All patterns must be clear, pure, distinct and equal on both sides of the body. All patterns display a light patch (thumbprint) on the ears.
In the patterns blotched, mackerel, spotted and marbled the following is in common:
A „M“ on the forehead, two to three spirals on the cheeks. The chest is banded with two stripes like a necklace, which may not be broken. The legs are regularly barred, and the tail is evenly ringed. A double row of dark
spots runs down from the chest to the belly.
Butterfly-like markings on the shoulders.
The pattern on the back is constituted by a vertical line in the colour
of the pattern running from the shoulders to the tip of the tail (ale line).
On each side runs a coloured line in parallel clearly separated to the ground colour.
On both sides of the body there is a clear encircled pattern.
Numerous narrow lines clearly separated to the ground colour run vertically
from the spine to the belly.
An unbroken line runs from the head over the back to the tip of the tail (ale line).
The body and the legs are covered by numerous round or oval spots, which are clearly separated from each other and do not melt; the more numerous the spots are the better; they may show any shade of colour harmonizing to the ground colour.
The shape of the spots to be uniform in each cat.
In some breeds the spots may be broken, so called rosettes;
they display a lighter center with a darker edge.
A slight spine line is permitted.
Each single hair is ticked with the corresponding colour of the pattern, i.e. each hair has three to five bands, the tip of the hair is fully coloured.
In some breeds the front and hind legs may have fine, distinct bars; on the chest may be one
or two broken or unbroken rings; in other breeds bars on the legs and rings on the chest
are not permitted (see the appropriate description in the standard).
The face and the forehead have tabby markings; the plantar face of the paws and the tip of the tail are coloured with the colour of the pattern.
This type of pattern differs from the blotched pattern by having different outlining in the pattern; they are broken and display light centers with dark edges. The cat appears to be marbled.
A- can be: AA or Aa
Mc- can be: McMc or Mcmc
A- must be present that the tabby pattern is visible.
In non-agouti cats you do not see the tabby pattern, you may see the pattern, when the cats are babies.
Non-agouti (aa) suppresses the tabby pattern.
Ta- can be: TaTa or Tata
Please note that the gene Ta and the gene responsible for the tabby pattern are located
at different loci.
For example, think at the Ocicat, where the tabby pattern and the base colour are ticked:
A- Sp- Ta-
Sp- can be: SpSp or Spsp