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It is recomended that you learn these probabilities below, because it helps to understand genetics in other areas that are more important, but if you want a "crutch", you can use my Color Predictor.

Dilute Color Chart

Find the color of the sire from along the top of the chart. Find the color of the dam along the left side. The square where they intersect will show the color possibilities for their kittens. Dilute is a recessive gene, so both parents must carry that gene to get a dilute kitten.

Possible kitten colors:

Sire:

black [XoY,B_ ]

 blue (dilute) [XoY,bb]  red [XoY,B_ ] cream (dilute) [XoY,bb]

 Dam:

black

black

blue

black

blue

black male

blue male

tortie female

blue-cream female

black male

blue male

tortie female

blue-cream female

blue

(dilute)

black

blue

 blue

black male

blue male

tortie female

blue-cream female

blue male

blue-cream female

red

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

red

cream

red

cream

 cream

(dilute)

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

cream male

blue-cream female

red

cream

 cream

 tortoishell

black

blue

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

black

blue

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

black male

blue male

red

cream

tortie female

blue-cream female

black male

blue male

red

cream

tortie female

blue-cream female

 blue/cream

(dilute)

black

blue

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

blue

cream male

blue-cream female

black

blue

red male

cream male

tortie female

blue-cream female

blue

cream male

blue-cream female

How did I make this chart? With the understanding of basic genetics below.

 
 

 

Sex linked color

Red is attached to the X chromosome. It is dominant to black, chocolate and cinnamon. All the other colors you see are actually patterns that affect these basic colors.

A male cat has one X and one Y chromosome. The red color factor is on his X chromosome that he gets from his dam. He gets his Y chromosome( with no color designation) from his sire.

A female has two X chromosomes with two red color factors. She gets one from her sire & one from her dam. If a dam is black, she doesn't have the red color, and all her boys will be black or black with additional genes, none of her boy kittens will be red. If a dam is red, she has two genes for the red color and all her boys will be red (or red with additional genes), none of her boy kittens will be black. If a dam is tortie, she has one gene for red and one not for red, and half of her boys will be red and half will be black. The sire gives no red genes to his boys.

If a male is red & a female is black, all of their female kittens will be tortoishell.

 
 

 Sire: red

RED (x)

 

 (Y)

Dam: black

NO RED(X)
black

  RED & black(XX)  black (XY)

 

NO RED(X)
 black

 RED & black(XX)  black (XY)

If we have a black female and a red male, we can guess the color of their kittens (add the color to the square across or down from it).

male = XY; female = XX

sire = red male; dam = black female

kittens = black/red (tortie) females, black males

 

Dilute

 The color gene for red is the only color gene attached to the sex of the cat. The rest of the color genes are actually patterns that affect the black or red. The dilute gene is one such gene. It turns black into blue & red into cream.

A recessive gene needs two genes (one from each parent) to appear on a cat. A dominant gene needs one gene (from either parent) to appear on a cat. Dilute is a recessive gene. If a cat has two dilute genes it will be a dilute. If a cat has one dilute gene and one "normal" gene the cat will appear normal.

Since dilute is a recessive gene, you will only get dilute kittens if both parents contribute a dilute gene. If a black sire doesn't carry a dilute gene, you won't get any blues or creams. You can't tell by looking at a cat if it is carrying a recessive gene. You can guess whether he carries a dilute by looking at his parents. If he has one dilute parent he does carry the gene. If he has "normal" parents & some dilute siblings, he might carry dilute. If he has "normal" siblings, he probably doesn't carry dilute, although the gene can be passed down from his ancestors and be hidden until it is matched up with another dilute.

If you have a red (not dilute) male that carries dilute & breed it to a blue (dilute) female
you can show it like this:

 

Sire: red, carrying dilute

NOT DILUTE

dilute

Dam:blue (dilute)

dilute

 

NOT DILUTE
/dilute

 dilute/dilute

 dilute

 NOT DILUTE
/dilute
 dilute/dilute

Remember, now the squares don't represent any sex.


NOT DILUTE (dominant; represented by uppercase letters);
dilute (recessive; represented by lowercase letters)

kittens:
NOT DILUTE/dilute = black, red or tortie, carrying dilute;
dilute/dilute = blue, cream, or blue-cream

If you add the dilute chart to the sex linked chart, the possible kittens from these two cats are: black, blue, tortie & blue-cream. Refer to the cat color chart above to see all the possibilities.

Now it's your turn! You can use these methods to create a chart of any of the combinations below.

 
 
 

Pattern & Color Chart

  The basic colors are along the top. The patterns that affect the colors are along the left side. The place where they intersect will show the combination they produce. These colors are the TICA descriptions.

