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CFA Breed Standard: Oriental

Tabby Color Class

.: Publication date 04-Aug-2004 :: Reads: 5299 :: Print current page :.

CLASSIC TABBY PATTERN: markings dense, clearly defined, and broad. Legs evenly barred with bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail evenly ringed. Several unbroken necklaces on neck and upper chest, the more the better. Frown marks on forehead form an intricate letter "M." Unbroken line runs back from outer corner of eye. Swirls on cheeks. Vertical lines over back of head extend to shoulder markings which are in the shape of a butterfly with both upper and lower wings distinctly outlined and marked with dots inside outline. Back markings consist of a vertical line down the spine from butterfly to tail with a vertical stripe paralleling it on each side, the three stripes well separated by stripes of the ground color. Large solid blotch on each side to be encircled by one or more unbroken rings. Side markings should be the same on both sides. Double vertical rows of buttons on chest and stomach.

MACKEREL TABBY PATTERN: markings dense, clearly defined, and all narrow pencillings. Legs evenly barred with narrow bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail barred. Necklaces on neck and chest distinct, like so many chains. Head barred with an "M" on the forehead. Unbroken lines running back from the eyes. Lines running down the head to meet the shoulders. Spine lines run together to form a narrow saddle. Narrow pencillings run around body.

SPOTTED TABBY PATTERN: markings on the body to be spotted. May vary in size and shape with preference given to round, evenly distributed spots. Body spots may subtly suggest a mackerel or classic pattern but may not be connected and preference given to spots in a random pattern. A dorsal stripe runs the length of the body to the tip of the tail. The stripe is ideally composed of spots. The markings on the face and forehead shall be typically tabby markings. Underside of the body to have "vest buttons." Legs and tail are barred. On the upper chest there are one or more broken necklaces.

TICKED TABBY PATTERN: body hairs to be ticked with various shades of marking color and ground color. Body when viewed from top to be free from noticeable spots, stripes, or blotches, except for darker dorsal shading. Lighter underside may show tabby markings. Face, legs, and tail must show distinct tabby striping. Cat must have at least one distinct necklace.

PATCHED TABBY PATTERN: a patched tabby is an established Classic, Mackerel, Spotted or Ticked Tabby in blue*, chestnut, cinnamon, ebony, fawn* or lavender*, or any of these colors in silver, with patches of red or softly intermingled areas of red on both body and extremities (presence of several shades of red acceptable; *dilute colors exhibit cream instead of red). Nose leather and paw pads: same as non-patched tabbies, may be mottled with pink.

BLUE TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, pale bluish ivory. Markings a very deep blue affording a good contrast with ground color. Warm fawn overtones or patina over the whole. Nose leather: blue, or old rose trimmed with blue. paw pads: bluish rose.

BLUE SILVER TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, pale, clear bluish silver. Markings sound blue. Nose leather: blue or old rose trimmed with blue. paw pads: blue.

CREAM TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, very pale cream. Markings of buff or cream sufficiently darker than the ground color to afford good contrast but remaining within the dilute color range. Nose leather and paw pads: pink.

CREAM SILVER TABBY (Dilute Cameo Tabby): ground color off-white. Markings cream. Nose leather and paw pads: pink.

CINNAMON TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, a pale warm honey, markings a dense cinnamon, affording a good contrast with ground color. Nose leather: cinnamon or coral rimmed with cinnamon. paw pads: cinnamon.

CINNAMON SILVER TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, pale glistening silver. Markings dense cinnamon. Nose leather: cinnamon, or pink rimmed with cinnamon. Paw pads: coral pink.

CHESTNUT TABBY: ground color warm fawn. Markings are rich chestnut. Nose leather: chestnut, or pink rimmed with chestnut. Paw pads: cinnamon.

CHESTNUT SILVER TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, a snowy silver. Markings rich chestnut. Nose leather: chestnut, or pink rimmed with chestnut. paw pads: coral pink.

EBONY TABBY: ground color brilliant coppery brown. Markings dense black. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Back of leg black from paw to heel. Nose leather: black, or brick red rimmed with black. Paw pads: black or brown.

EBONY SILVER TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, pale clear silver. Markings dense black. Nose leather: black, or brick red rimmed with black. Paw pads: black.

FAWN TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, pale ivory. Markings dense fawn, affording good contrast with ground color. Nose leather and paw pads: pale fawn.

FAWN SILVER TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, pale glistening silver. Markings dense fawn. Nose leather: fawn, or pink rimmed with fawn. Paw pads: pink.

LAVENDER TABBY: ground color is pale lavender. Markings are rich lavender affording a good contrast with the ground color. Nose leather: lavender, or pink rimmed with lavender. Paw pads: lavender-pink.

LAVENDER SILVER TABBY: ground color, including lips and chin, a cold clear silver. Markings sound lavender. Nose leather: lavender, or pink rimmed with lavender.Paw pads: lavender-pink.

RED TABBY: ground color red. Markings deep, rich red. Lips and chin red. Nose leather and paw pads: flesh or coral pink.

RED SILVER TABBY (Cameo Tabby): ground color off-white. Markings red. Nose leather and paw pads: rose.

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