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Temperaments vary greatly among the Tabby. In general, they are well tame so they are easy to get along with, playful and fun.
The name “tabby cat” evokes many different things to different people. For some, the old phrase “alley cat” may come to mind: the rough-coated, scarred-nosed, tattooed-eared cat that prowls alleyways and dumpsters. Others will think of their favourite cats.
Tabby cats are so ubiquitous that many people think of them as a breed. Not so; tabby is a colour pattern, almost always in stripes, but sometimes in stripes and swirls or even spots and stripes. The tabby pattern is so popular that it can be found in many pedigree cats today and is accepted in many breeds by the most popular registries.
Although there are many variations of each, the tabby pattern is divided into four basic classes. A fifth includes the tabby as part of another basic colour pattern, for example, the “patched” tabby, which may be a calico or tortoiseshell cat with tabby patches (the latter is called “torbie”). Some pointed breeds also allow “tabby points” within their colour standards. It is not surprising that the tabby cat is ubiquitous. The tabby pattern gene is found in all domestic cats. Look at a “coal black” cat in the sun one day and see if you can find the hidden tabby markings.
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