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Multiple colors cats of this breed can be divided into several groups:
even, which include black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream and white;
smoky, or smoked;
shaded and chinchilla;
patterned or tabby (mackerel or striped, spotted and marbled);
bicolored (van, harlequin and bicolor).
It should be noted that the smoky, shaded and chinchilla are united in one common group silver colors. The most popular among cat lovers are British blue, the second place is occupied by the purple cat, third - silver tabby, and finally, the fourth - spotted variety. Some states do not become less popular color Brown Spotted (chocolate spots on a light background).
What follows is a more detailed description of the most common
colors. In parentheses are given the encoding of each.
Black color (BRI n) is very complicated. The fact is that until about 6-7 months kitten fur stores brown. Thus a foregone conclusion that, as adults, the animals will be black, you can not. Coat Black British short, thick, with a glossy sheen. Opaque hair tighter than individuals of other colors, so that these cats do not have the inherent of Breed plush.
All the hairs from the roots to the tips painted gusto.cherny color. Significant deficiencies are rusty color shade and the presence of white hairs. The nose is black. Pads are black or brown. Gold or copper eyes, without the green rim. Green eye, which can not purebred black cats, the British are not allowed.
Blue color (BRI a) may vary from svetlo.do sredne.golubogo.
The greatest success of the experts uses the gamut from sredne.do lilovo.goluboy as light wool seems flecked with small spots, it looks less attractive.
Color should be even, without stains, shades and white hairs. There can be no presence kakogo.libo drawing. Nose and paw pads should be blue, and his eyes yellow, orange or copper. Coat in blue British thick, short and soft to the touch (Teddy).
The current standard is not allowed to blue undercoat kakoy.nibud Briton had a different hue. In addition, the cat of this color should not be a "silver."
This question is relevant for Russian breeders, because at one time the British valued silver hue, and the effect was achieved lightening tips of the hairs. It looks like this, of course, is beautiful, but does not meet the standard.
Chocolate color (BRI b) for the British cats is relatively new. It was obtained by chance during injection type kolor.poynt. Breeders often use British chocolate for mating with cats kolor.poynt because they are carriers of the gene corresponding color.
The coat of chocolate British short and soft, dark-brown color. Color is evenly distributed, saturated, without markings and ticking. The eyes are yellow, orange or copper.
Lilac color (BRI c), as well as chocolate, was received by breeders in the type inference kolor.poynt. Animals with this color have a short, dense and soft coat. His coat should be smooth, purplish-gray with a pinkish tinge. The eyes are yellow, orange or copper. Disqualifications are cats with a pronounced pattern.
Since the word that translates to in Russian as "red", in English, no, red cat called red.
Red color (BRI d) - is uniformly distributed on wool brilliantovo.krasny deep color. The presence of white hair is unacceptable. Nose and paw pads should be kirpichno.krasnymi, and eyes - copper or gold.
Mackerel is necessary to have in color three continuous strips that run along the entire back. Kittens dappled colors of the three continuous bands two ends as they grow up torn spots. In addition, the spots should be covered by all the animal's body.
At the beginning of XX century. cream of Britons believe mutants. Then the color of their hair was zhelto.korichnevym and pale cream it was only in the late 1950s and HGG., When breeders began systematic breeding of British Shorthair cats.
Today bledno.kremovogo desired color, and good quality wool breeders achieved using in breeding cats of this color not only the cream of individuals, but also equal in genetically British blues.
You should also know that the cream color looks best with constant moderate temperatures. In addition, the coat color may deteriorate in the case of incorrect selection of drugs for their care.
Along with black, cream color (BRI e) is considered one of the most difficult. Besides purely British cream - a very rare phenomenon. Most animals with fur coat color is usually so with all kinds of colors and patterns, the presence of which, according to the standard, is excluded.
Coat cream of British cats is short, thick, soft, evenly colored. White hairs are not allowed. Experts prefer bledno.kremovomu color as possible without markings. Nose and paw pads should be pink, and eyes - copper or gold.
British Shorthair white color (BRI w), as well as Persian, is represented by three species: a sapfirno.golubymi, gold or copper and colored eyes.
Eye color coding is the numbers "61", "62" and "63" respectively. Animals with different eyes one eye have to be a sapphire-blue, and the other - a golden, with equal saturation. Nose and paw pads are pink.
