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  1. Hello Michael, I don’t know whether this thread is still open but I can add a little information about the Ojos Azules.
    Cornflower was found in an animal pound in the state of New Mexico and not the country of Mexico. She was found and adorned by Annie Gass, who brought her to the attention of the late Dr. Solveig Pflueger, then TICA’S chief geneticist.
    I worked with Annie and Solveig in the early 1990s to develop the Ojos as a breed. We found, among other things, that the gene was more complicated than a straightforward autosomal dominant.
    All of the Ojos who descended from Oornflower had a characteristic aspect. Eyes are widely set, cheekbones are didtinct, and whisker pads are plump or “poufy.” Often these cats had white tailtips, regardless of overall coat color.
    One of Cornflower’s daughters, Polly (“Los Nuevos Iris Polychrome”) had startling eyes that were sapphire and gold in irregular patches or bits. They resembled cracked glass marbles.
    Several Ojos kittens/cats were odd-eyed, which was accepted in the standard.
    A daughter of Polly’s, Margaree’s Billie, was a striking red mack tabby with deep amber eyes. But because of her facial features I believed her to be an Ojos.
    When we test-bred her to a non-Ojos cat she produced four kittens, three Ojos and one odd-eyed, proving the yge I ry.
    Billie would not have been showable but was an asset to the breeding program. Solveig raised the kittens and I don’t know where they went as it was at about this time that we became aware of the problem of breeding Ojos to Ojos. Fortunately I had never done so, but lost my enthusiasm for the breed at that point.
    They are nonetheless incredibly beautiful cats and almost universally friendly with the exception of one longhaired red and white boy, Jeepers Creepers, who was always fearful and timid. I believe had a problem contracting pupils and may have been visually impaired. I did not see this problem in any other Ojos.

  2. Thank you Michele, no, it does not matter to us if she is or isn’t a Ojos Azules, it has been more out of curiosity that we asked TICA months ago and last night my wife just saw Chimu and did a search again and found this page.

    You are right, she is very special, even our other cats emphasize with her from the beginning.

  3. Pavel, Chimu may not be an Ojos Azules, but that doesn’t make her any less special. She’s a stunning looking girl.

    Blue-eyed moggies are not that common, although in some areas around the world litters of them spontaneously appear from time to time. Please let us know if you see any others in the neighourbood.

  4. Mr. Broad, thank you for taking the time to respond, let me add that we were found Chimu when she was probably about a month old in a Mall and this happened in the Dominican Republic, where we currently live.

    • It is nice to hear from the Dominican Republic. That is a first for PoC 😉 . It does not change things that she was found as a moggie because a lot of purebred cats were once moggies.

  5. Hello, here is a photo of Chimu, she has about four or five months now. Her blue eyes caught our attention and after some research on the Internet, we wrote TICA to try to confirm if it was an Ojos Azules, but have received no answer. She fits the anatomical description.

    • Hi Pavel. Your cat does fit the description and therefore you’d have to say she is an Ojos Azules. However, my opinion is that TICA has botched this breed. I don’t believe it can be a cat breed. No doubt someone will say I am wrong. The point is that Chimu carries the piebald gene or white spotting gene. This gene can cause eyes to be blue because it removes eye color in the same way it removed coat colour. Blue eyes are not blue because of blue pigment but because of light refraction in the iris of the eye. Thanks for commenting.

      • Michael, I agree with your comment about the white spotting gene as possibly being responsible for Chimu’s blue eyes.

        In theory, cats are only considered to carry the Ojos Azules gene if they have no white in their coat and have blue eyes. Their gene for blue eyes is meant to be independent of coat colour, which rules out cats non-solid coloured cats.

        As yet, there is no established Ojos Azules breed. TICA’s anatomical standard for the breed is based on the few randombred O.A. cats they’ve come across. I don’t think it will develop beyond an experimental breed, because there simply aren’t enough foundation cats. Another problem is that the O.A. gene is said to be lethal. They would need to be bred with blue eyed cats carrying either Siamese or white spotting genes, and hope that some of the kittens have solid coloured fur.

  6. What about her? The attached photo does a poor job of showing off her dark, blue eyes. She was adopted and known to have been a stray. She is 8 years old.

  7. i have a 3-year old cat which i think is an ojos azules. she has the most vivid sapphire blue eyes and her coat is not colorpoint.

    • Thanks for sharing Nico. Your cat is a calico cat (just!). To be honest I don’t know whether she is a Ojos Azules because I don’t understand this breed! That sounds crazy but the more I read about the more I don’t see it as a breed at all.

      Your cat is stunning. Her eyes are amazing.

      • Wow, those are stunning eyes. A very rich, beautiful shade of blue.

        Michael: Do you know if there’s any kind of test available to determine the genetic type of blue eyes a cat has?

        Or is it always assumed that blue eyes in pointed cats is due to “Siamese” genes, whilst the dominant white and spotting white genes are responsible for blue eyed cats with some or all white fur?

        • Nice question. Not sure I can provide a good answer. Blue eyes are due to a lack of pigment just like white fur. So for white, blue eyed cats the same genes works on two perhaps three aspects of the cat’s anatomy (if you include deafness too). The reason why kitten’s eyes are blue is the same reason why an adult cat’s eyes are blue.

          https://pictures-of-cats.org/Why-are-kittens-eyes-blue.html

          However, what I have just said does not seem to explain the deep blue eyes of, for example, the cat in the picture. Either some photos are edited (it is easy to make eyes bluer) or the pigmentation in the eye is such that it assists more effectively in the absorption of the colours other than blue.

          It is about physics not blue pigmentation as I understand it but would be happy to be corrected.

          • It is odd that no information seems to be available from the people who attempted to develop the Ojos Auzules mutation as a breed.

            I know it’s considered a lethal gene if a kitten inherits two copies. Perhaps that meant there simply weren’t enough suitable cats available to create a healthy breeding pool and the idea was abandoned before it ever really got off the ground?

      • Marina, this breed of cat is a bit of a mystery (at least it is to me!). Sometimes it seems the eyes are a deep blue and in other cats of this breed the eyes are less blue so it seems to be per individual cat. This breed is rare and not established.

  8. My kitten Moet, the one I mentioned earlier, is now seven weeks and I believe his eye colour is changing to green. I was so excited to have a blue eyed cat! Oh well. I’ve uploaded a photo for you anyway of his blue/green eyes.

  9. I second that Michael! I think (based on what I’ve read on the web and what you’ve said) that an Ojos Azules cat is really just an unknown genetic mutation that could turn up anywhere around the world. But it seems, according to the breeders, that a cat is only considered an Ojos Azules if they are specifically descended from Cornflower (Mexico, 1984). A bit silly if you ask me as I think an Ojos Azules isn’t really a breed but a genetic mutation (a sketchy and unknown one at that), making even Wombat a ‘purebred’ as they call them. I think the TICA mentions wombat on their website actually. Anyway, blue eyed cats are so stunning so I can see why everyone wants to breed them !! I’ve seen a few other people on this website keen to breed them.

    • I agree Millie. The OJos Azules shows us how almost desperate breeders are to create a new breed in a saturated market. It is not a breed. It is a random bred cat shoehorned into being a breed. It is nonsense to me.

      • Desperate to create a new breed is very apt. I hope she doesn’t mind my revealing this, but the photo example of a long haired Ojos Azules on TICA’s web site, is of Apollo, a beautiful moggie owned by Sarah Hartwell. They did seek her permission to use him as a stand-in until they real thing comes along 🙂

        He was certainly a stunning looking cat, but I doubt we’ll see many more like him. Certainly not enough to create a healthy sized breeding pool.

        • Interesting Michele re: Sarah Hartwell. I have never really fathomed out the Ojos Azules. I think it is a mistake but that is just me. If I had my way I’d reduce the number of breeds, certainly those of TICA.

          • I don’t think anyone knows very much yet about the Ojos Azules. Nor do we know if that particular genetic mutation is responsible for blue eyes in all of these solid colour cats. Perhaps there are other, as of yet unknown genetic mutations at work?

            Michael: I wholeheartedly agree with you about TICA. For me they have too many “novelty” breeds, where the definining traits are not necessarily beneficial to the cats themselves. They seem to have an anything goes policy, regardless of the welfare impact.

  10. Hi Michael, thanks for the reply, I’ll wait until he is about 3 months old then and I will let you know if he kept the blue eyes (I hope he does as they really suit him!) He may be just retaining his blue eyes longer then his brother due to the difference in coat colour (his brothers a ginger with white tips I think, whose eye colour has already changed to greenish/blue).

  11. Hi Michael, I think you have a wonderful website! I see that you’ve done a lot of research into photos of Ojos Azules and whether or not they are genuine. I believe I may have adopted a kitten with the Ojos Azules mutation, but I’ll wait and see if he continues to keep his blue eyes and then I’ll send you a photo. What age would be best to take a photo and confirm his blue eyes? He looks remarkably like Wombat found in WINDELLAMA N.S.W. He is a blue , with white tips and a triangular looking head. My kitten is from Gunnedah N.S.W and it will be interesting to see if he keeps his blue eyes! Thanks Milly

  12. Hi,
    This is 2013, I don’t know if you’re still interested…
    I recently rescued a cat, a gorgeous black cat with blue eyes.
    He is 2 years old, and was born in Athens, Greece.
    As I was looking on the Internet for info on black cats with blue eyes, I found a french site which gave a precise list of characteristics for the Ojos Azules cat, and my beauty matches all of them.
    Frankly, I don’t really care if he is of this breed or not… He has the most wonderful character, is healthy, and I’m crazy about him!
    If you’re interested, I can send you beautiful pics of him.

    Frédérique

    PS His sister (black with blue eyes too) is still waiting to be adopted…

    • hello, i would love to get in contact with a person or breeder of this wonderful rare catbreed. i am a hobby breeder of selkirk rex cats, specialized in odd/blue/cracked eyed. but i am looking for this breed for about 2 years now, and would love to be seriously working on building this breed in a proper, healty way. could anyone PLEASE let me know if they know a blue eyed (non pointed, or other breed odd/blue eyed) cat, ojos azules?

      THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

      kind regards, Peggy from Holland (The Netherlands)

      http://corderosgatos.webs.com

        • This might not help much but i thought i should share. Back in 1998 when i was living in the philippines i randomly see some colony of feral cats on my walks in the markets, abandoned industrial land, dump site etc… mostly the full tabby/stripe markings eighther ginger colour or dark grey or full black with no white spotting and at least there’s one or two that has deep blue eyes mixed amongst them. No one really pay attention to them as they are feral and just everywhere and now as i’m reading all about this ojos azules cats now realizing what those feral cats are.

          • Hi Alfred, your comment does help. There appears to be some Ojos Azules cats in the feral cat colony. Thanks for commenting.

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