal Variant or BAL n 21v = Balinese Seal Tabby Variant)

GCCF Breed Numbers & EMS Code Conversion Table

We have also included a conversion table below. It should make life easier for you until you get the swing of things. FREE EMS Cheat Sheet

Non-Tabby Tabby
Colour
Siamese
Balinese
Siamese
Balinese
Seal 24
SIA n
61
BAL n
32 1
SIA n 21
61t
BAL n 21
Blue 24a
SIA a
61a
BAL a
32 2
SIA a 21
61at
BAL a 21
Chocolate 24b
SIA b
61b
BAL b
32 3
SIA b 21
61bt
BAL b 21
Lilac 24c
SIA c
61c
BAL c
32 4
SIA c 21
61ct
BAL c 21
Cinnamon 24k
SIA o
32 7
SIA o 21
Caramel 24n
SIA m
61n
BAL m
32 8
SIA m 21
61nt
BAL m 21
Fawn 24r
SIA p
32 9
SIA p 21
Red 32a
SIA d
61d
BAL d
32 5
SIA d 21
61dt
BAL d 21
Cream 32c
SIA e
61f
BAL e
32 6
SIA e 21
61ft
BAL e 21
Apricot 32fn
SIA em
61fn
BAL em
32 10
SIA em 21
61fnt
BAL em 21
Seal Tortie 32b1
SIA f
61e
BAL f
32t1
SIA f 21
61et
BAL f 21
Blue Tortie 32b2
SIA g
61g
BAL g
32t2
SIA g 21
61gt
BAL g 21
Chocolate Tortie 32b3
SIA h
61h
BAL h
32t3
SIA h 21
61ht
BAL h 21
Lilac Tortie 32b4
SIA j
61j
BAL j
32t4
SIA j 21
61jt
BAL j 21
Cinnamon Tortie 32b7
SIA q
32t7
SIA q 21
Caramel Tortie 32b8
SIA k
61p
BAL k
32t8
SIA k 21
61pt
BAL k 21
Fawn Tortie 32b9
SIA r
32t9
SIA r 21

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About the Author

Ross is a UK Siamese & Oriental Cat Breeder breeding and showing his cats and kittens under the prefix Burnthwaites . He is the author of various cat related websites and blogs including 'Siamese Cat Breeder'. When not showing his cats he can often be found stewarding or judging at cat shows. He works as a Web Developer and specialises in small business websites and content marketing. He is also a blogger, amateur photographer and videographer and last but certainly not least husband and father.