Scottish cat colors from popular to the rarest


Cats from Scotland are famous for their charming appearance and wealth of colors. Here all sorts of colors of fold and straight-faced Scottish beauties will be disassembled in detail, characteristics will be given according to the standard of the breed.

All possible types of appearance of these cats are collected in a number of groups:

  • tabby colors,
  • the color is solid,
  • chinchilla (see british cat chinchilla),
  • smoky,
  • shaded
  • colors with a white base,
  • colors,
  • tortoiseshell.

Scottish tabby breed colors

The representatives of the lop-and-round and with the exterior, called tabbies, have on their forehead the contours of a zigzag in the shape of "M". In addition, according to the standard, rather narrow lines on the tail and limbs are characteristic of this type of color, they smoothly transform into marble patterns in the form of spots, as well as stripes on the neck and body of the animal.

Usually drawing bright, contrasting with the main background. Eyes and a pocket mirror (a tip, a tip) of a nose brought.

Tabby colors are divided into the following varieties:

  • Striped, she is tiger coloring of Scots. Such an exterior corresponds to a distinct pattern of narrow strips. On the neck "loose collar" tail striped. Graceful stripes run across the entire body and at the top, at the withers, form a pattern resembling a saddle.

  • Coloring tabby with stains. The Scottish cats (Scottish Straight) of this suit on the body have marks of various outlines and scales, the contours of these spots are distinct. Along the spine, specks form a line stretching from head to tail, which, in turn, as well as limbs, is covered with stripes. Puziko painted with small specks.

  • Classic color tabby, she's marble. The colors of the representatives of these breeds that have such a pattern come in all sorts of colors. The main thing that unites them is the irregular shape of a distinct, contrasting pattern, resembling stains on polished marble.

  • Fire colors, it is red or red. The plaids of this suit have a bright red, clearly visible, but not contrasting pattern of specks and stripes against the background of a lighter tone. Their eyes are golden, the nose is pink-orange, the pads of brick shade.

  • Blue tabby The background of the fur is a gray cold tone, called blue. The distinct pattern of specks and stripes is indicated in a darker tone. The eyes are golden or heavenly. The nose is pink, as are the pads.

  • Brown coloring. These fluffy plaids have beige fur with black patterns. Eyes and nose dark, in tune with fur. The pads are dark beige, almost black.

  • Cream Tabby The fur is light peach with a darker, not very clear pattern of lines and lines. The eyes are golden, and the nose and pads are pink.

  • Silver color. In plaids of a similar suit, the background color of the fur is silver with a distinctly marked black pattern of stripes, turning into specks. Eyes are light beige or greenish. Nose pink beige. The paw pads are dark.

Solid colors of Scottish breeds

This group of colors is characterized by monotony, patterns, markings and ticking are absent.

  • Snow white Fur iridescent, completely white. The eyes are the colors of amber or heavenly. The standard also allows for different colors of the eyes of the animal. Spout yes pads pinkish.

  • The black. The fur completely corresponds to the name, red or grayish outflow is absent. Eyes are like amber, spout and pads merge with wool.

  • Blue. Edge cool dark gray shade. Eyes, as amber. Nose and pads of the same scale with wool. See photo lop-eared Scottish blue cat.

  • Lilac. Fur warm pale gray tint, rolling in cream. Eyes like amber. The spout and the pads are in harmony with the fur (see all photos of the purple British).

  • Red. Edge of fire. Eyes like amber, nose and pads to match the fur.
  • Cream. Hair is light peach. Golden eyes, pinkish nose and pads.

  • Cinnamon, cinnamon colored. Similar to milk chocolate. Spout and pads pink-brown.

Coloring tartan chinchilla

It has the following varieties:

  • Silver. Undercoat white, hair as if covered with gray hair. On the tail may be a hint of stripes. The ends of the ears, abdomen and chin are white. The eyes are green, the nose is beige. Eyes, nose and lips are framed in black, of the same color and pads.

