colors cats of this breed can be divided into several
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
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
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.
COLOUR MUST CONFORM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mackerel tabby - is thick clear pattern with narrow
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
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
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
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
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
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.
books O.A. Puhovoy, "British Shorthair Cat"