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Ocicat Colours
Ocicats come in 12 colours. Tawny, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Fawn, Blue & Lavender.  And each with silver - black silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, fawn silver, blue silver, lavender silver.

We are currently able to produce Ocicat kittens in Tawny, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blue, Lilac, Fawn, Black spotted silver, Chocolate spotted silver, Cinnamon spotted silver, blue spotted silver, lilac spotted silver and Fawn spotted silver. Yes that is all 12 Ocicat colours!

COLOUR
COAT COLOUR
NOSE LEATHER
PAW PADS
EYE RIMS
PHOTO
TAWNY
OCI n 24
Black or dark brown spotting on a tawny agouti ground. Tail tip black.Brick-red rimmed with black Black or dark brown
Black
CHOCOLATE
OCI b 24
Chocolate spotting on a pale copper agouti ground. Tail tip dark chocolate. Pink rimmed with chocolate Chocolate
pink
Chocolate
LAVENDER
or
LILAC
OCI c 24
Lavender  spotting on a pale oatmeal or dove-grey agouti ground. Tail tip lavenderPink rimmed with dark lavender Lavender - pink
Lavender
BLUE
OCI a 24
Blue spotting on a mushroom or pale agouti ground. Tail tip blue. Pink rimmed with dark blue Blue
Blue
FAWN
OCI p 24
Fawn spotting on a pale oatmeal agouti ground. Tail tip fawn. Pink rimmed with fawn Pink
Fawn
CINNAMON
OCI o 24
Bright cinnamon spotting on a lighter cinnamon agouti ground. Tail tip cinnamon. Pink rimmed with cinnamon Pink
Cinnamon
BLACK OR EBONY SILVER
OCI ns 24
Black spotting on a silvery white ground. Tail tip black. Brick-red rimmed with black Black
Black
CHOCOLATE SILVER
OCI bs 24
Chocolate spotting on a silver ground. Tail tip chocolate. Pink rimmed with chocolate Chocolate pink
Chocolate
LAVENDER OR LILAC SILVER
OCI cs 24
Lavender spotting on a lilac-silver ground. Tail tip lavender. Pink rimmed with dark lavenderLavender - pink
Lavender
BLUE SILVER
OCI as 24
Blue spotting on a blue-silver ground. Tail tip blue. Pink rimmed with blue Blue
Blue
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FAWN SILVER
OCI ps 24
Fawn spotting on a fawn-silver ground. Tail tip fawn.Pink rimmed with fawn Pink
Fawn
No image available
CINNAMON SILVER
OCI os 24
Cinnamon spotting on a cinnamon-silver ground. Tail tip cinnamon. Pink rimmed with cinnamon Pink
Cinnamon

CFA Ocicat breed profile

“Oh, look spots! Is it tame? What kind of cat is this? It must be something special.’’

Indeed they are! This magnificent spotted cat never fails to steal the show, not to mention the hearts of those fortunate enough to own them.

The Ocicat is an agouti spotted cat of moderate type. Originating from interbreeding of Abyssinian, Siamese and American Shorthair, it is the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate the cats of the wild.

The ideal Ocicat is a large, active animal with an athletic appearance. It is very solid and well-muscled and has a short, tight coat with a satin sheen that shows off muscles and spots to their best advantage.

In 1964 the original Ocicat was the unexpected result of an experimental breeding which attempted to produce an Aby-point Siamese. Virginia Daly, noted CFA breeder living in Michigan, knew the possibility of getting the sought after Aby-point and was willing to invest the time she knew it would take to breed the two generations that were necessary. But the ivory kitten with golden spots was a surprise! Mrs. Daly's daughter named the breed the Ocicat, because of its resemblance to the ocelot. Tonga, the first Ocicat, was neutered and sold as a pet. When the Detroit newspaper publicized the lovely spotted cat and when noted geneticist, Dr. Clyde Keeler, expressed his desire to see a domestic cat which would mimic some of the vanishing wild species, the breeding was repeated to produce more Ocicats. Other breeders followed Mrs. Daly's recipe to develop other Ocicat lines with a broad genetic base.

The Ocicat was recognized for CFA registration in 1966, but it took another twenty years to develop the breed and gain the support for provisional status. The Ocicat was advanced to championship status May 1987. They can now be seen at many shows, and a few Ocicats have been exported to other countries where their popularity is increasing.

Feline enthusiasts have always been awed by the spotted cats of the wild: ocelots, margays, leopards and others. Never before was there such an effort to breed an entirely domestic cat which can offer the spotted beauty of the wild cats, while maintaining the lovely, predictable disposition of the domestic cat. With so many wild spotteds disappearing as their native habitats are destroyed and invaded, it is increasingly important that this man-made breed can satisfy people who want something ‘'exotic." How sad that so many wild spotted cats have suffered abuse and destruction. Perhaps the Ocicat will do its part in preventing the poaching and importation of the endangered wild cats.

