Cross breeding is activity to combine sperm cells and egg cells from two different types of individual animals to produce a new individual. Initially this progress was used to help endangered animals to maintain their species so they took cells from both males and females and carried out fertilization outside and then put the fertilized cells into the female body again. But over time the technology was used to modify the breeding of an animal.
One that is often used as cross-breeding material is Tabby Cat. Tabby cat is a type of domestic cat (Felis catus) that has a pattern of fur lines, dots, or patterns that swirl. They are also known as sign that resemble the letter ‘M’ on the forehead. Many people misunderstand the sign on their forehead. People think that this sign is only owned by Tabby Cat, even though this sign is also found in various other types of cats. Actually, Tabby is kind of pattern cat hair. It is not a type of cat.
This cat has several original patterns according to population observations.
- Mackerel tabby
Mackerel tabby has a body pattern of vertical lines, soft curves on the sides of the body. The lines are narrow and may be continuous or broken into bars and spots on the wings and abdomen. The “M” shape also appears on their foreheads along with dark lines on the cat’s cheeks to the corners of their eyes.
- Classic tabby
Classic tabby is also known as “Blotched” or “Marbled”. This type of cat can’t only has a dark brown, ochres, and black pattern but also occurs in all colors except white. The classic tabby has an “M” on their foreheads. Not only that, they also have body marks that have a rotating pattern or often called a “bullseye”.
- Ticked tabby
Ticked tabby has agouti feathers, which are feathers with different colored ribbons on them. The rest of the ghost lines or “barriers” are often seen in the lower legs, face, and abdomen. Sometimes this line is also found at the tail end. In addition, the Ticked tabby also has a long dark line that stretches along the back. Usually in the spine.
- Spotted tabby
Spotted tabby is a modified Mackerel cat pattern so that the usual lines on the Mackerel tabby appear as spot on Spotted tabby. Both large spot and small spot patterns can be seen in the Australian Mist, Bengal, Serengeti, Savannah, Egyptian Mau, Arabian Mau, Maine Coon, and Ocicat breeds.
As mentioned before that Tabby cat usually used to cross-breeding, here is some cross-breeding fact of Tabby cat that you should know.
- There is no one color breeding
The results of cross-breeding tabby paint always have two colors, at least it will always be two colors. These two colors may be the same color but one is darker and the other is brighter. There are also some cross-breeding results that have more than two colors. But at least they must have two.
- The pattern is always straight and dot
The pattern produced by cross-breeding tabby paint will always be lines and dots. Tabby cat breeds may have a spiral pattern. Spirals are also part of the line, right? So, it all still has to do with lines and dots.
- Available everywhere in the world
Uniquely, this cross-breeding network is available throughout the world. In almost all countries, it is very easy to find this kind of Tabby cat breeding. Even wild cats in the desert and in the forest are also descended from Tabby cat breed because the pattern on their body are tabby pattern. Then, are tiger and leopard also descended from tabby? Well, what is clear is that they are a race of cats but bigger.
- ‘M’ forehead isn’t always tabby
As mentioned before, ‘M’ forehead isn’t always tabby’s own. Another cat race which is not of cross-breeding also has this sign. What’s the clear is this ‘M’ isn’t belong to big cat.
With whatever crosses, as long as the offspring produced are healthy, normal, and live a long life, cross-breeding must be supported by its existence. In its journey, researchers will surely develop this technology to make it more sophisticated. It is possible that in the future it may not be a fellow tabby paint that will be cross-breeding but maybe another animal.
Well, this crossing may have been done for years, maybe since when people don’t understand the progress of cross-breeding with technology and do it all with traditional pattern. Modern and traditional are not a problem as long as the essence obtained is appropriate.