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Congratulations to Gail Harley, Blanford Persians for bringing the odd-eyed white Bi/Tri colours into the open, (Our Cats, 15.7.05 and 30.12.05), and good luck Gail, we hope that all your hard work and research will help to get these recognised by the GCCF, for they are certainly recognised in other European Countries and the USA. One only has to turn to the Internet and view some of the websites of cat breeders in other countries to realise that these odd eyed cats have a great following, and I have to say that some of these cats viewed on the ’net have been absolutely stunning.

When Gail first told me about her odd-eyed white bi-coloured kittens I went to my files to look out the pedigree of a tabby and white kitten I had bought in the summer of 2004. as I knew his pedigree was similar to that of Gail’s stud cat.

Having been very successful with our Persian Brown Tabby breeding - Grand Champions/ Premiers, Champions/ Premiers - under our prefixes Jayjon and Rejuta and knowing that our push for other tabby coat patterns and the rest of the series 8 breeds to be recognised for championships status was about to be granted, Reg and I decided to move into tabby and white breeding, whilst still retaining a much smaller concentration in the Brown Tabbies.

Yes, our cat’s pedigree showed the same lines as Gail’s and there, third and fourth generation were cats with breed numbers 2 and 2a (Blue-eyed white and orange eyed white respectively) - ah, that’s where the odd-eyes had originated from in these bi/tri coloured kittens - or so I thought!!!!!

Why did I think this, well my introduction to the Cat Fancy was made in the form of an Odd-eyed white (deaf) male who I bought in 1978 and showed as a neuter. I enjoyed showing him so much that I decided to breed my own kittens to show and went back and bought his white sister. Teddy, however was orange eyed. In my naivety I thought that as she had an odd-eyed brother I could get odd eyed whites from her.

Her first mate was chosen and his owner told me what colours to expect in the litter - Teddy produced three kittens in the litter, two conformed to what I had been told and the third one I was told was “not possible”, however the GCCF registered the litter and a later conversation with a judge who owned the grand sire of my kittens brought forth the explanation that Teddy had bred true to form from her pedigree as white was not a colour but a mask.


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Hard for a novice breeder to understand, but, over the next seven years, subsequent matings proved what this judge had told me was correct and there were no odd-eyed white kittens born to Teddy until in the last of her breeding years she was mated, for the first time, to a white male. His pedigree carried mainly self blue, interspersed with whites, blue eyed and orange eyed, and one of her kittens was odd eyed and deaf, so I presumed that because white cats of these eye colours were in her pedigree, the odd-eye was an hereditary/genetic thing.

The inclusion of Julia May’s letter in Gail’s last article makes interesting reading especially the part which says that the odd-eyes are a natural phenomenon when mating takes place between two hi-white patched cats. As a lot of breeders are breeding these cats then surely there are others besides Gail who have had odd-eyed bi/tri-coloured kittens in a litter.

The GCCF give odd-eyed bi-coloured cats the same breed numbers as their orange eyed counterparts - the only difference is that as the odd eyes are not included in the approved Standard of Points they cannot be shown. Persian Tabby breeders have lived with a similar situation for years, the Classic Persian Brown Tabby and the Mackerel pattern Persian Brown Tabby both have Breed number 8, but only the Classic Tabbies have Championship status - thankfully from the beginning of June this year this has been remedied.

I hope that breeders of bi/tri-coloured cats who have odd-eyed kittens in their litters will support Gail in her move to get them recognised by sending her details of such kittens. When Gail has information as to the numbers of odd-eyed bi/tri-coloured kittens born she can complete her findings for presentation to her BAC. If they were sufficient in number then it would be sensible to push ahead an application for recognition. Details of how to contact Gail are contained in her article printed in OUR CATS, 30 December 2005.

My tabby and white boy is not hi-white, neither will he be mated to any hi-white patched females in the near future so it would seem he is unlikely to sire odd-eyed patched kittens, but he does have blue eyed whites and orange eyed whites in his pedigree so I will just have to wait and see.