Welcome to Ellanvannin and Doublestar British Shorthair Cats who reside in Carterton.
My name is Hilary Tait and I specialize in breeding silver tabbies,chocolates, lilacs, bi-colours and colourpoints, although I do also breed some lovely blues and other colours at times. I have been a registered breeder with NZ Cat Fancy since 1998. At first I bred Manx cats but quickly realised that although these cats are dynamite and extremely intelligent and fun-loving animals, it was plain to see most New Zealanders prefer a cat with a tail, so with the help and guidance from another breeder she gave me my first gorgeous British Blue.
So now, I breed for the delight in giving people the opportunity to own a cat from an amazing breed. I breed kittens who have personality plus. My aim is for new owners to have a healthy devoted pet for as many years as possible, to enjoy play and companionship from their pets.
I also breed cats who are socialised to normal household noises by bringing kittens into a normal home to hear televisions, vacuum cleaners, children playing and suchlike. I do not like cats displaying great nervousness or shyness and any adult cats displaying these tendencies are homed out and not bred from.
The silver tabbies are mostly registered under the Doublestar Prefix which I share with a dear friend Mrs Joyce Cox of Wanganui and fellow breeder, who sadly now is not able to breed cats anymore as she is in a resthome. She is still keenly interested in this colour and her past activity in showing outstanding specimens of this breed I avidly wish to pursue, as a tribute to her work.
I hope you enjoy this site and looking at the photos I have taken over some time at home. As you will see some of my cats have won top awards in Catshows so therefore conform to the standards of the British Shorthair which is known all over the world.
To get an enlargement of the photos, double click.
NZ Cat Fancy— http://www.nzcatfancy.gen.nz/