Category, Tabby Division, Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marbled Tabby, Silver
Spotted Tabby and Silver Marbled Tabby only.
Category, Tabby Division, Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby and Seal Sepia Marbled
Category, Tabby Division, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby and Seal Mink Marbled
Category, Tabby Division, Seal Lynx Spotted Tabby and Seal Lynx Marbled
Broad modified wedge with rounded contours. Longer than it is wide.
Slightly small in proportion to body, but not to be taken to extreme.
The skull behind the ears makes a gentle curve and flows into the neck.
Allowance to be made for jowls in adult males. Overall look of the
head should be as distinct from the domestic cat as possible.
small compared to size of head, with wide base and rounded tips.
Set as much on side as top of head, following the contour of the face in
the frontal view, and pointing forward in the profile view. Light
horizontal furnishings acceptable; but lynx tipping undesirable.
Oval, almost round. Large, but not bugged. Set wide apart, back into
face, and on slight bias toward base of ear. Eye color according
to coat color. The more richness and depth of color the better.
Strong chin, aligns with tip of nose in profile.
and well defined, with prominent whisker pads and high, pronounced cheekbones.
Slight muzzle break at the whisker pads.
and wide; slightly puffed nose leather.
Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of the nose with no break.
Bridge of nose extends above the eyes; the line of the bridge extends to
the nose tip, making a nearly straight, convex curve.
slender, but muscular; in proportion to the head and body.
Long and substantial, not oriental or foreign. Medium to large. Consideration
should be given to allow for smaller size, in balanced proportion, of females.
length, slightly longer in the back than in the front.
Large, round, with prominent knuckles.
Medium length, thick, with rounded tip.
Sturdy, firm; never delicate.
Very muscular, especially in the males, one of the most distinguishing
features. Allowance to be made for the generally slighter musculature
of the females.
to medium. Allowance for slightly longer coat in kittens.
and luxurious, close lying, unusually soft and silky to the touch.
Spotted or marbled. Coat may be glittered or not glittered, but glitter
only preferred if all else equal.
Spotted Pattern: Spots shall be random,
or aligned horizontally. Rosettes showing two distinct colors or shades,
such as paw print shaped, arrowhead shaped, doughnut or half doughnut shaped
or clustered are preferred to single spotting but not required. Contrast
with ground color must be extreme, giving distinct pattern and sharp edges.
Strong, bold chin strap and mascara markings desirable. Virtually white
undersides and belly desirable. Blotchy horizontal shoulder streaks,
spotted legs and spotted or rosetted tail are desirable. Belly must
Marbled Pattern: Pattern shall consist
of horizontally flowing colors and patterns with sharp contrast, distinct
shapes, and sharp edges to the markings when the cat is stretched with
a chaining look being preferred. Vertical striping and/or classic bulls
eye are undesirable. Preference should be given to cats with three
or more shades; i.e., ground color, markings, and dark outlining of those
markings. Contrast must be extreme, with distinct shapes and sharp
edges. Virtually white undersides and belly desirable. Belly
must be spotted.
colors recognized are brown tabby, seal sepia tabby, seal mink tabby, seal
lynx tabby, and silver tabby.
Tabby: All variations are allowed;
however, a degree of rufinism yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or
light orange ground color is preferred over a gray or dark orange red background.
Markings may be virtually black, tan, or various shades of brown.
Light spectacles encircling the eyes and a virtually white ground color
on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly, and inner legs (in contrast to
the ground color of the flanks and back) is desirable. Rims of eyes,
lips, and nose should be outlined with black, and center of nose should
be brick red. Eye color may be gold, copper, green, bronze, brown
or hazel, the more richness and depth of color the better. Tail tip
must be virtually black. Paw pads may be virtually black, eggplant,
or rosy pink with no speckling or mottling allowed.
Tabby: Ground color should be a sparkling
silver-white overlaid with intense black horizontally flowing markings,
contrasted markings may be distinctly charcoal to dark gray. Rims
of eyes, nose and lips outlined in black. White spectacles encircling
the eyes and a white ground color on the whisker pads, chin, chest, belly,
and inner legs (in contrast to the ground color of the flanks and back)
is desirable. The silver tabby genetically is a shaded cat expressing the
agouti pattern, therefore the undercoat should be white. A small
degree of tarnishing is acceptable, especially along the spine, legs, muzzle
and face. Paw pads should be deep charcoal or brownish black, no
speckling or mottling allowed. Nose leather brick red. Eye
color may be gold, copper, green, bronze, brown or hazel, the more richness
and depth of color the better.
Sepia Tabby: Ground color should be
ivory, cream, or light tan with pattern clearly visible. Seal sepia
tabby pattern may be various shades of seal sepia to a dark seal sepia.
Ivory or cream spectacles encircling the eyes, and ivory or cream whisker
pads and chin are desirable. There should be very little or no difference
between the color of body markings and point color. Paw pads should
be dark brown with rosy pink undertones allowed. Tail tip should
be dark seal brown. Eye color should be gold, but may also be gold green,
the more richness and depth of color the better.
Mink Tabby: Ground color should
be ivory, cream, or light tan with pattern clearly visible. Seal
mink tabby pattern may be various shades of seal mink to a dark seal mink.
Ivory or cream spectacles encircling the eyes, and ivory or cream
whisker pads and chin are desirable. There should be very little
or no difference between the color of body markings and point color.
Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy pink undertones allowed.
Tail tip should be dark seal brown. Eye color should be aqua (blue
green) but may also be green, or green gold, the more richness and depth
of color the better.
Lynx Tabby: Ground color should
be ivory to cream with pattern clearly visible. Pattern can vary
in color from dark seal brown, light brown, tan, or buff, with light spectacles,
whisker pads, and chin. There should be little difference between
color of body markings and point color. Paw pads should be dark brown
with rosy pink undertones allowed. Tail tip must be dark seal brown.
Eye color must be blue, the more richness and depth of color the better.
Smaller size, in balanced proportion, of females. Slightly longer
coat in kittens. Jowls in adult males.
More than one vertical stripe or bar on either side forming a mackerel
tabby pattern on spotted cats; circular bulls eye pattern on marbled cats;
substantially darker point color (as compared to color of body markings)
in Seal Sepia, Seal Mink, or Seal Lynx cats. For any distinct locket on
the neck, chest, abdomen or any other area. For a concave break where forehead
meets the bridge of the nose. Do not penalize for mousy undercoat.
Belly not spotted. Kinked or abnormal tail. Incorrect number of toes. Improper
be unchallenging; any sign of definite challenge, i.e.. attempt to swat,
claw, or bite shall disqualify. The cat may exhibit fear, seek to
flee, or generally complain aloud but may not threaten to harm.
Out cross: Leopard Cats.