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Mahlon G. Kelly mgk at darwin.clas.Virginia.EDU
Tue Jul 18 21:01:45 EST 1995

Re. feline genetics. I have noticed that a cross betwen a tabby
and a pure-bred siamese will produce more than 1/2 50% pure
black kittens, and they preserve their black pigmentation until
old age, when a few white hairs and white wiskwas (cat spelling
for vibrisae) will appear. 

Several vets have confirmed that they have seen the same.
Purebred Siamese breeders deny it. "MY cats breed with a tabby?
Don't be rediculous". At any rate, is there any genetic basis
for this? I find that the literature on cat genetics is sparse
indeed. It is mostly anecdotal, and could have been written
before Mendel.
Associate Professor (Emeritus)
University of Virginia
mgk at darwin.clas.virginia.edu

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