  • Red, she is Shell Cameo. The undercoat is snow-white, almost all the wool is covered with red bloom, only the chin, the ends of the ears and abdomen are purely white. The eyes are golden, the tip of the nose is brick, the pads are pinkish.

Smoky Scottish colors

Undercoat white or almost white, eyes like gold.

The rest of the colors are as follows:

  • The black. Wool fur is black, with white parts of the bulbs. Nose and pads in the same range with a fur.

  • Blue. The undercoat is white, and the edge is covered with a cold gray patina, in the same range of spouts and pads.

  • Cameo. Undercoat white, fur with a fiery sheen. Spout pads yes eyeliner peepholes pink.

Shaded colors

The undercoat is practically white, the hairs are whitish. Almost the entire edge is covered with this or that color, only the chin and abdomen are completely light.

Shaded can be:

  • Golden. The undercoat is light peach, the fur casts with golden light. The eyes are green, the pads of the paws and the nose are dark chocolate.

  • Silver. The undercoat is snow-white, the tips of the hairs are dark gray. The eyes are greenish, edged with black. The latter feature is characteristic only for the silvery variety, with other Scottish obscured colors, the eyeliner is absent. The mirror of the nose is brick-colored. Black rims of the mouth and nose, pads.

  • Red, he is Cameo. This type of shaded color has a snow-white undercoat, and there is a dark-red coating on the coat. Only the face with the chin, the belly and the underside of the tail remain quite light. Eyes are like amber. Nose, eyeliner eyeliner and pinkish pads.

White based colors

Such colors Scottish breeds are:

  • Bicolor Two-tone flowers in turn are presented with the addition of the following colors to white: blue, black, cream, red. The muzzle, abdomen, limbs and thighs remain entirely light. The eyes are the colors of gold or sky. These tartan eyes may be of a different color.

  • Van Almost all fur is white, only the tail and a pair of markings on the head are painted.

  • Harlequin. The edge is mostly white, only one fifth of the surface is colored.

  • Tikking All fur with distinct ticking. The eyes of all shades of gold, in silvery coloring - greenish.

Color schemes

They come in two forms: tabby point links and blue points. The body has no patterns and contrasts with marks, the colors of which are uniform. The eyes of heaven.

Solid (solid), or monophonic

Smoky color

Smoked is the color of Scots, in which the spine of wool has a uniform color (red, black, blue, etc.), and the undercoat with the base of the guard coat? silvery white color. Contrast smoky color should not be confused with gradient agouti. Smoky belongs to the group of silver colors and appears under the influence of the dominant gene of the color of silver. The color of the eyes of such pets is coppery shades of orange.

Solid (solid)

This type of color implies a single rich shade of fur without ticking and pattern. Clear spots, hairs of a different shade are not allowed, which is rather difficult to achieve with cream or red color. These cats can be observed, but undesirable weak patterns on the tail, muzzle, legs, less often - on the body.

Solid colors are intense (black, red, chocolate) and diluted (marble, lilac, cream).

Scottish Fold - black color (ebony)

The color is mostly bright. Red, brown zones of wool cover indicate a defect. Representatives of this color, in antiquity considered to be mystical, are not so rare among folds.

Scottish Fold - chocolate color

For this beautiful coloring, there is no characteristic undercoat of any other color, light hairs, or different patterns.

Snow-white with shine, yellowness is absent. In newborn babies, spots are allowed on the head of a bluish tint, if there were ancestors of blue or dark in the genus - if one of the ancestors was black. In an adult individual, the fur becomes perfectly white.

Rare warm color, looks no less impressive than rich chocolate.

Deer (fawn)

Kittens whose wool is painted in a touching pale beige shade (clarified cinnamon) look touching and cute.

Rare color, implying the presence of an intense solid hue, evenly pigmented and distributed throughout the body. On the forehead and limbs, a not pronounced pattern is permissible but undesirable. The light (red) tip of the tail is a defect in the breed.

Blue color (blue)

The classic colors that allow the whole color palette of blue: both light and dark colors. The baby can be observed moire patterns, which then disappear.

