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Brown Tabby

For the purpose of breeding rich brown black-striped tabbies, a male of

a rich dark rufous or red tabby should be selected, the bands being

regular and not too broad, the lighter or ground colour showing well

between the lines; if the black lines are very broad, it is then a

black, striped with brown, instead of a brown with black, which is

wrong. With this match a female of a good brown ground colour, marked

with dens
, not broad, black bands, having clear, sharply defined edges.

Note also that the centre line of the back is a distinct line, with the

brown ground colour on which it is placed being in no way interspersed

with black, and at least as broad as the black line; by this cross

finely-marked kittens of a brilliant colour may be expected. But if the

progeny are not so bright as required, and the ground colour not glowing

enough, then, when the young arrive at maturity, mate with a dark-yellow

red tabby either male or female.

Very beautiful brown tabbies are also to be found among the litters of

the female tortoiseshell, allied with a dark-brown tabby with narrow

black bars. It is a cross that may be tried with advantage for both

variety and richness of colour, among which it will not be found

difficult to find something worthy of notice.