European Shorthair Cat, Calico Variety

The beautiful variety of calico presents big stains of black, red and cream over a white background. They are all stains of a similar size and of a uniformed distribution, clear and well defined, that must cover the head, loin, tail, legs and part of the flanks.

The face must have strokes of white. This color will also prevail on the belly. As for the truffle and soles of the feet, they must be black or pink, while that of the eyes must be of a copper, orange or lively golden, according to the countries.

Blue Calico
The blue calico presents blue and cream stains over a white background that also predominates on the belly. The truffle and soles of the feet are blue or pink.

Bicolors
The bicolor cloak presents uniformed stains of red, blue, black or cream colors over a white background.

When this variety was first introduced at the British exhibitions in 1966, the standard required a total symmetry between all these colors, an ideal that resulted excessively ambitious and that was modify five years after.

The actual criterion requires of big color stains that are uniformly distributed and with as much symmetry as possible on the head, the body and the tail, in a way that the color doesn’t excel the two thirds and for the percentage of white isn’t greater than half the surface of the cloak.

You must also observe on the face, strokes of white.

At the interior of the colored stains there mustn’t be any tabby marks or white hairs. The truffle and the soles of the feet may be pink or they may harmonize with the predominant color of the cloak.

In Europe ii is also admitted the harlequin pattern, with barely a stroke of white on the face or the gloves.

Smoke
In the smoke varieties, the pigment pf the exterior hair appears only on three fourths of the cloak, and the rest is white or silver, in a way that in movement a similar effect to that of a Persian smoke colored will be created.

All the colors from the Europeans are accepted, including the tortoise variety. They must not present neither tabby marks nor white or silver hairs. The truffle or soles of the feet must combine with the color of the cloak.

Dotted
Although the International Feline Federation doesn’t admit dotted varieties of the shorthaired European, it does accept them for the British, the same as other countries.

In these varieties, the longer hairs of the cloak are basically white, with a light stroke of color at the ends on any of the solid colors of the race: black, blue, red, cream and, in the British, also chocolate and lilac.

The dots must appear on the head, loin, sides, legs and tail, while the jaw, belly, chest and internal face of the tail must be white.

It mustn’t present tabby marks, but the presence of vestigial rings on the tail are admitted. The color of the truffle and of the soles of the feet must combine with the tone of the dots.

In the black dotted variety, the eyes must be green and on the other cases, orange or of a copper tone.

Van
The International Feline Federation also admits in Europe exemplar of the European and British with the original Van Turk color pattern, that is, with stains on the head, legs and tail. In this variety, the color of the cloak may be black, blue, red, cream, tortoise and blue tortoise, as long as the stains are white.

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