Cats: breed and color

Breed standard includes a number of detailed description: head shape, the shape of the legs, body length, tail length, body type, eye color, shape of ears, length of hair and color. To characterize the color of the cat, the terms are used; with their help, felinologists all over the world describe: hair color, the presence of the pattern, the spots, color uniformity of hairs and so on. In certain color, hairs are stained due to natural pigment dyes, called - melanin. It also paints color of the eye. If there is a lot of melanin in the hair, the cat is black or brown in color; if there is a lot of yellow - the cat will be red; if there is no melanin at all, the beauty will be snow-white. Thus, the terms denote: - Solid. It is a solid, evenly colored hair color. - Tortoiseshell. As a rule, it is more common in the females. This is when pelt pattern emerge spots resembling tortoise shell. - Tubby or Tabby. The pattern in the form of strips or circles. This color, very close to the original coloring of the ancestor of the domestic cat. In other words, it is a wild color. Thousands of years ago, patterns of their skin, helped them mask in the grass, in the leaves the predator could calmly wait for their prey. - Marble tabby. This is when wide strips are seen on the skin resembling marble lines. - Mackerel or brindle color. The pattern consisting of parallel strips. - Smoky or Silver. The cat has each hair painted in two colors; the second half is always the white. That creates a beautiful effect of haze, mist and iridescence. - Color point is the most spectacular color! The cat's body is bright and paws, tail, ears and snout are dark. The contrast is expressive, attractive and bright. As a rule, it is the standard of the Siamese breed. - Calico. It is three colors. The white hair with black and red spots. As a rule, with such hair color only female cats are found, thoroughbred or yard. The people believe this cat brings happiness! Each breed has its own color standards. Therefore, for example, the Persian cats should be blue (light gray), black, white, gray, red (Auburn), purple (gray with a purple tinge), cream and red. The British shorthair may have a variety of shades of gray: purple, gray or blue. The British shorthair can be red only if the wool has tortoiseshell pattern. Siamese or Balinese must be painted in color point, different options are allowed.