Of English, or short-haired cats, the best white are those from a

tortoiseshell mother, and as often some of the best blacks. These whites

are generally of soft yellow, or sandy tint of white. Although they have

pink noses, as also are the cushions of their feet, they are not

Albinos, not having the peculiar pink or red eyes, nor are they

deficient in sight. I have seen and examined with much care some

hundreds of white cats, but have never yet seen one with pink eyes,

though it has been asserted that such exist, and there is no reason why

they should not. Still, I am inclined to think they do not, and the pale

blue eyes, or the red tinted blue, like those of the Siamese, take the

place of it in the feline race; neither have I ever seen a white horse

with pink eyes, but I find it mentioned in one of the daily papers that

among other presents to the Emperor of Russia, the Bokhara Embassy took

with them ten thoroughbred saddle-horses of different breeds, one of

them being a magnificent animal--a pure white stallion with blue eyes.

The cold gray-white is the opposite of the black, and this knowledge

should not be lost sight of in mating. It generally has yellow or light

orange eyes. This colour, in a male, may be crossed with the

yellow-white with advantage, when more strength of constitution is

required; but otherwise I deem the best matching is that of two

yellow-white, both with blue eyes, for soft hair, elegance, and beauty;

but even a black male and a white female produce whites, and sometimes

blacks, but the former are generally of a coarse description, and harsh

in coat by comparison. I think the blue-eyed white are a distinct breed

from the common ordinary white cat, nor do I remember any such being

bred from those with eyes of yellow colour.

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