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CAT COLOURS AND PATTERNS – Part 8

| December 26, 2011

COLOURPOINTS

Himalayan

COLOURPOINTS: Often called the Siamese pattern or Himalayan pattern

 

COLOURPOINTS: Often called the Siamese pattern or Himalayan pattern (after Himalayan rabbits). As well as the colourpointed coat, they have blue eyes. Pointed cats are slow to develop their full body and point colour and kittens/young cats have paler points or markings  Older cats have darker body colour. Temperature affects the point colour – the coldest areas (the ‘points’ i.e. ears, legs, tail) are darker  than the body and things like environment temperature, a fever or even bandaging a leg because of injury will affect the colour. The types of point pattern are:

Solid Point points are of solid colour e.g. seal (dark brown), blue (grey)
Lynx/Tabby Point points have tabby markings
Tortie Point points have tortoiseshell (multicolour) markings
Abyssinian Point points are ticked (i.e. agouti)
Pastel Point chinchilla/shaded silver tipped points (pale colour on silvery background) (Tipped Siamese)
Shadow/Smoke Points shaded points, shadowy tabby markings (darker version of chinchilla)
Snow Tiger alternate term for Lynx/Tabby Points
Bicolour Point Colour point with white markings on the coloured areas (present, but less apparent, on the body) e.g. white paws
Apricot Point Pinkish brown points
Blue Point bluish white body, slate blue points
Caramel Point cafe-au-lait colour points
Chocolate Point ivory body, milk chocolate points
Cinnamon Point milk-chocolate colour points
Cream (Ivory) Point creamy white body, buff-cream points.
Fawn (Light Lilac) Point Hot cream points
Lavender Point pinkish lilac points
Lilac (Frost) Point glacial white body, frosty pinkish grey points
Red (Flame) Point creamy white body, deep orange to red points
Seal Point cream/pale fawn body, deep seal brown points

As well as solid colours on the points, there are tabby (lynx) and tortoiseshell points. These can be hard to tell apart without knowing the
colours of the cats ancestors:

Seal Tabby Point/Seal Lynx Point cream/fawn body, points brown with seal brown bars.
Blue Tabby Point/Blue Lynx Point bluish white body, points deep blue on pale blue.
Caramel Tabby Point/Caramel Lynx Point
Chocolate Tabby Point/Chocolate Lynx Point ivory body, points warm milk chocolate on paler background
Cinnamon Tabby Point/Cinnamon Lynx Point
Lilac (Frost) Tabby Point/Lilac (Frost) Lynx Point glacial white body, points frosty grey with pinkish points
Red (Flame) Tabby Point/Red Lynx Point white body, points deep red bars red.
Cream Tabby Point/Cream Lynx Point white body, points buff bars on pale cream
Seal Tortoiseshell Point body creamy white, points seal brown patched with red and/or cream
Blue Tortoiseshell Point/Blue Cream Point body bluish white/creamy white, points slate blue patched with cream.
Chocolate Tortoiseshell Point/Chocolate Cream Point ivory body, points milk chocolate patched with red and/or cream
Lilac (Frost) Tortoiseshell Point/Lilac Cream Point glacial white body, frosty pinkish grey points patched with cream.
Seal Tabby Tortoiseshell Point/Seal Tortie Lynx Point body cream/pale fawn, points brown with seal brown markings and red and/or cream markings.
Blue Tabby Tortoiseshell Point/Blue Tortie Lynx Point bluish white body, points pale blue with slate blue markings with patches of cream.
Caramel Tabby Tortoiseshell Point/Caramel Tortie Lynx Point
Chocolate Tabby Tortoiseshell Point/Chocolate Tortie Lynx Point body ivory, points pale chocolate barred with warm milk chocolate with red and/or cream patches.
Cinnamon Tabby Tortoiseshell Point/Cinnamon Torrtie Lynx Point
Lilac (Frost) Tabby Tortoiseshell Point/Lilac (Frost) Tortie Lynx Point

 

A relatively recent experimental development is the silver tabby point. Silver Tabby Tortoiseshells are possible and would use the above
formula for their names.

Blue Silver Tabby Point points silvery with slate blue barring
Seal Silver Tabby Point points silvery with seal barring
Red Silver Tabby Point points silvery with red markings
Cream Silver Tabby Point points silvery with cream markings

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

 

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

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