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Blue tabbies

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I know this isn't a breed. I would love to see a pic of a blue tabby, and I googled earlier for it, and I got loads of descriptions, but the only pics were blue tabby point Siamese. Does anyone have any pics?
post #2 of 18
Here are some examples:








post #3 of 18
I searched too - blue tabby american sh. Blue tabbies are a hard color to photograph well - it comes out looking more like a silver tabby or brown tabby rather then a blue. When I have time, I'll try to come up with a good picture of one.
post #4 of 18
Would my two be considered blue?

post #5 of 18
dmcwlvssr- no they wouldn't be considered Blue Tabbies, they look like Lynx Tabbies.
post #6 of 18
Well, I've got a blue tabby crawling all over my lap right now . Here's a couple pics of Mithril




who is described as a blue tabby. Part of the difference apparently lies in the color of the nose leather and paw pads.

These definitions are directly from the standard for Maine Coons for CFA, I haven't looked to see if the color descriptions for other breeds might be different:

SILVER TABBY (classic, mackerel, patched): ground color pale, clear silver. Markings dense black. White trim around lip and chin allowed. Nose leather: brick red desirable. Paw pads: black desirable.

BLUE TABBY (classic, mackerel, patched): ground color pale bluish Ivory. Markings a very deep blue affording a good contrast with ground color. Warm fawn overtones or patina over the whole. White trim around lip and chin allowed. Nose leather: old rose desirable. Paw pads: rose desirable.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
He is stunning!! Look at the size of those feet!! His colourings do look different from the silver tabbies I have seen, whether I would have guessed he was a blue tabby is a different matter!! Another colour to add to my wish list - I already want a silver tabby, but unless one appears in a rescue when I am in a position to adopt, I won't get one.
post #8 of 18
Nice pictures - lovely pale colors. That was the shade of blue my "color changing kittens" were when they were born; then they changed to having seal points and now are black/white with barely any point contrast! Still have not figured that one out!

Anyway the one that asked about her 2 cats - the one on the right looks like it could be blue tabby but the other is more of a tortie pointed type.
post #9 of 18
OMG those Kittens are so cute!! Is Blue Tabby an actual breed? I've been trying to figure out what kind of cat my stray kitten is,or at least what breeds she has in her, does anyone know of any way for me to find out? She is a really light gray that I've always pictured with Russian blue, but she also has tabby markings that are really light. Her hair is a little long, but mostly it is just Really thick. She has a creamy yellow underbelly and is one of the most gorgeous cat's I've ever seen, when I can find her. She looks alot like the first example of that blue tabby kitten at the top, except, since she's mine i personally think she is the most gorgeous cat in the world. She is about the same age as that kitten too. Any Ideas?
post #10 of 18
That`s a first for me...I`ve never seen a cat that I`s call a "blue" anything. Guess ya learn something new everyday!
post #11 of 18
Blue tabby is not a breed, it is a color/pattern (blue is the color, tabby is the pattern).
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
That`s a first for me...I`ve never seen a cat that I`s call a "blue" anything. Guess ya learn something new everyday!
Our little Mika is a "blue-point" Siamese!
post #13 of 18
What about Blue Russians? They are also called blue. I found out what they were from Cats and Dogs
post #14 of 18
Russian Blues are indeed a breed. I doubt that your little kitty is any specific breed, or even has a particular breed in her ancestry. All cat traits can be found throughout the domestic cat population. Breeds just have certain traits singled out.

The blue color is actually a dilute black, so its a dark grey color. I love little Mika! Someday, I'm getting myself a little blue point Birman girl. That's what I was supposed to buy, and somehow I ended up with my two boys instead!
post #15 of 18
Russian Blue is a breed. They only come in one color - blue. People often call blue cats grey, but the inside terminology is blue, probably because the grey tends to go more towards cold (steel) than warm nuances. Blue is diluted black and to get a blue/grey cat both parents must carry the gene for dilution.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sandtigress
Russian Blues are indeed a breed. I doubt that your little kitty is any specific breed, or even has a particular breed in her ancestry. All cat traits can be found throughout the domestic cat population. Breeds just have certain traits singled out.

The blue color is actually a dilute black, so its a dark grey color. I love little Mika! Someday, I'm getting myself a little blue point Birman girl. That's what I was supposed to buy, and somehow I ended up with my two boys instead!
Aw, Mika says thank you. She really is a princess. I call her Nanny's little princess (she is our daughter's kitty). Bijou loves her (they are full brother and sister although he is from a prior litter).

Birmans are gorgeous. My friend has one - a sealpoint - and she is beautiful.
post #17 of 18
I love blue points (Siamese, Himmies, ragdolls - various pointed kitties. I have a Seal Point and was searching (still am really if anyone hears of any) for a Blue Point Siamese when I was asked to look after/foster a friend's Sphynx. The friend is in a coma so it looks like it may be permanent but I love them dearly too! I still would love to have a blue - I should have bought YY's sister (who was a blue pt, could kick myself now!!!) She was pet quality where YY was Show Quakity and I fell in love at first sight with YY sooo...

Blue Russians are cute too!!

And your kitty - while not a blue tabby - is very cute as well!
post #18 of 18
There are only a few breeds that are in one color. They may have the color as part of the name (like Russian Blue) but in most cases any color (calico, blue, etc) is simply a color and many breeds have that color.

For awhile British Shorthairs used to be called "British Blues" as mostly blues were shown, but they've always come in many colors, so the "Blue" was dropped and the cats are called British Shorthairs.

Other cats like Havana Browns only come in brown. Korats are another "one" color breed - blue. For Russian Blues (I did breed them at one time, so know about the history) they are unique cats. Not the typical solid blue/grey color. They have short thick fur (you should be able to press a thumb down and the fur to hold the indent) with SILVER tipping/highlights. They also have green eyes (most blue cats have gold eye color). Korats are similar with a short tight coat and silver color on the ends.

BTW there are "White Russians" that occasionally show up - these are blue point russians. They occur because at one time Russian blues were bred to siamese and so the pointed gene is in the lines. I've only seen a white russian one time (other then in pictures). Its not encouraged and any that show up are spayed/neutered and placed as pets.

Russians are quiet cats, shy, and more of a one-person cat. They don't like a lot of noise, etc. and that's why you don't see them in shows very often. Once in awhile you have an outgoing Russian (my neuter was) but for the most part they prefer to stay at home and not show off
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