Often considered as an “Alley Cat” or “Dumpster Cat” the Tabby Cat has endured both love and hate in the United States. Television and comic strips have run countless series of entertainment at the expense of the beautifully comical Tabby Cat.
Tabby is a color pattern brought on by genetics, not a breed as many cat owners may have believed. Most Tabby Cats have stripes, but sometimes stripes and whorls, or even spots and stripes. The tabby pattern is so popular that it can be found in numerous cat breeds and is accepted by the most popular registries.
The gene for tabby pattern can be found in all domestic cats, as many American Shorthair cats demonstrate. The most common is the stripped pattern (Mackerel) and is regarded by many cat owners as “Classic”. Stripped Tabby Cats have striped rings around their tail and legs, a “necklace” of stripes on the front of their chests, and bands of solid or broken stripes running down the sides of their bodies. Good specimens of spotted tabbies are the American Bobtail and the Ocicat, with the Bobcat being the prime example.
The Tabby Cat has long been the classic house cat that most cat lovers have always been enamored by. Regardless of the preference in breeds, it hard to find a cat lover that has never embraced the traditional Tabby Cat.
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