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Tabbies

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All Tabby patterns have been produced at one time or another within the Asian breed. The Classic, Mackerel and Spotted patterns derive mainly from Chinchilla ancestry, and the Ticked pattern from the Burmese breed. The order of dominance of the patterns (most dominant to least) is: Ticked, Spotted, Mackerel and Classic. It seems to be the case that the Spotted pattern is not due to a single gene, but is actually a variation of expression of either the Classic or Mackerel patterns. By far the highest proportion of Asian Tabbies are of the Ticked pattern, for the simple reason that virtually all Burmese cats in the UK are homozygous for this pattern. It is an interesting challenge for Asian breeders to maintain tabby patterns other than Ticked, but some progress is being made, especially with the Spotted pattern, and more recently some very good examples of Classic Tabbies have made an appearance - albeit rather unexpectedly! The Mackerel pattern is proving rather elusive, as is the case in some other breeds. e.g. the Oriental Shorthair.

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