Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Do you guys allow red (sex-linked) orientals in the aby gene pool. I'm still trying to figure out how the other color genes got in there - has to be an outcross somewhere.
A potted history of the UK Aby -
Silver was bred out of Abys in the UK in the early 1900s - as FerrisCat quite rightly notes this was due to the trouble it caused in breeding clear colours, it often resulted in usuals with poor rufousing and silvers with tarnish - but was reintroduced in the '60s by one outcross to a silver spotted BSH called Culverden Mercury.
Chocolate was introduced in the '70s by one outcross to a chocolate point Siamese.
I have also heard of outcrossing to Burmese/Asian, domestic cats, and to an 'imported African wildcat' (this was many decades ago now!), and while kittens without ticking were usually not used for breeding, there was a solid black Aby that was quite prolific in the 1930s.
The GCCF only got their act together in 1978 and enforced recorded pedigrees for the breed, before that breeders could take a cat off the street and if it looked like an Aby they could register it as such and use it for breeding.
Add to all the above that the UK Aby was all but wiped out in the '70s by rapid spread of FeLV between the few Aby catteries that existed (does anyone else have their head in their hands at this point?) so in the aftermath outcrossing would have been rife I'm sure - it's more of a wonder that we have Abys at all in the UK, and not difficult to see why for many decades UK Abys have been popping out kittens in the whole range of colours. It's only recently that red-series and tortie have been considered for full Championship status by the GCCF, they aren't there yet - but they have been in existence and been bred by a handful of breeders for ages, so there was no need for a more recent outcross to introduce sex linked red.A table of UK Aby colours