British cats are quite popular, because they have a calm character and attractive appearance. This breed has more than 200 different colors. So, what arecolors of British cats.

Conventionally, all the colors of British cats can be divided into groups. In cats withsolid color   each wool has a uniform color along the entire length. This color is considered classic. Also, the classic colors of British cats - tortoiseshell, chocolate-tortie, blue-cream, etc. However, strictly speaking, these mixed colors can not be distinguished in a separate group, because they are not peculiar to cats - only cats. Classical colors of British cats make up a group of basic colors .

The following color groups are based onadditional signs of color. When the tabby is colored, the hairs of the cat are not uniformly colored, so that a pattern is formed on the cat's fur (marble, spotted, brindle). In silvery (smoky) cats - a light foundation of wool and a dark tip. Cats of the Himalayan color (color-point) are somewhat reminiscent of Siamese: with their light body color they have dark ears, limbs, a mask and a tail. Colors of British cats from the group of particolors are the basic colors in combination with white.

In the color of a cat, the signs of almost all groups can be combined. This is due to the mutual influence of genes responsible for the colors of British cats. Therefore, each color has its owncode. in which besides the cat breed signs of its color are fixed. In fact - to which groups of the above can be attributed a cat.

The first three letters of the code are the breed of a cat. In purebred British it is BRI (British Shorthair) and BLH (British Longhair). Then the letter of the base color is indicated.The following basic colors of British cats stand out:

  • white (white) - w
  • black (black) - n
  • blue (blue) - a
  • chocolate (chocolate) - b
  • cinnamon - o
  • purple (lilac) - c
  • fawn - p
  • red (red) - d
  • cream-e
  • tortoiseshell (tortoiseshell) - f
  • blue-cream-g
  • chocolate-tortie (h-tortie) - h
  • tortoise cinnamon-tortie - q
  • lilac-tortie - j
  • fawn-tortie - r

After the letter of the base color codes of additional color-forming features are written, it can be both letters and numbers.

Combinations with white (particolor, piebald colors):

  • bicolour - 03
  • harlequin - 02
  • van (van) - 01

Varieties of combinations with white differ in the location of the spots and the ratio of white and basic colors. Coloring catsvan   completely white, colored tail and 1-2 small spots on the head, small spots in the shoulder area and on the back sides of the limbs are permissible. Coloring catsharlequin also mostly white, a small colored spots located on its body and limbs. Cats color bicolor   mostly dark, white spots can be on different parts of the body (paws, chest, head).

  • agouty - 21
  • spotted - 24
  • mackerel / tiger (maskerel / tiger) - 23
  • marble - 22

When paintingagouti the hair can be divided into zones, painted in varying degrees. Tabbi Mackerel (tiger) is a vertical parallel bands. Marble tabby (classic tabby)   - wide spiral strips on the sides, three strips along the ridge, spots on the abdomen, rings on the tail and paws.Spotted tabby   differs in small spots or intermittent streaks throughout the body.

  • Smoke (including tabby - spot on silver, tiger on silver, marble on silver) (smoke, silver tabby) - s
  • Shaded - 11
  • Chinchilla (tipped) - 12

Have smoky cats   half hair is colored, white root. When paintingshaded (shaded) painted 1/3 of the tip when coloration chinchilla — 1/8.

The code for the color color-point   (link-point) - 33

For example, BRI fs code 03 means that the cat (or the cat) — the British Shorthair with tortoiseshell smoky color, bicolor. Certain colors of British cats standard must be accompanied by with a certain eye color. Cats that have white color can have orange or blue eyes, and disagreement is also allowed. For cats, the color of the silver tabby (smoky cat with spots or stripes) is allowed orange or green eyes. Color-points should ideally have blue eyes, but in fact, this is not always the case.

Codes eye color the following:

  • blue — 61
  • orange - 62
  • raznoglazie — 63
  • green — 64

It should be remembered that the scheme is quite conventional. Different colors of British cats are subject to a number additional requirements .