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CAT COLOURS AND PATTERNS – Part 7

| December 26, 2011

CHINCHILLA (SHELL), TIPPED (SHORTHAIR TIPPED), SHADED, AND SMOKE COLOUR GROUP AND MORE

CHINCHILLA (SHELL), TIPPED (SHORTHAIR TIPPED), SHADED, AND SMOKE COLOUR GROUP

CHINCHILLA (SHELL), TIPPED (SHORTHAIR TIPPED), SHADED, AND SMOKE COLOUR GROUP

 

CHINCHILLA (SHELL), TIPPED (SHORTHAIR TIPPED), SHADED, AND SMOKE COLOUR GROUP : Chinchilla (shell) is the lightest tipping; hair tip is coloured and hair shaft is silver, giving a sparkling appearance. Shaded is next degree; colour extends further along the hair shaft, darkest on the back to create a mantle of shading. Smoke is heaviest tipping; undercoat colour is reduced to a small band near the hair root, the cat appears to be solid with pale ruff/frill until the coat is parted or the cat is in motion. In the golden series, the undercoat is gold rather than white. The terms “chinchilla” and “shell” are mostly used for longhairs (Persians), in shorthairs this is called tipped.

Silver series White undercoat with colour tips.
Golden series Gold undercoat with colour tips
Shell Chinchilla tipping
Cameo Red (a term sometimes used in longhairs with red on a silver undercoat)
Cream Cameo Cream (dilute of Red/Cameo)
Silver Tabby Coloured markings on silvered/ivory ground colour e.g. Red-Silver (Cameo) Tabby which is red on ivory.
Tortie Chinchilla/Shell Tortie/Silver
Tortie
Pale undercoat tipped in tortie combination of colours.
Shaded Tortie/ Tortoiseshell Shaded Silver Pale undercoat tipped/shaded with tortie combination of colours (e.g. black red and cream). Tipping ranges from
shell (chinchilla) to shaded.
Smoke Tortoiseshell/ Tortie Smoke Pale undercoat smoked with tortie combination of colours. Undercoat only visible when cat is in motion.
Silver Patched Tabby Coloured markings on silvered ground colour interspersed with patches or red and/or cream (or other tortie combinations).
Golden Patched Tabby Coloured markings on golden ground colour interspersed with patches or red and/or cream (or other tortie combinations)

 

The first chinchillas/shaded silvers/smokes were longhairs which had black tipping or shading. Black on silver gives:

Chinchilla aka Silver/Silver Chinchilla/Tipped (called Burmilla in Asian group of cats)
Shaded Silver blue/green eyes, darker than Chinchilla
Masked Silver shaded silver with dark face/paws
Pewter/Pewter Tipped orange-eyed Shaded Silver/Chinchilla (this was the original eye colour of the breed, but fell out of favour in the 1890s)
Silver Tabby black tabby markings on silver background
Black Smoke

looks solid black until you part the fur which is pale near the roots

 

Other tipped/shaded/smoke colours used the above naming convention, but named the particular colour e.g. Blue on Silver gives:

Blue ChinchillaBlue Shaded SilverBlue PewterBlue Silver TabbyBlue Smoke

Blue Silver Tortoiseshell/Tortie Tabby

 

Other colours on silver follow the same formula e.g. Chocolate (Chestnut) Chinchilla, Lavender (Lilac) Shaded Silver etc. Red or cream on silver are also earlier developed colours and these have some historically-based synonyms as well as names following the usual formula:

Red Chinchilla = Shell CameoRed Shaded (Silver) = Shaded CameoRed Silver Tabby = Cameo TabbyRed Smoke = Smoke CameoRed Silver Tortoiseshell/Tortie Tabby Cream Chinchilla = Shell Cream CameoCream Shaded (Silver) = Shaded Cream CameoCream Silver Tabby = Cream Cameo TabbyCream Smoke = Smoke Cream CameoCream Silver Tortoiseshell/Tortie Tabby
Blue Cream Chinchilla = Shell Dilute TortoiseshellBlue Cream Shaded = Shaded Dilute TortoiseshellBlue Cream Smoke = Smoke Dilute Tortoiseshell

 

GOLDEN COLOUR GROUP: The golden series is less common. Like the silvers, the colour is on a paler undercoat, but in this case golden. Golden series is named using a similar formula to the silver series e.g.:

Golden ChinchillaShaded GoldenBlue Shaded Golden (etc)Golden TabbyGolden Tabby-Tortie Golden Ticked TabbyChocolate Golden Ticked Tabby (etc)Tortoiseshell Golden ChinchillaTortoiseshell Shaded GoldenTortoiseshell Golden Smoke

 

BREED SPECIFIC TIPPED: There is a breed specific tipped colour found in the Chausie which is distinct from the tipped colours above.

Silver Tipped Black hairs tipped with silver, appears to be a
form of black agouti rather than smoke or silver.

Copyright & Credit: Sarah Hartwell – MESSYBEAST.COM
Photo copyright and courtesy:
Bruce
Tsao

Category: Breeding and Genetics, Feline Health and Care, Feline Resources

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