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The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
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The Calico cats are domestic cats with a spotted or particolored coat that is predominantly white, with patches of two other colors (often, the two other colors are orange tabby and black). Outside North America, the pattern is more usually called tortoiseshell-and-white. In the province of Quebec, Canada, they are sometimes called chatte d'Espagne. Other names include brindle, tricolor cat, tobi mi-ke and lapjeskat, calicoes with diluted coloration have been called calimanco or clouded tiger. Occasionally, the tri-color calico coloration is combined with a tabby patterning. This calico patched tabby is called a caliby.
A Calico Cat's Behavior


The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
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A calico cat's behavior is gauged more by the consensus of pet owners than by any scientifically documented study. Many cat breeds are distinguished by certain overall behavior patterns, but it is important to remember that calico cats are not a breed of cat. The term "calico" refers to a cat color type and not a breed. Hence, your cat's personality is likely more determined by its breed pedigree and the tides of fate. Still, many pet owners and breeders have reported that the behavior of calico cats differs from other colors and breeds.




The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
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There have been longstanding rumors within the world of cat breeding that tortie or tortoiseshell cats possess a certain personality type that differs from that of cats with a solid color, regardless of the breed. Tortie cats are said to be more fiery, strong-willed and altogether more temperamental than cats of the other colors and color combinations within a breed. This isn't necessarily an observation founded by veterinarian-documented research, but many people who have bred the tortoiseshell color within a breed have observed this difference in personality.




The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
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The calico cat is similar to the tortie cat in that its coat features three colors. Whereas the tortie cat features a mix of these three colors blended together in a mottled swirling pattern, the calico cat boasts more of a color-blocking scheme. Colors appear in bold blocks and spots, side by side. Again, it is important to remember that calico cats are not a breed of their own. They are simply a color combination that can appear within many breeds just like tortoiseshell coats.





An interesting aspect regarding the tortie and calico patterns is that these color combinations almost always occur within females. A male calico is a rare find, but it is still possible. The fact that most calicos are female is not necessarily a huge factor in a cat's personality. Even within the realm of female cats, personality characteristics are vastly varied.


The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
in photographs - Image N#4
A calico cat's behavior is rumored to be similar to the behavior of the tortie in that these animals have more "attitude". Some pet owners affectionately refer to these behavior characteristics as "cattitude". All puns aside, many people who are thinking of purchasing a kitten will keep these rumors in mind when selecting between calicos and other colors.








What to Expect
If the rumors regarding the disposition of calico cats are true, purchasing a calico cat will make life more interesting. Laidback, mellow-type pets can be loyal and comforting, but a cat with an attitude will spice up your existence. Finicky cats may possess an array of quirks and idiosyncrasies that are both fun to discover and observe. The calico cat is rumored to be of the more quirky and neurotic nature which can mean that bath times will be the equivalent of nuclear warfare, and you'll likely spend the next ten years unveiling your cat's strange play habits. Regardless, this does not mean you will have an inadequate pet!

The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
 in photographs - Image N#5
Cats with an attitude can be all the more lovable because their peculiar behaviors give you endless stories to discuss with your fellow pet owners. Pet forums are simply teeming with tortie tales and calico catastrophes. Coworkers likely won't care about the average cat's nap schedule, but if your calico will only nap upon the remote control for your ceiling fan, that will provide you with at least two minutes of dialogue during your next lunch break.





The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
 in photographs - Image N#6
Also, don't be disappointed if your calico kitten turns out to be distressingly normal and not the psychological terra incognita that you've been led to expect. Every cat is an individual. Most cats possess at least one adorable little characteristic that leaves you chuckling from time to time. There are no official studies regarding the behavior of calico cats. However, if breeder rumors hold any truth, you may increase your chances of having a fiery, furry companion by choosing a calico over a solid color.





