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Coat Color Patterns and Types: Tabbies, Calicos and more

Many people confuse color patterns of cats, e.g., "Tabbies" with breeds. Learn more about the various color patterns of cats, including tabby, calico, tortoiseshell, "tuxedo," "points," and more.
  1. Black Cats (5)
  2. Calicos (2)
  3. Tabby Cats (5)

October: Black Cat Month
Black cats are loved by people in many cultures, but feared in others. In October, this is particularly true

Black Cats Picture Gallery 3
During one period in history, black cats were considered witches' familiars, which resulted in certain superstitions about black cats. Logically, Halloween brings up images of black cats, therefore we celebrate Black Cat Month will a celebration of black cat pictures.

Tabby Cats Profile
If domestic cats are the most favored of all, tabby cats are the most popular of the cat color patterns. Tabbies come in stripes, whorls, swirls, dots and dashes, and are also allowed in the breed standards of over two dozen recognized cat breeds. Their colors range from red to cream, to black,blue, silver, brown, and tan. One of the most consistent markings of tabby cats is the magnificent "M" c…

Tabby Cats Profile
If domestic cats are the most favored of all, tabby cats are the most popular of the cat color patterns. Tabbies come in stripes, whorls, swirls, dots and dashes, and are also allowed in the breed standards of over two dozen recognized cat breeds. Their colors range from red to cream, to black,blue, silver, brown, and tan. One of the most consistent markings of tabby cats is the magnificent "M" c…

Calico Cats Profile
Calico cats comprise a garden of cat colors, either vibrant reds, white and black, or more subdued flaxen, blue, and white. In feline genetics, the latter is known as "dilute calico."

About Tuxedo Cats
Tuxedo cats are one of the patterns for bi-color cats that are black and white. Learn more about tuxies, their pattern variations, and their personalities

Cat Colors' or Color Patterns' Connection to Personality
Probably one of the most common observations about tortoiseshell cats is the description of their personalities as 'tortitude.' I've seen other cat colors identified with certain personality traits, although they are not always completely consistent. I thought it would be interesting to compare cat colors and color patterns with the personality traits of individual cats to see if there is a consi…

Cat Behavior: Cat Color
Read this cat behavior article about cat color and whether it influences cat personality. Learn how cat color can indicate cat personality and cat behavior.

Calico or Tortie With White - Share your feline color genetics expert…
Sometimes there is a very fine line between a "tortie and white" and "calico." I sometimes call these cats 'tortiecals' or 'calicotorts,' but I have never seen them clearly defined on feline geneology web sites. Here is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge by identifying these pictures of torties and calico cats. This is not a test, but an opportunity to show off your feline color genetics k…

Calico, Tortoiseshell With White, or Other Cat Color Pattern?
Feline genetics is a complicated subject which requires years of study in order to understand. It is even more complicated when it involves the color patterns of tortoiseshell cats and calicoes. Here is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge by identifying these pictures of torties and calico cats. This is not a test, but an opportunity to show off your feline color genetics knowledge.

What, exactly, is a domestic cat?
A reader wants to know exactly what is the meaning of "domestic cat." What is the difference between a domestic cat and a purebred cat? Aren't all cats domesticated now? Learn more about the semantics used to describe cats of unknown origin with this FAQ.

Facts About Tuxedo Cats
I was amazed and mystified to read some of these facts, although friends owned by tuxedos may agree with many of them. Thanks to Dr. Wallace and her personal assistant, Randy Wallace, for taking the time to assemble and submit these facts.

The truth will become clear, as you read further. One fact, which is indisputable, is that tuxedo cats are stunning, with their white bibs and spats again…

Black Cats Folklore - Witches - Beliefs About Black Cats
Black cats play a major role in folklore, superstition, and mythology. Black cats in the middle ages were believed to be witches' familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate. Depending on your area of the world, black cats can mean either good or bad luck. Explore the mythology and lore about black cats, witches, and other beliefs that carry on in the 21st century, especially around Halloween.

Cat Breeds - Mixed Breeds - Color Patterns
Cat lovers who are not actively involved in the cat fancy, often are confused about identifying terms, such as purebreed, DSH, and tabby. Learn more about the qualifying differences between these terms.

Cats Picture Quiz: Breeds vs Domestic Cats vs Color Patterns
How extensive is your knowledge about cats' breeds? Are you confused between breeds and color patterns? Can you tell a calico cat from a tortoiseshell? Take this javascript-based quiz for both fun and information.

Tortoiseshell Cats Profile
Tortoiseshell cats, with their colorful woven coats, provide a veritable feast of colors. Because of the resemblance to the fallen leaves of autumn, we at About.com have traditionally celebrated 'torties' in our November Cats Picture Calendar Gallery. Learn more about tortie's colors and distinctive personality with this Tortoiseshell Cats Profile.

2010 Tortoiseshell Cats Picture Gallery - Celebrating November With Pictures...
We celebrate tortoiseshell cats in November, as they are cloaked with the lovely colors of fall. Enjoy these tortoishell cat pictures, then submit your own.

White Cats Profile: All You Need to Know About White Cats
White cats have long been loved for their pristine beauty. Their snow-white brilliance, often coupled with blue, green, or golden eyes makes them stand out among multi-colored cats, such as tabbies, calicoes, and tortoiseshells.

White Cats Profile: All You Need to Know About White Cats
White cats have long been loved for their pristine beauty. Their snow-white brilliance, often coupled with blue, green, or golden eyes makes them stand out among multi-colored cats, such as tabbies, calicoes, and tortoiseshells.

What Breed is my Cat?
One of the most common questions asked among cat lovers is "What breed is my cat?" The quick answer is "If you don't know already, your cat is likely not of a specific breed, but a domestic cat." An encyclopedia could be written about this topic. However, the most pertinent information related to the question can be summed up for lay people with fewer than a dozen articles.

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