by Jo Haywood
I have a black cat, semi-long haired, I got her from a rescue centre 18 years ago, at 5 weeks (they told me she was 9 weeks old, but the vet informed me she was no more than 5).
Having seen the pictures of Arthur, I am convinced she is of this breed. She is mostly black but like arthur in the sun has that chocolate hue, a very fluffy ruff/bib that seems to go a lighter chocolate in the summer, and when she was little, she went grey under her belly, and almost raccoon rings around her tail in grey - much like one of the submitted pictures; that has all long since gone.
She has a skinny tail which is very fluffy indeed, but her coat is kind of silky - it doesn't really knot like Persians do.
She is extremely affectionate, very chatty with a loud meow, and needs lots of attention. A very fussy eater, she loves fish, especially warm.
I am from the Isle of Man although my cat was from South Shields near Newcastle, and so her name is "Manx", named after my dad's boat - Kyrie meaning little lamb, and Bee stands for Betty, my late mothers name.