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The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
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The Calico cats are domestic cats with a spotted or particolored coat that is predominantly white, with patches of two other colors (often, the two other colors are orange tabby and black). Outside North America, the pattern is more usually called tortoiseshell-and-white. In the province of Quebec, Canada, they are sometimes called chatte d'Espagne. Other names include brindle, tricolor cat, tobi mi-ke and lapjeskat, calicoes with diluted coloration have been called calimanco or clouded tiger. Occasionally, the tri-color calico coloration is combined with a tabby patterning. This calico patched tabby is called a caliby.
A Calico Cat's Behavior


The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
 in photographs - Image N#2
A calico cat's behavior is gauged more by the consensus of pet owners than by any scientifically documented study. Many cat breeds are distinguished by certain overall behavior patterns, but it is important to remember that calico cats are not a breed of cat. The term "calico" refers to a cat color type and not a breed. Hence, your cat's personality is likely more determined by its breed pedigree and the tides of fate. Still, many pet owners and breeders have reported that the behavior of calico cats differs from other colors and breeds.




The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
 in photographs - Image N#2
There have been longstanding rumors within the world of cat breeding that tortie or tortoiseshell cats possess a certain personality type that differs from that of cats with a solid color, regardless of the breed. Tortie cats are said to be more fiery, strong-willed and altogether more temperamental than cats of the other colors and color combinations within a breed. This isn't necessarily an observation founded by veterinarian-documented research, but many people who have bred the tortoiseshell color within a breed have observed this difference in personality.




The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
in photographs - Image N#3
The calico cat is similar to the tortie cat in that its coat features three colors. Whereas the tortie cat features a mix of these three colors blended together in a mottled swirling pattern, the calico cat boasts more of a color-blocking scheme. Colors appear in bold blocks and spots, side by side. Again, it is important to remember that calico cats are not a breed of their own. They are simply a color combination that can appear within many breeds just like tortoiseshell coats.





An interesting aspect regarding the tortie and calico patterns is that these color combinations almost always occur within females. A male calico is a rare find, but it is still possible. The fact that most calicos are female is not necessarily a huge factor in a cat's personality. Even within the realm of female cats, personality characteristics are vastly varied.


The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
in photographs - Image N#4
A calico cat's behavior is rumored to be similar to the behavior of the tortie in that these animals have more "attitude". Some pet owners affectionately refer to these behavior characteristics as "cattitude". All puns aside, many people who are thinking of purchasing a kitten will keep these rumors in mind when selecting between calicos and other colors.








What to Expect
If the rumors regarding the disposition of calico cats are true, purchasing a calico cat will make life more interesting. Laidback, mellow-type pets can be loyal and comforting, but a cat with an attitude will spice up your existence. Finicky cats may possess an array of quirks and idiosyncrasies that are both fun to discover and observe. The calico cat is rumored to be of the more quirky and neurotic nature which can mean that bath times will be the equivalent of nuclear warfare, and you'll likely spend the next ten years unveiling your cat's strange play habits. Regardless, this does not mean you will have an inadequate pet!

The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
 in photographs - Image N#5
Cats with an attitude can be all the more lovable because their peculiar behaviors give you endless stories to discuss with your fellow pet owners. Pet forums are simply teeming with tortie tales and calico catastrophes. Coworkers likely won't care about the average cat's nap schedule, but if your calico will only nap upon the remote control for your ceiling fan, that will provide you with at least two minutes of dialogue during your next lunch break.





The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds in photographs
The Amazing Calico Cat - Cat Breeds
 in photographs - Image N#6
Also, don't be disappointed if your calico kitten turns out to be distressingly normal and not the psychological terra incognita that you've been led to expect. Every cat is an individual. Most cats possess at least one adorable little characteristic that leaves you chuckling from time to time. There are no official studies regarding the behavior of calico cats. However, if breeder rumors hold any truth, you may increase your chances of having a fiery, furry companion by choosing a calico over a solid color.





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Animals, Sepia Portraits of Big Cats...

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The Savannah is a hybrid cat breed. It is a cross between a serval and a domestic cat.

