Colors & Markings
Classic Blue Tabby
Blue Mackerel Tabby
Brown Mackerel Tabby
Brown Classic Tabby
Orange tabby with white
Blue Cream Torbie
Brown Orange Torbie
Silver with White
Brown Tabby With White
There are two types of Tabbies and 4 possible colors:
Mackerel tabbies have the typical stripes
Classic tabbies have swirls on their sides
Brown tabbies have stripes or swirls of brown and black
Blue tabbies have the same markings in blue (gray) & off-white
Orange or Cream tabbies have the same markings in these colors
Silver tabbies have black or blue stripes or swirls over an undercoat of white
Silver and Smoke
Silver and Smoke are the tabby and solid expressions of the same gene.
Silver is the tabby version
Smoke is the solid one, but it appears to have more markings than the other solid colors, especially while they are kittens. When grown, most smokes have a fairly solid white undercoat with the tips of the fur colored black.
(See the retired Sires to see a good example of black smoke in Darius.)
Note: The gene that creates the white undercoat in both silver & smoke cats was identified to produce somewhat higher allergen levels than all other colors. Most of our silver and smoke kittens are successfully placed in allergy homes, but we want you to be aware of this tendency.
Torbies are the tabby expressions of a calico.
Brown/orange torbies are brown tabbies that also have orange (red) areas.
Blue/cream torbies are blue tabbies with cream-colored areas.
Silver torbies are silver tabbies with orange areas.
(See our lovely mother cat, Zaria).
All of the above colors, except orange/cream, are also available as solid colors of black, blue, and white. As noted above, smoke is the solid version of silver. All solid colored cats, like smokes, have a tabby pattern underneath the solid color. It's often not visible, but it's there.
With White Colors
All of the above colors, both tabbies and solids, are also sometimes present with white markings. A small white star on the chest (as above) isn't really a "with white" designation. But kittens with white mittens, chests, faces, legs, etc., are more clearly marked.