Scottish cats colors

Scottish cats colorsScottish fold and straight cats are one of the breeds in which almost any color is recognized by the standards. When describing colors, take into account the color of the coat, the intensity of its dyeing, the degree of dyeing of the hairs, the presence of a pattern, and (or) white spots. When describing breed standards, a specific coat color usually corresponds to a specific color of the eyes, pads and nose.

All colors of Scottish cats are divided into:

  1. Monochrome (they are also solid or smooth) (SOLID) – when each wool is evenly dyed in one color from root to tip. There are only seven solid colors: black, white, blue, purple, chocolate, red and cream. With this color, the presence of spots, shades, white hairs, patterns is not allowed;
  2. Tortoiseshell (TORTIE) – is a combination of two colors (red and its derivatives + black and its derivatives: blue + cream, chocolate + red, lilac + cream, etc.) and their uniform distribution over the body;
  3. Bicolor colors (VAN / HARLEQUIN / BICOLOR) – a combination of white with the main color – black, red, blue, etc. Depending on the percentage of white and color on the cat’s coat, this color is divided into:
    • Van – the tail is painted and two spots on the head;
    • Harlequin – the tail is colored, there are large color spots on the back, head, sides, legs. In total, about 1/5 of the surface of the fur coat is painted;
    • Bicolor – half or slightly more of the surface of the body is painted. The muzzle, chest, belly and socks remain white.

    In bicolor colors, white can be combined not only with monochrome spots, but also with tortoiseshell, patterned and ticked ones.

  4. Patterned (TABBY) – characterized by the presence of a contrasting, pronounced pattern on the main background. Depending on the type of pattern, they distinguish between marble, spotted, brindle (mackerel) or ticked tabby.
    • Marble – wide, dark streaks, curls, rings and half rings located all over the back and sides. On the shoulder blades there is a pattern in the form of wings. Dark rings on the tail, legs, neck;
    • Spotted – dark spots of a round or oblong shape on a lighter background. On the tail, paws, neck – rings or half rings of a dark color;
    • Mackerel (brindle) – along the spine, there is a dark stripe, from which thinner transverse stripes descend on the sides of the body to the stomach. The legs, tail and neck are also striped;
    • Ticked tabby – two or three dark stripes are clearly visible on a light background. This zoning of the hair gives the ticked color a shimmering light that cannot be described in words.

  5. COLOURPOINT (Siamese) – characterized by a darker, more saturated color of the face, ears, tail, legs and paws compared to the lighter body. Points can be of all basic mono colors, as well as tabbed and tipped;
  6. TIPPED colors which do not imply any pattern of stripes, spots or streaks on the coat. Tipping is such a distribution of the coloring pigment along the length of the hair, in which only its tip is colored, while the rest remains uncolored. Tipping is typical only for golden and silver colors. Tipped colors are divided into:
    • Smoky colors (SMOKE) – the smoke is genetically related to silvery colors. Each hair in a smoky color is dyed in the base color for 1/3 of the hair’s length, the lower part of the hair and the undercoat should be pure silver;
    • Shaded colors (SHADED), for example, a black shaded Scottish cat has a silvery-white hair base with black dusting, which occupies 1/6 of the hair;
    • Chinchilla colors (SHELL) – the chinchilla looks almost white with a light dusting on the very ends of the hair, occupying only 1/8 of the hair.

    Tipped and ticked are the rare and fashionable colors of Scottish cats today. It was they who formed the basis of the work of our cattery. It is in our cattery that you can buy Scottish kittens of golden and silver chinchillas, silver and golden shaded, golden and silver ticked tabby. And also buy Scottish kittens in ultra-rare colors – tipped color point (golden or silver shaded point, golden or silver chinchilla point) and ticked color point.

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