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| December 26, 2011



In addition there are several modified versions of these patterns which are seen in certain breeds.

Red, Fawn and Cream are not true self colours as there will always be faint tabby markings. Breeders work to dissipate the tabby markings and give impression of an unpatterned, self-coloured cat.

The usual tabby patterns are Classic (Blotched) Tabby, Mackeral (Striped) Tabby, Spotted Tabby, Ticked Tabby (with some striping) and Ticked/Agouti (with no striping). In addition there are several modified versions of these patterns which are seen in certain breeds.

Braided (Candle Flame) Tabby Tiger-like vertical stripes with hollow centres, may break up into individual “candle-flame” patterns.
Classic Tabby Familiar “blotched” tabby pattern with dark stripes down length of back and dark swirls (bullseye) on sides of the body.
Clouded Leopard (Highland Lynx) derived from interaction of wild genes and domestic classic tabby pattern; marble pattern, horizontally aligned with as little bull’s eye pattern as possible. Equivalent to Bengal “marble” pattern.
Leopard Modified version of Spotted Tabby. Round spots, coloured to root of hair, ideally the spots are randomly placed, not vertically aligned. Found in hybrid cats (e.g. Bengal, Highland Lynx) where the spotted pattern differs from the spotted tabby.
Mackerel Tabby Vertical unbroken thin lines instead of swirls. Narrow spine lines and “necklaces”. The stripes should not break up into spots.
Marble Modified classic tabby with swirled, clouding effect as the vertical orientation of the tabby pattern is affected by the horizontal oriented clouded pattern of the wild ancestor. Described as Ocelot-like. Found in Bengal breed (hybrid) and naturally occurring in the Marbled Australian Mist.
Oceloid Described 1960s, vertically elongated rosettes (candle-flames)
Oyster Tabby Classic tabby i.e. refers to the distinctive bulls-eye on the side.
Patched Tabbies/Tortie-tabby/Torbie Tabby pattern overlaid on a tortie background e.g. deep red markings on red patched areas
and black markings on brown patched areas.
Rosette Clusters of spots; the centre of each cluster should be deeper version of background colour. Found in hybrid breeds such as Bengal and Safari where it is confusingly called tricolour (not the same as calico!).
Sokoke Tabby Modified Classic tabby pattern with agouti (background colour) hairs appearing in the solid areas of the coat giving a slightly clouded/marbled effect. Specific to the naturally occurring Sokoke breed from Kenya.
Spotted The pattern of round spots, preferably not vertically aligned, in hybrid breeds.
Spotted Tabby Vertical bars of colour are broken up into spots on the body. Stripes on leg, tail and face. Spots should be as round as possible, rather than elongated. It is often possible to see the vertical alignment of spots. Spine lines should be broken into spots. Possibly a gene for spotted pattern (rather than broken-up stripes) exists.
Ticked Tabby Agouti pattern with ticked body, tabby barring on face, legs and tail, at least one necklace, darker dorsal region, pale lower parts. The pattern of the Wild Abyssinian and of poorly marked agouti patterned cats; intermediate between Agouti and Tabby.
Ticked/Agouti Agouti pattern all over, barring to be absent, as far as possible, from any part of the body. The ticked colour range parallels the tabby colour range.

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