White British unusually attractive: their short, dense and soft snow-white hair, with no trace of yellow. All shades and spots are eliminated. Not by chance in recent years the popularity of these animals began to increase. However, their breeding breeders faced with many difficulties.
On feline symposium, held in 1997, even decided to ban cultivation of white cats in connection with a high probability of the offspring of such physical defects as lack of hearing, smell, etc. Also, do not always provide offspring with perfectly white hair and blue eyes.
Newborn kittens white color can be lightly marked. If the animals were removed from the blue Britons bledno.goluboy markings painted in color, from the descendants of black cats - black. Therefore, it is often said that the white British "origin written on their foreheads." As in adult markings disappear, their presence in cats is quite acceptable.
Tortoiseshell can combine a variety of colors, which gives
cats charm. Moreover, hardly able to find two identical tortoiseshell cats. That cats because genetics virtually excludes the presence of tortoiseshell cats.
Generally considered black tortie (BRI f), blue-cream tortie (BRI g), tortoiseshell shokolad.no.kremovy (BRI h) and tortoise lilovo.kremovy (BRI j) colors.
When choosing one of the two equivalent animal bicolor cat should favor the second color without spots on the white part of the muzzle, although they are not considered to be a great disadvantage. If the same spots are on the legs, do the same.
Coat the "Turtles" is short, dense and soft. The colors in the color should be evenly mixed. Exception of short strips, in particular, on the nose, as well as cream, "sneakers" on the feet. According to the American standard, the spots should be painted in different colors. Nose and pads of the cat pink and / or black, gold or copper eyes.
Among the fans of cats showed considerable one relationship to tortoiseshell. Some people do not recognize these animals, while others consider them amusing, but not much more. However, you should be aware that the "bugs" are the perfect material for breeding.
The resulting offspring are different from them a large variety of colors and elegance. At exhibitions judge, taking into account this fact, belong to individuals tortoise loyally.
Cats smoky colors, as noted above, genetically back to silver. Their distinctive feature is that each strand of wool dyed in primary colors on a third of its length, the lower part of the same, as well as an undercoat, pure silver, almost white.
The coat is short, thick and hard. Nose and pads of the same color as the coat. British smoky eyes should be gold or copper.
The most common color is black smoke (ns, the letter «s» means silver). In addition, the most frequently encountered smoky blue (as), smoky chocolate (bs), smoky lilac (cs), smoky red (ds), smoky cream (es), black tortie smoke (fs), blue-cream smoke (as) , shokoladno.kremovy smoky (hs), lilac-cream smoke (js).
The second group of silver colors together and shaded chinchilla.
In Western Europe remains the most popular cat breeds are Persians, Exotics and, of course, British. As for the popularity of the British in Russia, many explain this fact by their resemblance to vasnetsovskim cat that ate the grandmother cream. Moreover, in view of Britain's purely a Russian - a kind of fat goof.
If smoky colors look bright, then shaded and chinchilla - almost white, with a characteristic "spray" on the tips of the hairs.
Cats with shaded color of this "coating" is only one-sixth of a hair, and in individuals with a chinchilla coat color even less - eighth. Of course, in order to distinguish these cats, there is no attempt to measure how much of their wool is "spraying", so they are of both belong to chinchillas.
Both color, question are coded similarly to smoke, but with the addition of the corresponding numbers: "11" - shaded, "12" - chinchilla. For example, the encoding of black shaded cats - BRI ns11. Outwardly, it looks white with black "spray", and her paw paws, nose stroke and stroke eyes should be completely black.
In animals as shaded and Chinchilla color is not permitted on the limbs, chest and tail closed lanes. Cats with shaded color of the hair must be obscured on the back, flanks, head, ears and tail.
The uniformity of color is more important than the contrast. Chin, abdomen and lower part of the tail should be as pale. "Spraying" is any osnov.nyh colors and tortoiseshell or creamy blue.
Nose and paw pads are usually painted in the color of the coat. Do tortoiseshell cats and kremovo.golu.byh they bicolor - rozovo.krasnye. The eyes of these cats copper or gold, without a green rim. The presence of the rim shall be permitted only in silver shaded.
