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Tortie or Calico??

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi, I hope I'm in the right forum section... Can anyone tell me if my Boo cat is a calico or a tortoiseshell?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...0516BooBoo.jpg
..more pics at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ets/Boo%20cat/
Thankyou!
post #2 of 21
I think most people would call her calico. And a very pretty girl!
post #3 of 21
a calico i think
post #4 of 21
Torties have no large patches of white, so she's a calico.
post #5 of 21
The color naming depends on the cat registry you go with and the country you are in but generally speaking in the US we'd call her a calico as she has white markings on her.

Strictly speaking torbies are red and brown patched with stripes (or red and silver with stripes) and torties are the solid (non-agouti, ie no stripes) version. It can be confusing as the red almost always has stripes to it but that's because of the way the hair shaft in non-agouti red works.

Dawn
post #6 of 21
I have heard that coloring referred to as "tortico."
post #7 of 21
She's very cute! HAHAHA I was looking in the Photobucket pics and couldn't figure out WHAT ANIMAL was on her head LOL.
post #8 of 21
I would call her tortie and white as her color is brindled and not patched
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pendraig View Post
The color naming depends on the cat registry you go with and the country you are in
Exactly, here she would be a Tortie and White
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by missymotus View Post
Exactly, here she would be a Tortie and White
Same thing over here.
post #11 of 21
She is gorgeous!!!

I always heard true calicoes had all white on their bellies and legs and most of the patches are on their backs and heads, so I would go with tortico (cute, I've never heard that before) or tortie and white. Little One (in my siggy) I think of as a true tortie.

Whatever she is, she is a beautiful girl!
post #12 of 21
I would say tortie with white. Most calicoes I have seen have more white.
post #13 of 21
Here she would definitely be tortie and white. Calicos are much more patches of colour.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi, thankyou all so much for your replies! It seems by the variety of answers that there's no easy definitive one, so I guess I'll just call her tortico then as it seems a more open term than tortoiseshell or calico. Boo & I are much obliged to you all.
post #15 of 21
I would say calico based on her white-ness, but thats someone from the US talking
post #16 of 21
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so I guess I'll just call her tortico
Except that's not a real colour term
post #17 of 21
I think you should just call her "Gorgeous".
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi, I know it's been a long time since I posted this, but for anyone interested in future I just found this today which explains it better than anything I found when I made the post -

The difference between a calico and a tortoiseshell is this:

With a calico, there is a significant amount of white, and the two colors are broken up into distinct patches. This has to do with the interaction of white spotting.

With a tortoiseshell, the three colors are blended and don't form distinct patches. A tortoiseshell may have significant portions of white as well, but the remaining colors are blended (this particular pattern is called a tortoiseshell and white).

A torbie, or patched tabby, is a tortoiseshell where the tabby pattern is very distinct all over the cat. A calico or tortoiseshell may have distinct tabby pattern on the red or cream patches (has to do with another gene we won't get into at this juncture), but no patterning on the other color. This isn't a torbie. A torbie is clearly patterned all over the cat -- though never on the white. http://fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tricolors.shtml (What is the difference between a Calico and a Tortoiseshell? And what in heck is a Torbie?)

post #19 of 21

She looks so much like my cagney!heartpump.gif

Check out my gallery.

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by missymotus View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pendraig View Post
The color naming depends on the cat registry you go with and the country you are in
Exactly, here she would be a Tortie and White

 

Same in the UK.  Torties are mingled red & black, tortie & white have white and the red & black tends to develop in larger patches as in the cat in the photo.

post #21 of 21

It really depends who you ask. laughing02.gif For example in some cat associations, calico is not a recognized color so any tri-colored cat is either tortie or torbie (or sometimes torbie is called "patched tabby" in some associations)... So in some places, your cat may be called a tortie no matter what their markings look like, if they have white they would be called tortie and white. For example in TICA, if I remember right they do not use the term calico.

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