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A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and the serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. The unusual cross became popular among breeders at the end of the 1990s, and in 2001 the International Cat Association accepted it as a new registered breed. In May 2012, TICA accepted it as a championship breed.

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Animal Planet, The elegant savannah 
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A Bengal breeder, Judee Frank, crossbred a male serval, belonging to Suzi Woods, with a Siamese (domestic cat) to produce the first Savannah cat (named Savannah) on April 7, 1986. In 1996, Patrick Kelley and Joyce Sroufe wrote the original version of the Savannah breed standard and presented it to the board of The International Cat Association. In 2001, the board accepted the breed for registration.


The Savannahs' tall and slim build gives them the appearance of greater size than their actual weight. Size is very dependent on generation and sex, with F1 hybrid male cats usually being the largest.

F1 and F2 generations are usually the largest, due to the stronger genetic influence of the African serval ancestor. As with other hybrid cats such as the Chausie and Bengal cat, Most first generation cats will possess many or all of the serval's exotic looking traits, while these traits often diminish in later generations. Male Savannahs tend to be larger than females.

Early-generation Savannahs can weigh 14-25 pounds (6.3-11.3 kg), with the most weight usually attributed to the F1 or F2 neutered males due to genetics. Later-generation Savannahs are usually between 7 and 15 lbs (6.8 kg). Because of the random factors in Savannah genetics, size can vary significantly, even in one litter.

The coat of a Savannah should have a spotted pattern, the only pattern accepted by the TICA breed standard. The spotted pattern is the only accepted pattern because it is the only pattern found on the African Serval Cat. Non-standard patterns & colors include: Rosetted, marble, snow color (point), blue color, cinnamon color, chocolate color, lilac (lavender) and other diluted colors derived from domestic sources of cat coat genetics. These nonstandard colors should be placed as pets only to be culled out of the gene pool.

In order to achieve a spotted pattern early in the breed's development other spotted breeds such as the Bengal and Egyptian Mau were used. The International Cat Association (TICA) breed standard calls for brown-spotted tabby (cool to warm brown, tan or gold with black or dark brown spots), silver-spotted tabby (silver coat with black or dark grey spots), black (black with black spots), and black smoke (black-tipped silver with black spots) only.

Domestic out-crosses from the early days in the 1990s have greatly impacted the breed's development in both desired and non-desired traits. As of 2012 most breeders perform Savannah to Savannah pairings; using out-crosses is considered less than desired. The domestic out-crosses for the Savannah breed that are permissible in TICA are the Egyptian Mau, the Ocicat, the Oriental Shorthair, and the Domestic Shorthair.

Outcrosses that are "impermissible" according to the TICA breed standard breeds include the Bengal and Maine Coon cats. These impermissible breeds can bring many unwanted genetic influences. Outcrosses are very rarely used as of 2012, as many fertile savannah males are available for studs. Breeders prefer to use a Savannah with the serval to produce F1s, rather than a non-Savannah breed in order to maintain as much breed type as possible.

A Savannah's exotic look is often due to the presence of many distinguishing serval characteristics. Most prominent of these include the various color markings; tall, deeply cupped, wide, rounded, erect ears; very long legs; fat, puffy noses, and hooded eyes. The bodies of Savannahs are long and leggy; when a Savannah is standing, its hind-end is often higher than its prominent shoulders. The small head is taller than wide, and it has a long, slender neck. The backs of the ears have ocelli, a central light band bordered by black, dark grey or brown, giving an eye-like effect. The short tail has black rings, with a solid black tip. The eyes are blue as a kitten (as in other cats), and may be green, brown, gold or a blended shade as an adult. The eyes have a "boomerang" shape, with a hooded brow to protect them from harsh sunlight. Ideally, black or dark "tear-streak" or "cheetah tear" markings run from the corner of the eyes down the sides of the nose to the whiskers, much like that of a cheetah.


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The Savannah is a hybrid cat breed. It is a cross between a serval and a domestic cat.

