Coat Types (Cat Breeds)

A cat's fur is its crowning glory and is a source of insulation. In the wild, a cat's coat color serves as camouflage and its related to its natural habitat. Chance color mutations and selective breeding have produced the variety of coats seen in today's pedigree cats. Types of coat, like color, also developed to suit habitat the more rugged the climate, the thicker the coat.

The domestic cat (like the wild cat) is basically tabby in marking, but selective breeding has produced a wide array of "self" or solid color as well as new patters - from black, lilac, and blue, to tortoiseshell, smoke, or cameo, and many more. There are just some of the possibilities.

Types of Tipping
Tipping may be very light or extend down the hair almost to the root. A ticked coat has hairs that are banded.

Coat Varieties
The three types of hair in a cat's coat are the topcoat or guard hairs, the bristly awn hairs and the soft, curly down hairs (pink).

British Blue Shorthair
Russian Blue
Lilac-point Siamese
British Tortoiseshell Smoke Shorthair
Abyssinian (Usual)
Foreign Lilac Shorthair
Abyssinian (Sorrel)
British Black-tipped Shorthair
British Red Tabby Shorthair
British Black Shorthair
British Blue-Cream Shorthair
Exotic Colorpoint Shorthair
British Tortoiseshell Shorthair
British Silver Spotted Shorthair
Black Smoke Longhair
Maine Coon
Cornish Rex
Blue Longhair

British Black-and-white Bicolour Shorthair
British Tortoiseshell-and-White Shorthair
Blue-Cream Longhair