While the Ocicat looks wild, its temperament is anything but ferocious. It is a lot like a dog in that it is absolutely devoted to its people. The Ocicat is not a demanding, clinging-vine type, but is confident as well as dedicated to its owners. Most Ocicats are also quite extroverted around strangers, not at all bashful about checking out the possibilities for a few playmates or a lap to curl up on when visitors come to call.

Ocicats are quite bright and easily trained. Many will fetch, walk on a leash, respond to voice commands and readily adapt to household rules. Because of their adaptability, they are a joy to work with and easily get used to traveling. Their sociable nature may make them less suited than some other breeds to being left alone for long periods of time, but it does make them a good choice for a household already blessed with other cats or dogs.

Though Ocicats fill the need for the exotic, they are easy to keep and require no special care. Their diets are the same as any domestic and their short coats need only the occasional bathing and grooming. They are not prone to any particular health problem and their broad genetic background gives them vigor and vitality.

There has been tremendous controversy about the genetics of inheritance associated with the spotted pattern. In the earlier days of the cat fancy, when life was simpler, all patterned cats were believed to display one of the three tabby patterns: ticked (Aby), mackerel (tiger striped), or classic (blotched or bull's eye). The spotted pattern of the Ocicat, at least on the better examples of the breed, is notedly different from other spotted breeds or varieties. While some believe this comes from a different gene altogether, there is no conclusive evidence and it might be that selective breeding is responsible for the Ocicat's lovely pattern.

Ocicats come in many colors and at least all those colors associated with the three foundation breeds: tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver, and fawn silver.

Co-Ordinating Cat Control Council of Australia (CCCA) Ocicat breed standard

OCICAT

 

GENERAL  STANDARD

 

The Ocicat is a medium to large, well-spotted agouti cat of moderate type. It displays the look of an athletic animal, well muscled and solid, graceful and lithe, yet with a fullness of body and chest. It is alert to its surroundings and shows great vitality, being particularly noted for its wild appearance. Males are generally larger than females.

 

HEAD:           The skull is a modified wedge showing a slight curve from muzzle to cheek, with a visible, but gentle, rise from the bridge of the nose to the brow. The muzzle is broad and well defined with a suggestion of squareness and in profile shows good length. The chin is strong and the jaw firm with a level bite. The moderate whisker break is not too severe. An allowance for jowls is made in mature males.

 

EARS:            Alert, moderately large, set so as to corner the upper, outside dimensions of the head. If an imaginary horizontal line is drawn across the brow, the ears should be set at a 45 degree angle, i.e., neither too high nor too low.  Ear tufts are desirable.

 

EYES:             Large, almond shaped and angling slightly upwards toward the ears, with more than the width of an eye between them.

 

NOSE:            Broad and wider than an eye width. In profile, the nose is straight, apart from a slight bump called a beesting at the very end. This is expected in kittens and is likely in adults, especially in young adults.

 

CHEEKS:       Show a slight curve from muzzle to brow. The moderate whisker break is not too severe.

 

JAWS:            Firm, broad and well defined with a suggestion of squareness and in profile shows good length.

 

CHIN:            Firm. In profile, of good depth and in a vertical line with the tip of the nose.

 

NECK:           Strong and arched.

 

BODY:           Solid, hard, rather long, with depth and fullness but never coarse. Medium to large with substantial bone and muscle development, yet with an athletic appearance and should have surprising weight for its size. There should be some depth of chest with ribs slightly sprung, the back is level to slightly higher in the rear, and the flank reasonably level. Preference is given to the athletic, powerful and lithe, and objection taken to the bulky or coarse. The overall structure and quality of this cat should be of greater consideration than mere size alone.

 

TAIL:             Fairly long, medium-slim with only a slight taper and a gently rounded dark tip at the very end.

 

LEGS:            Of good substance and well muscled, medium-long, powerful and in good proportion to the body.

 

PAWS:            Oval and compact, in proportion to legs.

 

CONDITION: Perfect, muscular physical condition is required, with an alert appearance.

 

SCALE  OF  POINTS

 

                        Head                                                                          15

                        Ears                                                                              5         

                        Eye shape and set                                                       5          25

 

                        Body                                                                           15

                        Legs and paws                                                             5

                        Tail                                                                               5          25

 

                        Eye colour                                                                    5

                        Coat Colour                                                                 5

                        Contrast                                                                     10

                        Pattern                                                                       20

                        Coat texture & Length                                               5          45

 

                        Condition                                                                     5            5

 

                        Total                                                                                       100

 

FAULTS / PENALTIES

 

REFER TO GENERAL LIST OF FAULTS FOR ALL BREEDS, PLUS:

 

PENALISE:

Lack of distinct markings.

                        Faint or blurred spotting.

                        Elongated spots tending towards a mackerel pattern.

