Persian—Silver Tabby cat resting on a blue blanket.

Persian—Silver Tabby Cat Breed

A silky, silvery-coated version of the traditional tabby, this is one of the most attractive longhairs.

Some of the most delicately colored Persians of all are the Silver Tabbies. These cats have well-defined tabby coat patterns, but the warm coppery ground colors of the traditional tabby are replaced by a silvery or bluish-white undercoat.

Bicolor Silver Tabby cats have clear white areas, preferably as a minimum on the muzzle, chest, underparts, and sometimes legs. In the Tricolors an additional color, such as a shade of red or brown, is blended into the coat.

In these tabby cats, an inhibitor gene restricts color to the tips of the hairs.

Origin: UK, 1800s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Silver tabby; tortie silver tabby; all with white patches.