Brown Classic Torbie Photo copyright Helmi Flick
Cat Coats Torbie? What's that? I don't know about you, but I find the myriad of combinations of cat coat types and descriptions confusing. One such confusing coat (I think) is the "Torbie". This is a combination of 2 coat types; the Tabby, which I have talked about on this page, and the Tortoiseshell. I have talked about the Black Tortoiseshell on this page.
We know that we get blotchy or striped markings with Tabby cats. We know that we get a mixed random effect of orange and black for tortoiseshell, the black color being the dominant color almost always. So we get one overlapping the other for Torbies.
If you overlay that further with dilution you get a massive range of possibilities. Here are some examples:
Silver Classic Torbie
Brown Mackerel Torbie
Brown Mackerel Torbie - there is comment about this coat, see below.
All photographs copyright Helmi Flick
Thanks too to Beth Hicks for her article on the same subject.