 Pattern:

 Color:

 black

 red  tortie (female)
 dilute  blue  cream  blue-cream
 tabby  brown(black) tabby  red tabby  brown(black) torbie
 tabby + dilute  blue tabby  cream tabby  blue torbie
 silver  black smoke  red smoke  tortie smoke
 silver + tabby  silver tabby  red silver tabby  silver torbie
 silver + dilute  blue smoke  cream smoke  blue-cream smoke
 silver + tabby + dilute  blue silver tabby  cream silver tabby  blue silver torbie
 shaded  golden shaded  red shaded  golden shaded torbie
 silver + shaded  silver shaded(chinchilla)  silver red shaded(cameo)  silver shaded torbie
 silver + shaded + dilute  silver blue shaded  silver cream shaded  blue shaded torbie
 white  white  white  white
 white markings (spotting)  black/white  red/white  calico
 white markings (spotting);
 homozygous (2 copies,
 one from each parent)
 black/white van  red/white van  calico van
 colorpoint  seal point  red point  tortie point
 colorpoint + tabby  seal lynx point  red lynx point  seal lynx torbie point
 colorpoint + dilute  blue point  cream point  blue-cream point
 sepia  seal sepia(sable)  red sepia  seal sepia tortie
 colorpoint + sepia  seal mink  red mink  seal mink tortie
 cinnamon  cinnamon  red  cinnamon tortie
 cinnamon + dilute  fawn  cream  fawn tortie
 chocolate  chocolate  red  chocolate tortie
 chocolate + dilute  lilac  cream  lilac tortie

 
 
 

 

OK, here's one more chart to get you started.

Tabby X Solid Chart

Possible kitten colors:

Sire:

black(brown) tabby

 blue tabby (dilute)  red tabby cream tabby (dilute)

 Dam:

black

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby

black(brown) tabby
black male
blue tabby male
blue male
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

black(brown) tabby
black male
blue tabby male
blue male
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

blue

(dilute)

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby

blue
blue tabby

black(brown) tabby
black male
blue tabby male
blue male
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

blue tabby male
blue male
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

red

red tabby male
cream tabby male
tortie female
torbie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

red tabbymale
cream tabbymale
tortie female
torbie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

red tabby
cream tabby

red tabby
cream tabby

 cream

(dilute)

red male
cream tabby male
tortie female
torbie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

cream tabby male
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

red tabby
cream tabby

 cream tabby
 tortie

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby
red tabby male
cream tabby male
tortie female
torbie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby
red tabby male
cream tabby male
tortie female
torbie female
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

black male
black(brown) tabby male
blue male
blue tabby male
red tabby
cream tabby
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream torbie female
blue-cream female

black male
black(brown) tabby male
blue male
blue tabby male
red tabby
cream tabby
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream torbie female
blue-cream female

 blue/cream

(dilute)

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby
red tabby male
cream tabby male
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream torbie female
blue-cream female

blue
blue tabby

cream tabby male
blue-cream female
blue-cream torbie female

black
black(brown) tabby
blue
blue tabby
red tabby male
cream tabby male
torbie female
tortie female
blue-cream torbie female
blue-cream female

blue
blue tabby
cream tabby male
blue-cream torbie female
blue-cream female

 

Now, make one of your own, that describes your cats!

It is recomended that you learn these probabilities, because it helps to understand genetics
in other areas that are more important, but if you want a "crutch", you can use my Color Predictor!

 

 

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Patterns & colors

black british kittenblack; black
"Purrbody" - black

red; orange

tortoishell; black and orange

dilute calico british kittendilute; (recessive to normal color) Makes the original color appear lighter, as if white was mixed in. (blue, cream, blue-cream)

British Blue Shorthair Kittenblue light grey

brown tabby Scottish Foldtabby; (dominant to solid) Stripes with white chin & underside. There are additional genes for classic (wide stripes), mackerel (thin stripes), spotted, ticked, agouti (Abysinian), & marbled (Bengal).

shaded silver British kittenshaded; (includes about 5 different genes, some dominant, some recessive) A tabby cat with no stripes, just colored tipping at the end of each hair with white chin & underside.

shaded golden Scottish Foldgolden; (recessive to silver) Brown undercoat of a shaded cat that doesn't have the silver gene. Like the brown of a brown tabby except the undercoat shows up more.

silver scottish kittensilver; (dominant to brown) A white undercoat, as in the silver tabby instead of a brown tabby, or with the solid genes, makes a smoke.

white British kitten"McFurry" - blue eyed white
white
; (dominant to all other colors) Solid white with blue eyes, odd eyes(two different colors) or eye color corresponding to underlying recessive coat color.

kittenwhite markings; (spotting); (an accumulative gene dominant to solid) White markings ranging from white toes to white covering everything except the tail(van). Contributing polygenes also affect the amount and distribution of white.

colorpoint British Longhair kittencolorpoint; (recessive to solid) Restricts color to the face, feet & tail. Body is off white. Mutes black into dark brown. Eye color is blue. Siamese & Himalayans have this pattern.

sepia; (recessive to solid) Dark face, feet & tail. Back as dark as face, feet & tail gradually getting slightly paler on chest & underside. Eyes are not blue or aqua(they are usually gold, but can be any of the other colors). Burmese have this pattern.

blue mink kittenmink; Actually colorpoint & sepia together. Has color on face, feet & tail with beige body color. Usually have aqua eyes. Tonkinese have this pattern.

 

chocolate Selkirk Rex Kittenchocolate; (recessive to black, dominant to cinnamon) Takes the place of black and is dark brown.

lilac Scottish Foldlilac; Is the chocolate gene combined with the dilute(blue )gene. Looks like taupe, with roseberry nose leather and paw pads.

cinnamon; (recessive to black & chocolate) Takes the place of black and is light brown.

fawn; Is the cinnamon gene combined with the dilute gene.

 
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