Diluted red with a delicate peach tone. A fuzzy pattern is permissible on the forehead and legs, but noticeable leopard specks are unacceptable.

The color of the coat, in which a significant area of ​​wool white coat. Must be white belly, chest, neck, chin, limbs, muzzle. Other shades are distributed evenly, without prevailing in any area. The muzzle, as if a regal sign, is decorated with a speck in the form of an inverted Latin "V".

If on the neck there is an open “collar” of white color, the value of the animal increases.

The combination of snow-white is allowed with any of the available colors.

Partikolor (calico)

The coloring is a combination of classic white and tortoise color.

Unusual color literally subdued breeders. With such a non-standard color, more than 1/5 of the body is white, the specks are unevenly located on the face, spine, sides, symmetry is desirable. The tail is necessarily dark.

A cat or a cat is almost completely white, only a few patches of wool can be colored - on the head and tail. Allowed, but undesirable spots on the body and feet. If the spots are red, the cat is called van red.

In Scottish Fold cats, this type of color is considered rare. The elite colors of the fold are due to their British ancestors, who in the family were Persians with a similar color. The cat's body is light, and all the protruding parts (ears, muzzle, tail, paws) are painted in brighter tones, forming a striking contrast with the main shade of color.

Tabby (tabby)

Today it is the most popular color. It involves a certain pattern and zonno-colored hairs. It can be presented in two versions - classical and marble.

Characteristic tabby color:

  • bright spots on the back of the ears,
  • "M" on the frontal area,
  • the eyes and the nose have the base color of the coat,
  • "Necklace" in the chest,
  • closed ringlets on the limbs and tail.

The clearer the pattern on the coat, the more valuable the cat, the more points the pet will get at the exhibition.

Tabby colors, depending on the type of pattern, can be of the following types:

  • mackerel (tiger) - vertical, contrasting stripes on the sides, a dark stripe along the spine and tail,
  • spotted (spotted) - contrasting spots of a round or oval shape on the sides of the body and a vertical torn strip on the back,
  • shaded (marble) - a butterfly-shaped ornament on the shoulders, three stripes on the back, specks on the stomach, circles and divorces of a symmetrical shape.
  • black marble (marble on silver) - the most spectacular, luxurious color.

Tabby colors, depending on color combinations, can be as follows:

  • silver - silver, black clear pattern,
  • silver-blue - white undercoat, slightly typed red mantle on the sides, tail and face.
  • red - light red, distinct red pattern,
  • brown - copper, black pattern,
  • blue - cream blue, blue pattern,
  • cream - pale cream, drawing of the same color, but brighter,
  • Cameo tabby - white, red stripes.

The standard does not allow the presence of gray undercoat, as well as white spots on the limbs, chest, groin. A white chin is considered undesirable.

Turtle colors

It is an original combination of red and dark or cream spots. Not to be confused with the tricolor coloring, as the cream shade in the tabby pattern is brightened red. There is no clearly defined standard for tortoise color, the only condition is that the distribution of colors should be harmonious.

It is noteworthy that only cats are owners of a rare tortoise color. In cats, it is observed only in cases of genetic failure, such individuals are incapable of reproducing offspring.


Currently, it is very popular among breeders. With this type of color, 1/3 of the tip of the hair is colored, the rest is white. It is also characterized by bleached hair ends, a light undercoat, shaded hair in the areas of the back, tail, head, ears, blond chin, stomach and base of the tail, tipping of the main color.

Among the shaded colors are:

  1. Golden - creamy undercoat, fur coats have black tips.
  2. Silver - white undercoat, the tips of the main coat are gray and black.
  3. Red - white undercoat, the main coat of bright red color, red “shading” on the sides, base of the tail, belly, muzzle and chin of a lighter shade.

The Scots owe such expressive and beautiful colors to the British, and they, in turn, borrowed it from the exotic and Persian. This is a rare color found only if both the mom and dad of a kitten are chinchillas. It is characterized by a one-tone coloring of 1/8 of the area of ​​wool, other areas of white wool.

