British cats

British cats

Today, few people remember that the first representatives of the British breed of wives were monophonic and exclusively smoky-blue color. Over time, thanks to many years of efforts, individuals appeared with new interesting colors.

Classic colors

Today there are about 200 different species of the woolen koller “British”. However, all this motley diversity is clearly regulated. There is a whole system of international norms and standards, gradation color on the score system. Experts in the field of felinology estimate each kitten presented by him for examination, and assign a unique code that is recorded in a pedigree animal.

The assessment is influenced by many different factors: general genetics, compatibility of pair colors, as far as the relative of parents among themselves. Some color gene may prevail over the other – this also affects the offspring.

When creating a couple for mating, a whole set of different characteristics are taken into account, on which further color depends.

The main items for which the assessment is conducted:

  • The intensity of the wool and undercoat+
  • Availability or lack of drawing+
  • Eye color, pads on the paws, as well as the color of the tip of the kitten’s nose.

All currently existing color varieties of British cats can be divided into several major groups.

  • Monophonic colors. They are still called solid or solid. The main requirement for them – the color must be uniform.

It is not allowed to have the slightest hint of motley or any pattern.

  • Cherepakhov. This color is obtained when viscating black partners with blue, cream or red. It does not impose any special requirements to such a color, since in this case it is impossible to pre-predict the result.

  • Smoky. The main color of the wool in the smoky British is observed only on the surface of the skins, and the underpants on the contrast is brighter. Color may vary from silver-gray to black with pain. Typical example of the smoky cat – Chinchilla.

  • Tebby. Various drawings are allowed here. The pattern can be implicitly expressed – ticked or marble, as well as with a traced pattern – for example, clearly indicated by stains or stripes. Typical signs of Tabby (the tabby is written in some sources) it is noted on the forehead in the form of the letter “M”, the presence of dark strips near the eyes and on the cheeks, as well as the pattern in the form of a rings on the neck and chest.

  • Bicolor – These are any combination of white as an additional with other main shades. In this case, the white part should be no more than 1/3 of the main color. Various drawings, patterns and stains are allowed. Mandatory condition – the presence of color on one ear and on the head. The presence of a picture throughout the body is allowed while compliance with the proportionality of staining.

  • Colorful coloring (or Siamese) – When the body itself is white, and the dark color is only on the edges: the lower parts of the paw, the tip of the tail, the face and ears. The color of the coarse can vary depending on the temperature.

The following colors of monochromatic color are considered classic.

  • Black. Cats of this color are quite rare, so they are highly appreciated in the market. Black wool for standards hard to the touch and has a beautiful shine. Animal should be black all without exception: from paw pads to the tip of the nose. Some relaxation can be made for the color of the eye: in addition to the usual green, copper and goldists are allowed. The cleanliness of the breed depends on the undercoat – its color must exactly coincide with the color of the wool.

The problem is that with age, the depth of color can be blurred and becomes insufficient enough.

  • Blue. It is different interpreted as gray. This is the classic coloring of the British breed. The wool is completely devoid of even a hint of shine and looks like a plush toy – the same soft and pleasant to the touch. Some interpretations are allowed from light-smoky to graphite color. For mating, brighter shades of wool are appreciated, but dark colors are quoted little. Here the homogeneity of the color is also valued, any impurities of other tones are not allowed.

It is categorically unacceptable for spots, stripes and even individual hairs of another tone. The nose and pillow mirror should be in the color of the wool color, and the eyes with a warm golden-copper sweat.

  • Chocolate. This color appeared relatively recently, so the chances to meet it at exhibitions while little. But he has already managed to become a favorite on all sorts of exhibitions. Unlike the Blue Group, more dark shades are valued here, although there are halftones from light brown, almost beige to coffee, almost black. Nose and pads and pillows are also dark brown, the eye color is allowed from bright yellow to copper brown. The feature of the chocolate color kittens is that the color is formed not immediately and is finally formed about aged 1.5 years.

To obtain a resistant shade at the future generation, both parents have a chocolate gene – only in this case a great result is guaranteed.

  • Lilac (or pink). Very beautiful and aristocratic shade, which is very popular. Three degrees of intensity are allowed: bright white and pink color, medium with purple tint, dark-type coffee with milk. The lighter shade of wool, the more valuable it is considered.

Approximately half-year-old age in kittens allowed the presence of small impurities in the color, which should disappear into more adulthood.

Paws and nose must be in the color of the wool, the eyes are traditionally copper or orange.

  • Faun. This is a brighter version of the purple color. Differences only in shades: Cats with Favong color have a lighter, sandy shade of wool. Their paws and spouts, respectively, are also lighter than that of a group of lilac kittens. For them, a gentle pinkish-beige color is characterized. Often this is this factor and is decisive in determining, which group includes individuals.

If, when viscating, both partners have a false shade, kittens such a pair are obtained lighter color.

  • Cinnamon or cinnamon color. This group is often confused with chocolate, however, they differ in the intensity of the color. Kittens colors Cinnamon color is more gentle, with a lung, barely caught by copper or bronze. The characteristic feature of this group is that such kittens wool near the eyes and mouth slightly lighter than the rest. Nose and pads of warm powdered shade. This breed is also revealed relatively recently, but already has a whole army of fans. To obtain this shade, it is necessary that both parents have given a color.

The complexity is that the presence of the Cinnamon gene can be determined not immediately, but only by complex testing or after several generations.

