The Tabby Exotic Standard

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. An unbroken stripe should run back from the outer corner of the eye; narrow lines on the cheeks. The neck and upper chest to have 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 should run from above the 'M' marking over the top of the head and extend to the shoulder markings. The shoulder markings form the outline of a butterfly, when viewed from above. Both upper and lower 'wings' to be clearly defined with the central areas broken by small areas of ground colour. On the back an unbroken line should run down the spine from the butterfly to the tail, with a stripe on either side of this and 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 surrounded by one or more unbroken rings.
The tail to have complete rings, as numerous as possible, with the tip of the tail being the same colour as the markings. The legs to be barred evenly with bracelets from the body markings to the toes which are spotted. The abdominal regions should also be spotted. Ground colour and markings to 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 to 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.

Spotted Tabby Pattern

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.
Eye colour in all patterns - In all colours (other than Black Silver Tabby): copper, orange or deep gold. Black Silver Tabby: green, hazel, copper or orange, with green preferred.