What is a harlequin cat?
A harlequin cat is a cat with a predominantly white coat and a few colour-patches. The picture shows you:
|Harlequin cat. Photo: Buzzfeed|
Harlequin cats are not a cat breed. We are describing a type of cat coat. The pattern is caused by the white-spotting gene (piebald gene) which masks the cat's true colour. It usually appears in irregular patches. favouring the lower parts of the body.
Associated: White spotting gene charts
Other variants of white and black cats caused by the white spotting gene are:
- Mitted: white paws
- Locket: white patch on chest
- Buttons: several small white belly-patches
- Bicolour: half white and half coloured in patches
- Harlequin: as mentioned above
- Van: white coat with inverted V colour patch on the top of the head near the ears and on the tail
- Tuxedo: black cat with white legs, underside and chest or just a white chest
- Jellicle cat: black and white cat sometimes called jellicle cat.