Cat lovers who are not actively involved in the cat fancy, often are confused about identifying terms of cats, such as purebred (pedigreed), DSH, and tabby. Hardly a day passes that I don't receive at least one email with an attached photo, asking me to help identify the "breed" of cat. The correspondent is often disappointed when my reply is, "Your cat is a beautiful example of a tuxedo DSH," or "What a lovely dilute calico domestic shorthair cat." A couple of days ago I received another photo and question about the breed of the cat, so I figured it was high time to run this article again.
Because there seems to be such a general fixation on breeds, the purpose of this article is to clarify the difference in semantics, so that the uninitiated cat lover will have a better understanding of these terms. Be sure to read the article, because tomorrow there will be a test on it. :) Jennifur aka Jenny (shown here), a lovely little stray girl who seems to have attached herself to me, is a dilute calico, or perhaps a dilute tortie with white. Under any name, she's a sweet, talkative young lady, full of "tortitude." and one of my New Year's resolutions is to fully assimilate her into our home.
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy