Colors & Markings

Blue Classic Tabby

Classic Blue Tabby

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Blue Mackerel Tabby

Brown Mackerel Tabby

Brown Mackerel Tabby

Brown Classic Tabby

Brown Classic Tabby

Cream Tabby

Cream Tabby

Cosmos

Orange tabby with white

Silver Tabby

Silver Tabby

Blue Cream Torbie

Blue Cream Torbie

Brown Orange Torbie

Brown Orange Torbie

Solid Black

Solid Black

Solid Blue

Solid Blue

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Solid White

Black Smoke

Black Smoke

Silver with White

Silver with White

Brown Tabby 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

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).

Solid Colors

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.

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