I am looking at a black kitten for show purposes, and I wondered if any of you lovely show people could give me an opinion or two? I don't want to broadcast the photo, but I'd love a more experienced opinion, especially from someone with experience showing blacks.
If anyone is willing to lend an opinion, a PM would be great. I want to make sure I don't just have "Oooh pretty kitty" eyes before I take the plunge.
I will look at the pictures for you, but please understand: you can only tell so much from a picture. The best way to buy a show quality kitten is to see it in person and put your hands on the cat. Is this your first show kitten? Have you ever shown before? Do you also intend on breeding this kitten or would you be showing in Premiership? Do you have a price range that you want to stay within? If this is your first time, I would really suggest you get a mentor BEFORE buying who can help you evaluate and select your kitten. The person you buy from is just as important as the kitten itself, and can make the difference between being ripped off or being completely satisfied. I don't think it is that important to buy outside of your region (your region for CFA is Southern Region 7), as someone else suggested (FL is still in your region). You can find a nice cat from a breeder at one of your local shows and that is what I would suggest you do- go to a show. Too bad you just missed a big one in Atlanta a couple of weekends ago...but there are many shows in GA. Here is a link to your Regional Website so you can see which ones are closer to you-http://www.cfasouthern.org/
BTW- I do get black cats on occassion and I have a good friend in the Dallas area who has an absolutely wonderful black stud male out of very good lines and she gets blacks too. Also know that if you inquire with top show breeders, you can expect to pay top show prices. Many breeders won't sell their best kittens to someone who has no experience.
You can find my email on my website home page to send me your pics-