The Tabby Cat Pattern

The most common variety is the tabby blotched, sometimes also called classic, with clearly defined strives over an agouti grayish and more lightly background.

In a tabby blotched for exhibition, the judge’s look for strips separated by uniformed spaces on the legs and for rings on the tail.

The strips on the neck and the upper part of the chest form “collars” and other stripes come out from behind the head and meet with the marks on the loin. At each side there must be a “bulls eye” with one or more rings surrounding a light stain.

As it happens with all the tabbies, the marks on the forehead must form a clearly visible drawing in the form of an M.

The marks on the tiger like tabbies are thinner and are extended over the column (spine), and meets with the vertical stripes of the sides.

As in the tabby blotched, the strips of the legs must be separated by uniformed spaces and must coincide with the marks on the trunk. You can also appreciate “collars” in the neck and chest, and stripes on the tail.

Other Varieties of Tabby
On the spotted tabby, you can observe a pattern with similar stains to that of wild spotted felines, like the lynx or the cat of the plains.

It is very difficult to maintain the stains with the breeding, because the whelps usually recuperate the tiger like stripes or to present combinations of stripes and spots. The ideal is that the stains be rounded and that they are uniformly distributes, but most of the spotted tabbies have forms, sizes and diverse dispositions.

You will also observe a file of stains (not always separated) along the spine, and stripes on the legs and tail.

The tipped tabby (also denominated Abyssinians, although this design is not exclusive of this race) has a uniformed cloak of agouti hair, but with marks of tabby on the face and sometimes also on the legs and tail. The hair of the body presents splashes of the color of the hair on the background and of marks.

The basic colors of the marks of the entire tabby are black, and the B gene is always present in its genotype.

The black may be modified by means of an intervention of other genes that, when diluted, they produce the tones of blue, chocolate, cinnamon and lilac.

The orange O gene is the responsible for the red and cream tabby.

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