Animal Planet, The elegant savannah cats
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A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and the serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. The unusual cross became popular among breeders at the end of the 1990s, and in 2001 the International Cat Association accepted it as a new registered breed. In May 2012, TICA accepted it as a championship breed.

Animals Planet, The elegant savannah cats
Animal Planet, The elegant savannah 
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A Bengal breeder, Judee Frank, crossbred a male serval, belonging to Suzi Woods, with a Siamese (domestic cat) to produce the first Savannah cat (named Savannah) on April 7, 1986. In 1996, Patrick Kelley and Joyce Sroufe wrote the original version of the Savannah breed standard and presented it to the board of The International Cat Association. In 2001, the board accepted the breed for registration.


The Savannahs' tall and slim build gives them the appearance of greater size than their actual weight. Size is very dependent on generation and sex, with F1 hybrid male cats usually being the largest.

F1 and F2 generations are usually the largest, due to the stronger genetic influence of the African serval ancestor. As with other hybrid cats such as the Chausie and Bengal cat, Most first generation cats will possess many or all of the serval's exotic looking traits, while these traits often diminish in later generations. Male Savannahs tend to be larger than females.

Early-generation Savannahs can weigh 14-25 pounds (6.3-11.3 kg), with the most weight usually attributed to the F1 or F2 neutered males due to genetics. Later-generation Savannahs are usually between 7 and 15 lbs (6.8 kg). Because of the random factors in Savannah genetics, size can vary significantly, even in one litter.

The coat of a Savannah should have a spotted pattern, the only pattern accepted by the TICA breed standard. The spotted pattern is the only accepted pattern because it is the only pattern found on the African Serval Cat. Non-standard patterns & colors include: Rosetted, marble, snow color (point), blue color, cinnamon color, chocolate color, lilac (lavender) and other diluted colors derived from domestic sources of cat coat genetics. These nonstandard colors should be placed as pets only to be culled out of the gene pool.

In order to achieve a spotted pattern early in the breed's development other spotted breeds such as the Bengal and Egyptian Mau were used. The International Cat Association (TICA) breed standard calls for brown-spotted tabby (cool to warm brown, tan or gold with black or dark brown spots), silver-spotted tabby (silver coat with black or dark grey spots), black (black with black spots), and black smoke (black-tipped silver with black spots) only.

Domestic out-crosses from the early days in the 1990s have greatly impacted the breed's development in both desired and non-desired traits. As of 2012 most breeders perform Savannah to Savannah pairings; using out-crosses is considered less than desired. The domestic out-crosses for the Savannah breed that are permissible in TICA are the Egyptian Mau, the Ocicat, the Oriental Shorthair, and the Domestic Shorthair.

Outcrosses that are "impermissible" according to the TICA breed standard breeds include the Bengal and Maine Coon cats. These impermissible breeds can bring many unwanted genetic influences. Outcrosses are very rarely used as of 2012, as many fertile savannah males are available for studs. Breeders prefer to use a Savannah with the serval to produce F1s, rather than a non-Savannah breed in order to maintain as much breed type as possible.

A Savannah's exotic look is often due to the presence of many distinguishing serval characteristics. Most prominent of these include the various color markings; tall, deeply cupped, wide, rounded, erect ears; very long legs; fat, puffy noses, and hooded eyes. The bodies of Savannahs are long and leggy; when a Savannah is standing, its hind-end is often higher than its prominent shoulders. The small head is taller than wide, and it has a long, slender neck. The backs of the ears have ocelli, a central light band bordered by black, dark grey or brown, giving an eye-like effect. The short tail has black rings, with a solid black tip. The eyes are blue as a kitten (as in other cats), and may be green, brown, gold or a blended shade as an adult. The eyes have a "boomerang" shape, with a hooded brow to protect them from harsh sunlight. Ideally, black or dark "tear-streak" or "cheetah tear" markings run from the corner of the eyes down the sides of the nose to the whiskers, much like that of a cheetah.


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