|Purred: Wed Oct 13, '10 4:58pm PST |
|ok, nyx looks a lot like me, and i have a lot of havana brownish traits. i am not a havana brown. i am a brown kitty who started out black smoke from a momcat who was a siamese mix. momcat had crossed eyes, kinked tail, the ears, the body, the whole megillah-she was just chocolate all over instead of chocolate pointed. who knows? go look at her pictures. her momcat is ayla, she's in her 'family', so you can see her too. wesley is her brother from a later litter, but no really recent pics of him.
we call jadyn our "natural" havana feral. i still think, looking at her characteristics and comparing them closely to breed standard, that someone could have used her in an outcross program if they'd wanted to-but why would i have done that to her? (you know, hybrid vigor. keep the phenotype, including the bottlenose, longer from front to back muzzle, but avoid compounding recessives.)
breeds happen in the first place with cats a lot of the time because someone likes a natural look and then refines it. so a lot of the time you'll find a moggie who's a ringer for a purebred-like jadyn. her brother is a ringer for a lilac havana, but those aren't as generally known so most people flash on russian blue with him.
yes, this is fun. and i'm happy to find someone who sees it as just fun, and i hope people don't come cruising in and wee wee on our fun, telling us we are contributing to the death of a thousand shelter cats a day because we find this subject the least bit interesting...i just find cats interesting, as well as genetics. so there. the cat i must admit is closest to me is kaya, an inbred orange tabby with OCD. not even inbred to achieve anything grand, the hoarder just let everything be all in the family. so my kaya kat is a very common mix of cat indeed...genetically speaking. but she is not common kitty. and despite my fascination, jadyn and wes are rescues-they were born under my house.
so google havana brown, see if that works for Nyx...let's just play with it.
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