  • Red, referred to in the commoner “Redhead” or “Golden”. Very complex color: the brightness and depth is appreciated in it than a rich color, the more appreciated. Cats and cats having the wool of the right red without any impurities – the phenomenon is quite rare, so experts allow minor intersions and a remote hint like a striped drawing of Tabby.

Appreciated primarily depth and color saturation. The tip of the nose and pillow of the paws in the red British red – brick shade, eyes of copper or amber.

  • Cream. There is also a name “Beige”. This gently peach shade beats all records of popularity from breeders. As in other versions of classic colors of British cats, homogeneity and depth are valued here, without any transitions of one shade in another. The spout of the nose and paws of pastel pink tones, eyes can be from bright orange to copper-brown.

To obtain the offspring of the correct color, it is necessary that both parents have a similar gene. In the absence of such at least one of the partners the quality of the breed deteriorates.

  • White. As in the case of obtaining a black color, to achieve perfect white extremely difficult. The fact is that the offspring from two parents with white wool is often congenital problems with the hearing aid. The color should be clean, without the slightest hint of yellowing or another shade – this is considered a shortage of the breed. Often kittens are born with colored spots that should disappear closer to the first year of life. It is quite difficult to achieve perfect color, so it is not put on the flow, and such kittens are valued at breeders. Nose and paws in white kittens gentle pink, without a sharp pigment. Eye color can be classic yellow-green as well as blue.

Sometimes kittens are born with eyes of different colors – it is believed that they bring good luck.

Among all this diversity, blue and literal colors are considered the most popular. They are easiest to withdraw and they are presented the least possible claims for clean. Not so long ago was led New type of British with gold color, which is today considered one of the rarest and most beautiful. Especially spectacular gold color of gold looks in combination with emerald eyes – this condition is mandatory in determining quality standards. No other color of the eyes of the Golden Shade is not accepted. The wool is soft, with a double bed of ripe apricot, slightly longer than the group of the British with a solid color.

Especially spectacular gold color of gold looks in combination with emerald eyes – this condition is mandatory in determining quality standards.

No other color of the eyes of the Golden Shade is not accepted. The wool is soft, with a double bed of ripe apricot, slightly longer than the group of the British with a solid color.

Same Very sought-after kittens with silver skurt. Various impurities of gray and black shades are allowed, but the presence of yellow spots is considered a gross violation of adopted norms. However, unlike the “golden” kittens, the representatives of the silver breed of the eye may not only have green, but also all shades of yellow and orange. During the first year of life, silver kittens can change the intensity of the color, as well as the drawing itself. It can become more pronounced or, on the contrary, weaken its presence.

British cats of gold and silver colors are divided into several subspecies.

  • Shaped (or veiled), When the pigment is manifested only at the tips of hairs, and the undercoat remains white. In this case, the total tone is smooth, without drawing.
  • Ticked when the drawing is clearly traced. It can be spotted or striped, as well as marble or other, but it is clearly indicated.

Unusual combination of colors and rare species

British’s colors are so diverse that there are very interesting colors among them. For example, two-color kittens are very popular – this color is also called the bicolor – when there is a clear distinction between white color and some other. At the same time, white should dominate the other pigment. Most often there are biccories with black and white wool. This color is often referred to as the soup or “Meglai”.

White combinations with beige and other colors are not too often.

Another interesting type of color, found from British cats – Color Point. Such a color occurs at the Siamese cat breed, when the whole body is light, and the muzzle, ears, feet paws and the tip of the tail is darker. Prerequisite for the British with Three Wool Color – Blue Eyes. Due to the insufficiency of gene material, the reproduction of this breed is problematic.

In addition, a set of indirect factors affects the shade. For example, the age of the animal – the young Points are brighter than adult individuals.

Also, the color of animal habitats is affected: at a lower air temperature, the wool begins to darken, and in the warm climate of blackout, on the contrary, brighten. The care of them is also a pretty troublesome. To maintain long wool in proper form, it must be combed daily. In addition, animals require special balanced nutrition.

Color Point can be divided into several independent subspecies. We give their brief description.

  • Forces-Point It is characterized by the presence of spots of dark brown on the forehead, on the nose and on the pillows. Body itself light beige.

  • Point Chocolate – The stain on the forehead has a brighter brown tint, spout and pads of the same light brown color with a pinkish hint.

  • Blue Point: The main color is light gray with a bluish tide, the presence of a pronounced bluish-gray spot. Paws Paws and Nose Mirror Gray.

  • Lilac Point has some similarity with blue-point, only paws and spout have gray with a pink tint.

  • Links Point: Availability of dark color tebby spots. It is allowed to have a spotted or tiger pattern.

  • Cream Blue Point also assumes the presence of the spots of the same color.

Very interesting color – Turtle (Torti). Here are the most intricate variations of multi-color from the patchwork to the presence of small specks. This color can contain up to 80 wide variety of colors. The main condition is to look at all this distround to look harmoniously. Wool in kittens Torti short, compacted, soft, matte, without glossy glitter. The eyes are traditionally a golden or copper shade, but it concerns the nose and pads on the paws, then there may be several options here: monogamous colors are allowed pink and black, as well as a combination of both colors.

What kind of kitten “British” you chose, oriented, first of all, on his character. After all, the main thing is that your new pet become a friend and a full member of your family.

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