  1. Silver chinchilla. A peculiar combination of light undercoat and black shading. White ears, tummy.
  2. Golden Separate areas of the hull are “shaded” by intense fiery red. Tipping paws, muzzle.
  3. Golden (blue). The rarest coloring is formed by the undercoat “baked milk” and bluish tipping with a shimmering shine.

Such a color appears under the influence of the silvery gene and is inherent in the folds, in which the guard hairs of the solid color are black (black smoke), red, purple, and blue. The base of the undercoat is silvery white. Due to the contrast of shades it seems that the cat's coat has a color of light haze.

It should be noted that today the smoky color is considered undervalued, animals with such a coat color are not allowed to participate in exhibitions. But breeders believe that smoky cats belong to the category of the most attractive folds.

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Basic colors or solid

The main colors today include:


It is believed that this color is dominant over all others, that is, if you knit a white homozygous cat with a cat of any color, all kittens will be white, however, if the cat was heterozygous for the white gene, some of the kittens will not inherit the coloring of the mother. Another option - when mating a heterozygous white couple can be born colored kittens.

The black

Coat color like a raven wing, guard hair with shine. White hairs in exhibition animals are considered to be a marriage, and therefore they are pulled out. The black cat's nose and pillow should also be black.


What is popularly called red is the most appreciated saturated color without residual pattern. Very rare color, difficult to breed, as often with a couple with excellent red children are born with a pattern. The red cat should be missing the outline of the pink nose, the pads of the fingers are pink.


The color introduced to the European breeds of cats from the eastern group. A chocolate-colored animal should be the color of dark chocolate with pink nose and fingertips.

Cinnamon or Brown

It also came from oriental cats, now it is especially popular. The color is average between red and chocolate, you can call it red-brown. Nose and pads are also pink.

And clarified versions of the above colors:

  1. Blue color - it is a clarified black, looks like gray with a pronounced blue tint, it can be of different shades, from light to dark. Paw pads and nose bump with blue color should be gray.
  2. Cream - clarified red, much less bright, may have a grayish shade of wool.The fingers and nose are pink, but rather a flesh-colored.
  3. Purple - clarified chocolate, often from blue can be distinguished only by the color of the lobes and fingers - in lilac they are not gray, but pink. Ideally, the purple animal should have a very light gray wool with a pronounced cold pink shade.
  4. Faun - clarified chocolate, from lilac differs in a warm shade of wool, nose leather and finger pads are also pink.

In addition to the above, cats can be tortoise-colored - that is, combinations of the main color (black, chocolate) with red, and clarified (blue, mauve) with cream.

Each tortoise cat has its own exclusive color, red spots can be placed in any quantity, on any part of the body, the main thing is that this color should be bright and in large quantity. The variation of black with red is called a tortoise color, blue with a cream blue-cream tortoise color, lilac with a cream blue purple cream tortoise.

Tabbed or painted colors

Tabby colors got their name from the pattern of dense natural silk, on which the threads form moire - curls of different shapes. The pattern is formed by a darker guard hair with a zoning color - each hair has from 3 to 7 transverse stripes.

The undercoat is lighter and dyed the entire length with the same intensity. All drawn cats should have a belt on the back - 3 or 5 stripes from the shoulder blades to the tail, the letter M on the forehead, the stroke around the eyes and nose, curls on the cheeks, several strips in the form of a necklace on the neck, striped paws and tail, a butterfly on the shoulders and spotted belly.

And true tabby has a brighter spot on the ear on the outside - like a fingerprint.

Tabby cats distinguish 4 types of pattern:


On the sides, the curls form a closed circle, and it is desirable that the pattern be symmetrical on both sides.


On the sides should be unbroken stripes, like tiger. The color is very rare, since most of the cats have broken stripes, and this is a spotted color.


On the sides of the cat are many spots, and sometimes these spots are arranged in a spiral (torn marble), and sometimes resemble a speck (torn strip).

