Griselian British Shorthairs
ABOUT BRITISH SHORTHAIRS
ABOUT BRITISH LONGHAIRS
The British cat comes in many colours and patterns. If you think about the colours seperately from the pattern the mixture of both gives all possible colour and pattern combinations.
TABBIES - The most popular pattern is surely the tabby cat. this can be a classic tabby, a mackeral tabby or a spotted pattern. although still in its infancy the ticked tabby is also now recognised. The classic tabby is also known as the blotched tabby with lines and whirls known as oysters and butterflies. The mackeral tabby is not seen very often but is more lines than whirls. There should be three spine lines with vertical lines desending from this down the sides of the cat. the spotted pattern is mackeral based with the lines being broken into many well formed spots of colour. The pattern is represented in the colour of the cat and the ground colour under the pattern is paler giving a good contrast to show the pattern. the ticked tabby has no identifiable pattern but the coat is ticked with colour giving an even appearance over the body of the cat. All tabby marked cats can be silver based or non silver. in silver cats the pattern is also one of the colours as above with a pale silver base colour underneath.
Bi-colours are the base colour with the white spotting gene. In the show cat the expression of white should be no less than one third but no more than one half of the cat. an inverted V on the face is desirable and the tail should be fully coloured with the base colour. All the feet must be white and the pattern is desired to be symetrical. Van pattern bi-colours are realitvely rare in the British shorthair, the colour is restricted to the top of the head and tail only with three thumb print areas of colour allowed over the body. When the bi-colour is combined with the tortoiseshell the combination gives a cat that is patched with areas of both colours of the tortie and white.
The tipped cat is also genetically a tabby cat but has been bred to minimise the expression of the tabby with the colour at the tips of the hair only. It can be black (silver) or non silver (golden tipped).
The colourpointis also known as the himalayan or siamese gene. It is the siamese pattern on a british cat. The face or mask, ears, tail and legs are coloured with the base colour of the cat and the body being paler, the points can also be tabby marked presenting as strips over the marked points. the colourpoint is now also recognised with white (the bi-colour gene) and known as a colourpoint and white these are recognised in all the base colours.