The Tabby British Shorthair

Classic Tabby Pattern

All markings to be clearly defined and dense. On the forehead there should be a letter 'M' giving the impression of a frown. There should be an unbroken stripe running back from the outer corner of the eye and narrow lines on the cheeks. On the neck and upper chest there should be unbroken necklaces, the more the better. The edges of the ears to be the same colour as the markings with a central patch of ground colour resembling a thumb-print.

A series of lines runs from above the 'M' marking, over the top of the head and extends to the shoulder markings. The shoulder markings form the outline of a butterfly, when viewed from above. Both upper and lower 'wings' should be clearly defined with the central areas broken by small areas of ground colour. On the back there should be an unbroken line running down the spine from the butterfly to the tail, and there should be a stripe on either side of this, running parallel to it. These stripes should be separated from each other by stripes of ground colour. On each flank there should be an 'oyster-shaped' patch which should be surrounded by one or more unbroken rings.

The tail should have complete rings, as numerous as possible, with the tip of the tail being the same colour as the markings. The legs should be barred evenly with bracelets from the body markings to the toes which are spotted. Markings on the hind legs extend (when adult) from the soles of the feet, up the back of the leg, to the hock. The abdominal region should also be spotted. Ground colour and markings should be evenly balanced and both sides of the cat should have identical markings.


Mackerel Tabby Pattern

The Mackerel Tabby Pattern differs from the Classic Tabby Pattern only in the body markings. There should be a narrow unbroken central spine line, on either side of which is a broken spine line from which the narrow lines which form the Mackerel Pattern run vertically down the body; these lines should be as narrow and numerous as possible. The tail rings, which should be as narrow and numerous as possible, may be complete or broken with the tip of the tail being the same colour as the markings.

Coat Colour


Markings - Markings of the appropriate colour to be clearly defined and dense in colour, without brindling, affording a good contrast with the ground colour. The colour should reach as near the roots as possible especially in the standard colours, in the 'silver' breeds the roots of the hairs will tend to be silvered. Ground Colour - Even, a silvery colour in those breeds with the silver gene. Eye Colour - In all colours (other than Black Silver Tabby): copper, orange or deep gold, with no trace of green. Black Silver Tabby: green or hazel.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes In Kitten Open Classes for:

  • Incorrect or brindled markings
  • White anywhere
  • Incorrect eye colour or rims or flecks of contrasting colour (in adults)
  • All other withholding faults as in the BSH General Type Standard. Faults:
  • Brindled or uneven ground colour or markings
  • All other faults as in the BSH General Type Standard.

Spotted British Shorthair


The Spotted cat has the same head pattern as the Classic and Mackerel Tabbies. The pattern on the body and legs should consist of numerous, well defined, oval, round or rosette-shaped spots which follow the tabby pattern in distribution. The tail should have numerous narrow rings or spots, the tip of the tail being the same colour as the markings.

Coat Colour


Markings - Markings of the appropriate colour affording a good contrast with the ground colour. The colour should reach as near the roots as possible especially in the standard colours, in the 'silver' breeds the roots of the hairs will tend to be silvered.
Ground Colour - Even, a silvery colour in those breeds with the silver gene.
Eye Colour - In all colours (other than Black Silver Spotted); copper, orange or deep gold, with no trace of green. Black Silver Spotted; green or hazel.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:
Serious pattern faults

  • White anywhere
  • Incorrect eye colour or rims or flecks of contrasting colour (in adults)
  • All other withholding faults as in the BSH General Type Standard.

Faults:

  • Solid spine lines
  • Linked spots and bars
  • Brindled or uneven ground colour
  • All other faults as in the BSH General Type Standard.
  • For the colour descriptions see the equivalent Tabby standard.
  • The same colour varieties are recognised in the Spotted cat as in the Classic Tabby