Pattern Genetics

Articles about the genetics of coat pattern in cats

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  • Basic Tabby Pattern Genetics In Cats
    Classic? Mackerel? What is dominant? What is recessive?
    March 2020

  • * How To Tell A True Tabby
    Perhaps the single thing most newbies (and some not-so-new cat breeders) find confusing is understanding the issue of agouti and non-agouti tabbies. Learn how to tell whether YOUR tabby is a true agouti (or not) . . .
    November 2016

  • Tabby Pattern Genetic Breakthrough
    New research results published in the journal Genetics, has clarified the inheritance of tabby patterns. Read on to learn more ...
    January 2010

  • * Tabby Patterns
    There are four main patterns of tabby that occur in the random bred domestic cat population (exclusive of any cat breeds that have wild blood). This article provides an in-depth look at tabby patterns and their genetics ...
    March 2020

  • Taqpep Gene Discovered
    Scientists discover the gene that determines whether a tabby will have a mackerel pattern or the classic/botched pattern... and cheetahs have the same gene!
    October 2012



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