There are two separate genes that combine to produce a tabby coat in cats. These two genes are the tabby gene that determines pattern, and the agouti gene that determines whether the pattern can be seen.
Inheritance Of Agouti & Tabby Genes In Cats
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The coat of the Maine Coon is heavy but silky. An interesting characteristic is that the coat is shaggy and drapes longer on the stomach and behind the legs (britches) but is shorter over the shoulders.