Smoky cats: breed, photo
Cats with a smoky color always attracted the attention of animal lovers. They have some mystery. Such a coat is characteristic of many breeds of cats. We will introduce you to some of them in this article.
Australian Smoky Cat
This is a small animal with a pronounced eastern type of appearance. Cats of this breed are the owners of a short, but not adherent, densely to the body of wool. Their main feature is a special smoky pattern of woolly covering.
These animals were cultivated in Australia in 1975. Breeders set a goal to breed a breed similar to Burmese, but having a spotted hue of wool.
For this purpose, a special breeding program was developed. Sociability, physique and four colors of the Australian cat came from Burmese "sisters". Two more colors, cheerfulness and ticking were added by Abyssinian cats. Not purebred tabby left a "legacy" spotted figure. The first kittens of the new breed were born in January 1980. At first they were called spotted-smoky. In eight years (in 1998) the breed became known as the Australian smoky.
Fully breed recognized only in Australia. In the world, it is considered very rare.
Characteristics of character
These smoky cats are very sociable. They are playful and flexible, extremely attached to the house. Easily make contact with other domestic pets, love to play with children, completely calmly endure loneliness. They do not have to be taken out for walks, and they can stay indoors for a long time.
Asian Smoky Cat
They are gentle and affectionate creatures, who need attention and care of the owner. Asian smoky cats are very intelligent. So, they quickly understand what the house can do, and what actions should not be done never.
That is why the Asian gray smoky cat does not give any trouble to its owners. They only need to teach a kitten to order from an early age.
It is necessary to warn that the Asian breed of smoky cats will not suit owners who prefer their pet to play the role of a "sofa cushion". These animals are very mobile, do not like to sit for a long time, always find entertainment (and sometimes not the quietest).
As the name implies, this breed of smoky cats belongs to the Asian group. Distinctive features - silver, light, and sometimes almost white undercoat, as well as a dark top layer of wool.
The history of this breed began only in 1998. In a small town Fremont found a tiny kitten, who was called Solomon. Babe came out Susan Manley, was interested in his unusual tail, twisted on his back, like an Siberian Laika.
Later, Susan found several other individuals in the vicinity of Freemont, having twisted tails. The woman decided to try to breed a new breed. To do this, she crossed her find with a domestic cat, which after a while gave birth to kittens with swirling tails. However, their tails were not as tightly twisted as their father's. Only in 2000, Solomon's daughter had kittens with gray smoky hair, which could be fully called ringtails.
Despite the fact that this breed is actively engaged by specialists in Canada and the US, the American ringtail is still a fairly rare breed, which has been registered with TICA since 2005.
These are strong and large animals. Because of the courageous look, these smoky cats very often become the favorites of men.
The ancestors of this breed were ordinary short-haired cats. At one of the stages of selection work, the blood of long-haired individuals was mixed with them to improve the general type.
As a result, a modern and very popular breed now appeared - broad-chested large animals with a large head, stocky and short legs and round large paws. The most popular cats are smoky. The first British shorthair was presented at an exhibition in London in 1971.
The British cat is compact, with good proportions, muscular and strong with short muscular limbs. Round head on short and thick neck. Wide skull, ears small. The muzzle is round, with a powerful and strong chin. Rounded forehead, straight, broad and short nose. Eyes large, round in shape, set wide. The body is massive, squat and short, the chest is wide and deep. The tail is thick, of medium length, with a round tip.
The coat is thick, stiff and short. It is desirable that the coat is so dense that during the movements of the animal it would seem that it "breaks".
Despite their courageous appearance, these smoky cats are very affectionate, have a wonderful light character. They communicate perfectly with other pets. These animals do not like to jump over the cupboards too much: because of their massive build of steeple, they are not important, and some individuals are even panic-stricken about the heights. Representatives of the breed are balanced and intelligent, do not have a strong temperament. British smoky cats, photos of which can now be found in the mass of printed editions about animals, are moderately active and playful. The animal is unpretentious, easily adapts to any living conditions.
In the name of this breed is the word, which translated from English means "decorated with sparkles." Californian it is called in honor of the American state, in which it was bred.
Smoky color of cats of this breed creates a feeling that they are really covered with sparkles. The initiative to create this unique in its beauty creature belongs to the scriptwriter from Hollywood Paul Casey.
The breeding works started in 1971. The founder of the breed was a long-haired cat with a spotted silvery tabby and a Siamese cat of the old type. In the course of further work, the blood of Abyssinian, British Shorthair, American Shorthair, etc. was added. In addition, the inbred individuals participated in the process.
Ten years later the breeders achieved the desired result, and Casey in 1986 demonstrated the California Spengled in the hope of convincing people not to exterminate wild animals that are so similar to their pets. In TICA, these cats were registered in 1987.
Characteristics of the breed
Great hunters. Extremely active. They need a lot of attention from the person, constant exercise, outdoor games. Breeders are attracted by the good-natured nature of these animals.
Cats with well-developed strong muscles, do not need careful care.
It must be said that the coat of different breeds of cats can differ significantly in color. For example, Persian smoky cats, the photos of which are given in our article, have a gray-black contrast coat. In a calm state, the animal looks black, and a silvery white part of the coat appears in motion.
Persian smoky cats can have a different width of the light part - from a thin strip on the legs and head, visible only after careful examination of the wool, to almost silvery white hair on the collar, abdomen, ear papillae and lower part of the tail. The standard allows a light silver M-shaped pattern on the head.
Unfortunately, there was no documentary evidence of when these beautiful fluffy creatures first appeared in Siberia. There is a version that they were brought by Russian immigrants several hundred years ago. Caught in a harsh climate, cats had to survive. It is obvious that only individuals with an increased density of wool could survive in such difficult conditions. From this we can conclude that the nature itself formed the breed, using the unmistakable method - natural selection.
In addition, there is an opinion that the formation of this breed was also promoted by wild forest cats who transferred their genes to their offspring. Siberian cat is considered an aboriginal breed, which was formed naturally. And the felinologists had only to perfect what Mother Nature had conceived.
Animals of this breed have different colors - from monotonous to two - and tricolor. According to fans of this breed, smoky cats are especially attractive. And in this breed there are such varieties as "blue smoke", "black smoke", "red smoke", etc.
In conclusion, I would like to say that, whatever the breed of smoky cats, the main thing is that they are loved and desired in your home.