                        Woolly coat.

                        Unbroken necklaces.

 

WITHHOLD:

Bulkiness or coarseness.

                        White locket or spotting.

                        White anywhere other than around the eyes, nostrils, chin and upper throat, except for white agouti ground in silvered colours.

                        Blue eyes.

 

NOTE:            Red, cream or tortoiseshell is not allowed.


COAT  AND  COLOUR

 

COAT AND COLOUR: All colours should be clear and pleasing. The lightest colour is usually found on the face around the eyes and on the chin and lower jaw. The darkest colour is found on the tip of the tail. Contrast is scored separately.

 

                        The determining factor in answering any questions as to the correct colour of an Ocicat will be the colour of the tail tip without any comparison to the colour of other body markings.

 

CONTRAST: Distinctive markings should be clearly seen from any orientation. Those on the face, legs and tail may be darker than those on the body. Ground colour may be darker on the saddle and lighter on the underside, chin and lower jaw. Penalties should be given if spotting is faint or blurred; though it must be remembered that pale colours will show less contrast than darker ones.

 

COAT TEXTURE AND LENGTH: Short, smooth and satiny with a lustrous sheen. Short, close lying and sleek, yet long enough to accommodate the necessary bands of colour. There should be no suggestion of woolliness.

 

TICKING:     All hairs except the tip of the tail have two or more bands of ticking.

 

EYE COLOUR: All eye colours except blue are allowed. There is no correspondence between eye colour and coat colour. Depth of colour is preferred.

 

 

PATTERN

 

The Ocicat is recognised in only the spotted coat pattern for show purposes. Marbled or classic tabby patterns are to be registered as AOV Ocicat, for breeding only and are not to be shown.

 

There is an intricate tabby "M" on the forehead, with markings extending up over the head between the ears and breaking into small spots on the lower neck and shoulders. Mascara markings are found around the eyes and on cheeks. Rows of round spots run along the spine from shoulder blade to tail. The tail has horizontal brush strokes down the top, ideally alternating with spots and a dark tip. Spots are scattered across the shoulders and hindquarters, extending as far as possible down the legs. There are broken bracelets on the lower legs and broken necklaces at the throat, the more broken the better.

 

Large well-scattered thumbprint-shaped spots appear on the sides of the body, with a subtle suggestion of part of the classic tabby pattern - a spot circled by spots in place of a bull's eye. The belly is also well spotted. The eyes are rimmed with the darker coat colour and surrounded by the lightest colour. Penalties should be given for elongated spots following a mackerel pattern.


OCICAT  COLOURS

 

SOLID COLOUR GROUP

 

TAWNY

 

Coat colour:   Black or dark brown spotting on a ruddy or bronze agouti ground.

Nose leather: Brick red rimmed with black.

Paw pads:       Black or seal.

Tail tip:           Black.

 

BLUE

 

Coat colour:   Blue spotting on a pale blue or buff agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with dark blue.

Paw pads:       Blue.

Tail tip:           Blue.

 

CHOCOLATE

 

Coat colour:   Chocolate spotting on a warm ivory agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with chocolate.

Paw pads:       Chocolate-pink.

Tail tip:           Chocolate.

 

LILAC

 

Coat colour:   Lilac spotting on a pale buff or ivory agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with dark lavender.

Paw pads:       Lavender pink.

Tail tip:           Lilac.

 

CINNAMON

 

Coat colour:   Cinnamon spotting on a warm ivory agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with cinnamon.

Paw pads:       Pink or rose.

Tail tip:           Cinnamon.

 

FAWN

 

Coat colour:   Fawn spotting on a pale ivory agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with fawn.

Paw pads:       Pink.

Tail tip:           Fawn.


SILVER GROUP

 

BLACK SILVER

 

Coat colour:   Black spotting on a pale silver/white agouti ground.

Nose leather: Brick red rimmed with black.

Paw pads:       Black.

Tail tip:           Black.

 

BLUE SILVER

 

Coat colour:   Blue spotting on a white agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with dark blue.

Paw pads:       Blue.

Tail tip:           Blue.

 

CHOCOLATE SILVER

 

Coat colour:   Chocolate spotting on a white agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with chocolate.

Paw pads:       Chocolate-pink.

Tail tip:           Chocolate.

 

LILAC SILVER

 

Coat colour:   Lilac spotting on a white agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with dark lavender.

Paw pads:       Lavender pink.

Tail tip:           Lilac.

 

CINNAMON SILVER

 

Coat colour:   Cinnamon spotting on a white agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with cinnamon.

Paw pads:       Pink or rose.

Tail tip:           Cinnamon.

 

FAWN SILVER

 

Coat colour:   Fawn spotting on a white agouti ground.

Nose leather: Pink rimmed with fawn.

Paw pads:       Pink.

Tail tip:           Fawn.