Cats with chinchilla coat color look amazingly rich and elegant. Their fur is similar to Pestsovaya coat. Chinchilla was developed in the early 1970's. English breeder Norman Winder, which made crossing the Persian chinchilla with the British Shorthair. Breeder attracted luxurious silver chinchilla coat and power Briton.
The experiment was a success: in 1973, Winder shown at the new
rock, known as the British black with tipping ("spray"). This color was found in 1980 in the British Council the club board of cat lovers.
Obligatory requirement for chinchilla is that they have eyes bright green color. Yellow eyes are considered evil.
No less interesting are the golden colors (coded with the letter "u" in analogy with the letter «s» in the designation of the silver color).
It is very rare for the British Shorthair breed.
Shaded golden color is not a kind of silver shaded color. Undercoat in these cats is not white, and
rich, warm cream color. Hairs usually with black or temno.korichnevym "spray" at the tips.
Chin, abdomen and lower part of the tail should be painted in a pale apricot color, nose - a brick, and the transition is perfectly acceptable to black or temno.korichnevomu color. Paws of animals
considered black or temno.korichnevye, green eyes.
Perhaps the most diverse in the British Shorthair is a tabby, or patterned color. This variety has been bred Britons among the first.
Classify animals patterned color tak.to not easy, but this is due to the fact that the established standard 3 types tabby - tabby (code figure denotes the number "22"), mackerel (striped or tiger, drawing, 23), and spotted (24) - may be on the ground color, as well as silver, gold, tortoiseshell background.
Classic tabby distinct pattern characterized by dense with broad lines. Cats paws with this color ravnomerno.polosatye rings, top smoothly into the design on the body. Evenly ringed tail stripes. On the neck are several closed rings ("necklace"), which should be a maximum size.
Mark is present on the forehead with the letter "m." From the corners of his eyes out continuous strip. On the cheeks - a spiral. Vertical lines running on the head, extended shoulders and sides in the form of a butterfly, which separately drawn covered points of the upper and lower wings.
Drawing on the back of a classic tabby has two vertical lines, similar to the body of a butterfly, which are clearly separated by a three-line primary color. On each side flaunts a large solid spot, surrounded by one or more rings.
In assessing the exterior coat color is not the first place. Highest number of points is estimated head of British cats (30), hair color (25), figure (20). Separate line item in the standard description says eyes. Particularly strict their color is evaluated blue color. It must be very intense, bright copper or orange.
Kitten Show-class in Europe is 500-600 dollars. If the kitten is exposed and has been awarded the titles, its price increases accordingly. In Russia, the average price of a British cat is 300-400 dollars. Tribal animal from elite manufacturers costs about $ 500.
Figures on the sides should be symmetrical. On the lower part of the body is a double row of "buttons". Presence of white spots in the color allowed. The eyes of the classic tabby be temno.oranzhevogo or copper-colored.
Mackerel tabby - is thick clear pattern with narrow lines.
These cats paws are covered with evenly spaced strips with thin rings, which go into the drawing at the top of the body. The tail is also striped. "Necklace" around the neck like a chain.
As well as the classic tabby, on the forehead of the tiger is the mark shaped like the letter "m." From the corners of his eyes out continuous strip. From head on his shoulders fall line, which takes the form of the back seat.
The narrow lines extend around the entire body. The drawback is the presence of color in the fur of white spots. The eyes of tiger cats copper or temno.oranzhevye.
For spotted tabby frequent and dark patches that need to be clearly visible on a bright background. In form, they can be round, oblong or similar to the socket. Head spotted tabby colored the same as the classic tab.bi. Limbs too spotty. Spots on the tail can not be, yet their presence is desirable. In addition, the tail is sometimes decorated with an open ring.
The most common are silver with black, brown with black and red spotted tabby with a brick. Standards are also allowed to have spots in cats with flat colors: black, blue, brown, red. Their eyes temno.oranzhevogo or copper-colored.
The disadvantages are considered color stripe on the back, fuzzy or merging
Cats with white spots on the fur are disqualified.
In silver tabby patterned base color coat with a clear pale silvery shade. Drawing a clear, black, with separate areas colored in red or soft shades, located on the trunk and extremities. It can be classic, mackerel or spotted. Nose in cats of this color brick, paw pads black and / or brick, or hazel eyes brilliantovo.zelenye.
