Shimmering blues, pale creams and lilacs, and stunning blue-creams and lilac-creams are each part of the dilute coat universe in cats. Learn how a double dose of the recessive dilute gene produces these wonderful colors.
Do you know the meaning of the word "colorbred" as it applies to the world of cat breeding? Learn more about this breeding term, the philosophy behind it, and how you may want to tweak your own breeding program to incorporate color-breeding.
Tabbies, Smokes/Shaded & Silvers, Bicolors, Pointed cats and Chocolates... Genetically, these wonderful colors of cats are just red, black or tortoiseshell cats, until the addition of a single gene or two changes the color of the coat.
This article discusses the most common genes that determine coat color in cats. Knowing these genes and their genetic symbols is the first step in understanding how coat color is inherited, and being able to determine and plan for the coat colors possible from a specific breeding.
The grooming challenge of a dilute is to always try to keep the color as light as possible, and to never do anything to the coat that might cause the color to darken. Enhancing the ethereal beauty of the dilute colors of cats often requires a special grooming technique called `tipping`.