Dutchess – Female Tuxedo Bicolor

By Pammy
In Adopted
Dec 7th, 2013

DutchessCONGRATULATIONS TO DUTCHESS who found her forever home at Petco in Goodyear last Sunday. Dutchess is a 18-month-old, female tuxedo.

This long-haired beauty was found as a stray.

Dutchess is good with dogs and kids. She is litter box trained.

If you’d like to know more about Dutchess, contact Pammy’s Second Chance Rescue using the form below.

Bicoloration in cats is graded from 1-10 with 1 being completely black and 10 being completely white. There are also several patterns with their own names. The cat labelled “bicolor” is the preferred pattern in show-quality bicolor purebred cats.

A low-grade spotting black-and-white bicolor cat is often known as a “tuxedo cat” or a “Billicat”. To be considered a tuxedo cat, its black coloring should be solid throughout, with white limited to the paws, belly, chest, throat, face, and possibly the chin: it should appear as if the cat were wearing a tuxedo.

Another type of black-and-white bicolor cat is nicknamed “cow cat” or “moo cat” (for a perceived resemblance to Seychellois Neuvieme – white with colored tail and head splashes (classic Van Pattern) Holstein cattle) and includes the magpie, cap-and-saddle and mask-and-mantle patterns. A cow cat does not have the solid black “jacket” of the tuxedo cat. Instead, it has big black patches over a mostly white body, often with a black mask over the head. “Black Mask Cats” are so called because they look like they are wearing a black mask over their head. The Turkish Van (white and red) is one good example of a bicolor breed. Van pattern is known to animal geneticists as the Seychelles (Seychellois) Pattern and is classified into 3 variants.


Seychellois Neuvieme – white with colored tail and head splashes (classic Van Pattern)

Seychellois Huitieme – white with colored tail and head splashes plus additional splashes of color on the legs

Seychellois Septieme – white with splashes of color on the legs and body in addition to those on the head and the colored tail.

These are high grade white spotting of types 9, 8 and 7 on the bicolor chart.


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