WORLD CAT FEDERATION

GLOSSARY OF TECHNICAL TERMS

wdt_ID Term Explanation
1

Agouti

 

The banding of the hairs, which is caused by the gene A (Agouti-gene).
The bands are yellow, in silver varieties the bands are silver-white . In general each single hair has 3-5 bands.

2

Autosomal

Independent from the sex.
This term is used in genetics, when speaking of autosomal inheritance, i.e. sire and queen may inherit a trait.

3

Belly spot

A dark spot in the lower abdomen in cats with Siamese-points, which is coloured in the colour of the points.
A belly spot is considered as a fault.

4

Ringed

See rings

5

Bicolour
See also Piebald

Is a pattern with white patches, which is caused by gene S (Piebald Spotting).
In particular it denotes a specific pattern, where the amount of white is 1/3 (minimum) up to 1/2 (maximum), the remaining coat is solid coloured or has a tabby pattern.
See the menu Standard-Colours-Distribution for further description.

6

Blaze

A white patch between the eyes, starting on the forehead and mostly extending down and besides the nose.
Bicoloured and Tricoloured cats often have a blaze.

7

Blotched (classical tabby)

Denotes a specific tabby pattern.
The marking of a butterfly on the shoulder blades and the "bull's eye" on the flancs are characteristic for this pattern.

8

Bobtail

Certain cat breeds are called Bobtail, whose tail is extremely shortened and mostly has curves and/or kinks, due to a natural gene mutation. In some cat breeds the tail looks like a pompom.

Examples having a pompom:
Japanese Bobtail
Karelian Bobtail
Kurilian Bobtail

Examples without a pompom:
American Bobtail
Mekong Bobtail

9

Break

A very strong indentation between the forehead and the begin (base) of the nose, which is, compared to the Stop, not rounded.

10

Brindling

These are single white or lighter coloured hairs interspersed in otherwise solid coloured areas of the coat.
For example in the dark mask of a seal Siamese, or lighter coloured hairs in a black tabby pattern.

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