Who has a Tortie Girl?

September 16, 2008 | By Anonymous

Because of the way tortoiseshell is inherited, almost all tortoiseshell and calico cats are female. The very few male tortoiseshell cats are caused by genetic aberration or development abnormalities in the foetus.

Jean Bungartz referred to tortoiseshell-and-white cats as "Spanish cats" in his 1896 book "Die Hauskatze, ihre Rassen und Variet├Ąten" (Housecats, Their Races and Varieties) in " Illustriertes Katzenbuch" (An Illustrated Book of Cats) though he said it was hard to explain why they got the name as they were not restricted to the Pyrenean peninsula.

SOURCE: www.messybeast.com/tricolours.htm
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