Ticked or Abyssinian

Color also came from the eastern group of cats. With this coloring only the tip of the guard hair is colored and there may be stripes on the paws of young animals that disappear with age.

All drawn colors can be combined with any basic or clarified color, and cats - also with red - tortoise painted tabby.

Colors with white or bicolor

When the main color of a cat is combined with white, it is called “bicolor”, but such colors are also distinguished by different amounts of white:

A small amount of white - a medallion, may be white fingers.


White color from 30 to 70% in color, as a rule, these are paws, stomach, chest and a small amount on the sides, there may be white spots on the face. Experts welcome, if the white areas are closed on the shoulders of a collar.


The amount of white is from 70 to 95%, only the cap on the head, the tail and a few small spots on the body are painted.


Completely white animal with the exception of the tail and spots on the head.

All these variations with white color can be painted and / or tortoiseshell.

Silver and golden colors

Silvery colors are one of the most elegant and popular among cat lovers. Silver is a completely white undercoat on any color.

In silver, the nose of the nose is always edged, the color of the border and the paw pads correspond to the color of the coat. The extreme expression of silver is chinchilla or shaded color.

Yes, yes, do not be surprised - almost a white cat, which has an awn painted on 1/8 (only the tips of the guard hair), in fact - painted.

In conjunction with the gene "A" (tabby), silver becomes painted with any color variation:

  • silver marble color,
  • silver brindle,
  • silver spotted - popularly called "Whiskas".

Chinchilla color has two options:

  • shaded when the length of the colored part of the hair is 1/3,
  • shaded or veiled (true chinchilla), with painted tips.

Chinchilla in red color is called cameo:

  • red cameo (shaded and shaded),
  • cream cameo.

Since the colors of faun and cinnamon also belong to the gene “O” - orange, then theoretically they can be cameo cinnamon and faun, but this is apparently a very big rarity.

If you see a white Scottish cat with green eyes, then it will be 100% chinchilla.

In the complex with the gene "a" (not agouti, solid) silver appears smoky colors: in this case there is no pattern on the coat, it is residual on kittens or young animals, but by 8-10 months it disappears. The nose of smoke, like solidus, has no edging. Particularly advantageous smoke looks at the long and semi-long wool - as if a white cloak from an ostevy hair is thrown over a white animal.

Smokes are found in all colors:

  • black smoky
  • blue,
  • red,
  • cream,
  • chocolate,
  • purple,
  • cinnamon,
  • faun.

Painted and smoky colors can also be with different amounts of white, and cats can also be tortoiseshell, for example, silver blue-cream tabby or silver chocolate turtle bicolor.

The presence of white is prohibited only on chinchilla colors.

Golden colors first appeared on Persian cats, it is believed that this color caused a natural mutation of the gene "I" responsible for the manifestation of silver in color.

Over time, this color variation was transferred to the British breed, then - scottish fold. Gold can also be painted in all color variations and chinchilla colors, although it is not mixed with white.

Kolornye colors

Color, or color point, or acromelananic - temperature-dependent colors, which caused the color only points - body parts with a lower temperature: ears, tail, limbs, muzzle. The colors of the color point were originally inherent only in the Siamese breed of cats.

However, over time, they were transferred to other breeds, and are now banned only in the aboriginal breeds of cats, except Siberian, there this color is also called "Neva Masquerade".

Color can be found in any color variations, combined with tabby, silver, gold, smoke and white.

The main color of the eyes of Scottish cats is orange of varying saturation, from yellow to nutty, but for colored cats it should be blue, and a more saturated color is preferable.

White cats may have blue eyes, but in this case the expert may require a certificate from the veterinarian that the cat has no hearing problems, whites may also have yellow or differently colored eyes. Green eyes correspond to silver, gold and smoky colors.


The color range of colors Scotchish folds and straights is fascinating, in it every amateur breed will find his favorite colors. And since the work of the breeders does not stop, it is unknown what new colors of wool we can see in the near future. Maybe it will be the color "amber" not so long ago recorded in Norwegian forest cats.