Me and My Maggie

by Samantha
(Toowoomba, Qld, Australia)



I was lucky after having 2 of my cats stolen to be given the op to look after this little beauty. Her name is Maggie and she is very affectionate and talkative and she follows me everywhere. I took her to my vet and he said she had very Oriental/Asian features. I was wondering if you could enlighten me a little more on the breed type. Maggie is Tuxedo in colouring with greeny/gold eyes.

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May 05, 2011
Guessing breed is difficult
by: Kurt (Admin)

Thank you, Samantha, for sharing your pictures of your beautiful Maggie. I'm sorry to hear that you had cats stolen from you. That's horrible.

Guessing breed type is difficult. Unless a cat has a distinct shape or features or coat coloring unique to the breed, it's hard to tell.

Once you suspect a cat is of a particular breed, you really need an expert in that particular breed in order to tell for certain, and tuxedo coat patterns are common in many cats. Interestingly, though, cats that are of Oriental or Asian type don't have any black and white varieties that I know of.

Some breeds are actually called by the same name, but have different lineage and are bred for different features in different countries. For example, the American version of the Bombay and Burmese were bred from different lines and for different body types and features than their British counterparts.

In a general sense, Oriental or Asian usually refers to cats that have Siamese somewhere in their lineage, although in the UK it can refer specifically to Burmese-like cats that don't have Burmese coloring.

Siamese have blue eyes and are of the colorpoint coat variety. There are many breeds that have been based on the Siamese or have Siamese as an ancestor. These include Burmese, Bombay, Tonkinese, Ocicat, and perhaps the best known, the Himalayan, which is a colorpoint variety of the Persian cat.

None of these cats have tuxedo or black and white coats, and many of them have been cross-bred with other breeds to produce a very different looking body type to that of the Siamese.

Without getting a hands-on look and just going by what your vet said, perhaps she's got some Burmese in there mixed with another cat that provides the black and white tuxedo coat.

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