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CAT COLOURS AND PATTERNS – Part 6

| December 26, 2011

BREED-SPECIFIC TABBY/SPOTTED TERMS AND BROKEN COLOURS – TORTOISESHELLS, BICOLOURS & TRICOLOURS

Calico Persian

Calico Persian

BREED-SPECIFIC TABBY/SPOTTED TERMS: As well as the various permutations of tabby/silver tabby/golden tabby, spotted/silver
spotted/golden spotted there are some terms specific to the modified tabby markings and specific colourways of certain breeds. These are really just more descriptive alternatives to the more common terms above.

Bronze Spotted (Egyptian Mau) = Chocolate Spotted Tabby
Bronze (California Spangled)
Charcoal (California Spangled)
Cinnamon-Golden (Bronze) Spotted (Ocicat) dark Cinnamon on Gold/Honey/Ivory
Ebony Leopard (American Lynx)
Gold (Australian Mist)
Gold (California Spangled)
Golden Leopard (American Lynx)
Golden Spotted (Ocicat) bright Cinnamon on Ivory
King Spangled (California Spangled) pattern like King Cheetah
Leopard (Bengal) black spots/rosettes on orange/tawny background (a form of Brown Tabby)
Mink (Bengal) black spots/rosettes on mahogany
Peach (Australian Mist) a misty pink base with darker
markings
Pewter Spotted (Egyptian Mau)
Sienna Spotted (Ocicat) Beige/Ecru on Ivory background
Smoke Spotted (Egyptian Mau)
Snow Leopard (American Lynx)
Snow Leopard (California Spangled), the ‘dilution phase’.
Snow (Bengal) beige spots, black leg/tail stripes on pale Ivory (effect of Siamese/Burmese ancestry); results in Snow Leopard,
Snow Marble.
Sorrel (Bengal) chestnut-brown on orange/tawny
Tawny Spotted (Ocicat) Black/Seal on Buff/Ruddy
Tawny (American Lynx)

 

BROKEN COLOURS – TORTOISESHELLS, BICOLOURS & TRICOLOURS: Tortoiseshell is the mixing of two or more distinct colours; one of the colours is red or cream. The black/orange tortie will be familiar to most readers. In pedigree cats, well defined patches of each colour are
preferred. Cats with tabby markings on a tortie background are known as tabby-torties/patched tabbies/torbies. Where the hairs are mixed together, the cat is referred to as brindled. Almost all tortie/tortie-and-white cats are female; males do occur sometimes but they are either infertile or they have a genetic aberration and do not bred true.

Tortoiseshell Black/Orange (tabby markings visible on the orange patches)
Dilute Tortoiseshell Blue-Cream (tabby visible on creampatches)
Amber Tortoiseshell The black areas are replaced by amber. Kittens are born with black markings that brighten to amber as they mature.
Brown Tortoiseshell (Burmese version of black/orange Tortoiseshell)
Chocolate (Chestnut)
Tortoiseshell
Warm milk chocolate, red, and cream
Cinnamon Tortoiseshell Milk-chocolate brown and cream (Burmese)
Lilac (Lavender) Tortoiseshell Frosty lilac-grey and cream
Light Amber Tortoiseshell The blue areas are replaced by amber; kittens are born with blue but this brightens to light amber as they mature.
Patched Tortoiseshell The above tortoiseshell patters can also occur in combination with the tabby pattern e.g. Blue Tabby Tortie, Lilac Tabby Tortie, Silver Tabby Tortie etc
Bicolour Solid colours can occur patched with white e.g. Black and White, Cream and White (faint tabby markings), Chocolate and White.
Tabby-and-White Tabby patterns can occur patched with white e.g. Blue Tabby and White, Red Tabby and White, Silver Tabby and White. Ticked colours can occur patched with white.
Tortie-and-White Tortie patterns occur with white e.g. Tortoiseshell & White (Calico), Dilute Tortoiseshell & White (Dilute Calico/Blue-Cream and White), Chocolate (Chestnut) Tortie and White (Choc-Cream & White/Chestnut Calico), Lilac (Lavender) Tortie & White (Lilac-Cream & White/Lavender Calico) etc.
Silver Tortoiseshell / Silver
Tortoiseshell Tabby
Tortoiseshell and Tortie-Tabby patterns can occur on silver backgrounds e.g. Blue Silver Tortoiseshell/Tortie
Tabby/Tabby, Fawn Silver Tortoiseshell/Tortie Tabby/Tabby, Red Silver Tortoiseshell/Tortie Tabby/Tabby
etc and on golden backgrounds.
Tipped and Smoke Tortoiseshell These are described in the section on chinchilla, tipped, shaded and smoke colours and have silver or golden
undercoats.

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Michael

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