The main color of red tabby, of course, red. Drawing a clear, deep red color. Nose and paw pads brick. Copper or gold eyes.
The main color of brown tabby pattern (varieties: classic, mackerel, spotted) - brilliant medno.korichnevy. Feature black pattern is spot or red stains or soft shades of colors that can be placed on the body and limbs. Nose these animals brick color, paw pads black and / or brick, copper or gold eyes.
In blue tabby ground color, including the jaw, - pale blue or ivory figure of a saturated blue color, contrasting with the basic. Nose and paw pads temno.rozovye. Copper or gold eyes.
Blue tabby pattern (classic, mackerel, spotted) differs from the preceding species by the presence of the body and limbs cream spots or streaks. Nose and paw pads in cats of this color pink. Copper or gold eyes.
There cream tabby ground color, including the jaw - a very pale cream. Figure beige or cream, much darker than the main color, contrast. Nose and paw pads are pink. Copper or gold eyes.
Do tabby with white base color - red, cream, blue silver or brown. According to the standard, chisto.belymi, without admixture of other colors, the cat must face, "slippers" in the legs, hips and lower torso. Of particular importance is also attached to the symmetry of the figure. Nose, paws and eyes - the main color tabby.
The brown tabby ground color brilliant medno.korichnevy. Figure in black.
The back of the legs along the length of the black, without a pattern. The nose should be brick red, paw pads - black or brown eyes - gold or copper.
Bicolor are a combination of white with any other flat color - blue, chocolate, lilac, red, black, cream or any of the tortoise.
Depending on the number of white bicolor the following groups: Van, harlequin, bicolor. They are coded numbers "01", "02" and "03" respectively, and observed: the more white, the lower the number of color coding.
Color, combining white and black, with all the other colors are called "black van", "harlequin" or "bicolor", etc. The standard allows for the presence of the body of the Vans one or two colored spots.
In bi-white cats must face, chest, lower torso, thighs and "slippers". Ideally, the muzzle must be painted symmetrically, as if in a kerchief. However, a small asymmetry not only spoils the appearance of two-colored animals, but, on the contrary, gives it more spicy. Vans for Harlequins and mandatory requirement is white? Collar. " In bicolor it might not be.
All three types of bi-color can be white, not only in combination with the basic and tortoiseshell, but also with tabbirovannymi, shaded, etc. eyes Bicolors gold or copper.
Van tabby with white - it is a white color with colored patches on the head, tail and paws. Color color stains can be classic, marble, mottled or patterned. One or two small spots on the body are not considered a great disadvantage. Nose, paws and eyes painted on the base color tabby. The disadvantages include the color of flowers and one-color imbalance paws.
For colored cotton uniformly distributed characteristic black and red spots on a white background. The standard requires that three-colored spots are located on the top, ears, cheeks, tail, back and sides of the animal.
The colors should be clear and bright, and the spots - clearly distinguishable. On the red spots Slight tabby. Nose and paw pads in cats of this color pink and / or black, gold or copper eyes. The disadvantages are considered unbalanced and one-color color feet.
Van calico - white color with red and black patches on the head, tail and paws cat. On the body allowed odno.dva speck.
The eyes should be gold or copper.
Van dilute calico - white color with blue and cream-colored patches on the head, tail and paws animal. On the body may be one or two small spots. Copper or gold eyes.
Dilute calico combines distributed uniformly cream and black spots on a white background. Three-color stain should cover the top of the head, ears, cheeks, tail, back, sides and part cat. The colors should be clear and bright, and the spots - clearly visible.
On creamy spots Slight tabby. Nose and paw pads blue and / or pink.
Copper or gold eyes. Color deficiencies are considered unbalanced and one-color color feet.
Cats creamy blue color were removed long ago - about two decades ago. Wool they light blue tones with splashes of cream, nose and paw pads blue and / or pink, gold or copper eyes.
The disadvantages are considered one-color paws, drawings and monochrome tabby spots. Blue-cream color can only be a female, so the offspring with the desired characteristics can be obtained only through targeted breeding.

Used material books O.A. Puhovoy, "British Shorthair Cat"

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