Originally Posted by aar-n-jay
[/font][font=Book Antiqua][size=5][color=Sienna]Hi all. I am new here but I already like this site! Just hoping to get educated a little here. While my kittens are still a bit young to be absolutely certain, I am pretty sure ( 99% sure) that I have ended up with a beautiful male Calico kitten!! Now a friend of mine has told me what some of his acqaintances have told him as far as what it is worth. I'm hoping that you folks can help me out here and give me a rough ball park sort of idea as to what this kitten would be worth. Any advise you can give would be greatly appreciated, THANX.
Hopefully this will answer your question:
So male Tricolors are rare. Can I sell one for big bucks?
Only to the gullible. They are not considered desirable in purebred breeding programs, as in some associations they cannot be shown or be used in breeding programs. They won't breed more male tricolors. There is not a significant market for them. Best just to neuter him and keep him as a beloved pet, or find him a good home.http://www.fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tri...shtml#bigbucks
OK, So what do you mean by a true Tricolor?
Many cats appear to have three colors, but are not true tricolors.
A true tricolor must have one of its colors derived from the red gene -- either red (orange) or cream (kind of a light, orangy beige, not unlike the color many people call "ginger"). If it does not have one of these two colors, it is not a true tricolor. The second color must be white, and the third color must be black, blue (a blue-gray), chocolate, lilac (a pale rose-beige), cinnamon, or fawn (a pale buff color). Black and blue are by far the most common.
Some cats may appear to have three colors, but in fact may only have two. There is a designation called "bicolor" where the cat has a significant portion of white fur, but the rest of the cat is either a solid color such as black, blue, red, or a patterned color such as brown tabby, silver tabby (what many people call "tiger"), blue tabby, etc.
A white cat with patches of tiger stripe might appear to have three colors -- white, black, and gray -- but because one of the three colors is not red or cream, it is not a true tricolor. It's defined (colorwise) as a tabby and white. A white cat with red or cream tabby patches is not a true tricolor either; only one of the colors may be red or cream in a true tricolor.
In some rare cases, a Siamese-type pointed cat may appear to be a tricolor because of white patches on its body. These cats are mixed-breed, as significant white spotting is not found in the Siamese breed (although some small bits like a little white spot on the toes is found; this is considered a disqualification for showing). In this case, the cat is not a true tricolor either -- it's a seal point and white, or a blue point and white, or a chocolate point and white. The only exception to this is found in breeds such as the Himalayan, Colorpoint Shorthair and Javanese, which allows the points themselves to be tricolored (what are called "tortie points"). But that's a whole other story. On a pointed cat, if the points themselves do not include three colors -- white, red or cream, and one other color -- it is not a true tricolor.
Is it true that only females can be true Tricolors?
Yes, for the most part -- and very rarely, no. About one in 3,000 tricolored cats are males, although only 1 in 10,000 of these males is fertile. There's a reason for this.