Sokoke? Bengal?

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Domestic shorthair tabby unless you have papers from a breeder. Cats aren't mixes of breeds like dogs. In fact, due to the overpopulation and decades of domestics breeding with domestics, the majority of cats don't have any purebred ancestry at all and are just called domestic short or long hair. All we can do is think about what breeds they may resemble. Characteristics and markings and personalities are very widespread among the general cat population. Even color pointed cats are not necessarily Siamese mixes.

Where did your baby come from? His markings are gorgeous.
 
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Domestic shorthair tabby unless you have papers from a breeder. Cats aren't mixes of breeds like dogs. In fact, due to the overpopulation and decades of domestics breeding with domestics, the majority of cats don't have any purebred ancestry at all and are just called domestic short or long hair. All we can do is think about what breeds they may resemble. Characteristics and markings and personalities are very widespread among the general cat population. Even color pointed cats are not necessarily Siamese mixes.

Where did your baby come from? His markings are gorgeous.
We found him as a stray. 😭 Hes the best cat ever. He even likes car rides! 😆
 

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He can have a bengal as granddad, but may also be a "purebred" moggie... :)
 

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Are you sure that Tobias is a boy? In your first picture, the tabby markings appear mottled with red-brown, which makes me wonder if Tobias is a patched tabby / torbie.
 

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Rounded ear tips, high paws, strong looking tail, back legs longer than front, small head, square muzzle, black mascara around eyes..could have marbled Bengal in there somewhere.
My first thought was marble Bengal.

I had Bengals a few years ago and looked at both rosetted and marbled cats. Looks very much like the markings on the marbled cats to me.... Especially with that tummy in cream.

Gorgeous boy either way. :)
 

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My first thought was marble Bengal.

I had Bengals a few years ago and looked at both rosetted and marbled cats. Looks very much like the markings on the marbled cats to me.... Especially with that tummy in cream.

Gorgeous boy either way. :)
We have a marbled foster with cream tummy. He is def a DSH through and through, though 😆
 

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We have a marbled foster with cream tummy. He is def a DSH through and through, though 😆
Just looked again at pics of the marble Bengals and their coats do seem to be much more distinct in terms of the patterns :) the marbles did always look fairly similar to tabbies but with a hefty price tag....

When I had Bengals I was always keener on the rosetted / spotted cats if I'm honest though! :)

He's still gorgeous, whatever he is :redheartpump:
 

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He is an absolutely stunning Classic Tabby Domestic Shorthair.

That's what his colouring is called, but in my neck of the woods they are fairly rare and Mackerel tabbies are more.....um....classic. :lol:
One of the nice things about the recent popularity of Bengals is that these swirls and bullseyes seem to be more popular than they used to be.

I'm not sure if Tobias has any Bengal blood in him or not, but cats are backward from dogs that way: all Bengals have Domestic Shorthair blood in them if you go back far enough.

American or British Shorthair cats are bred to preserve the traits of our countries' respective moggies. ASH can trace their ancestry back to the ship's cats on the Mayflower and BSH all the way back to Rome.
 

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Looking again at his rich reddish colors and pattern layout.
With the risk of again making fool of myself, I will change somewhat my first opinion. I do now think he does has some bengal ancestry. His granddad or granddads dad isnt a potential one, I think he is real.
 

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Looking again at his rich reddish colors and pattern layout.
With the risk of again making fool of myself, I will change somewhat my first opinion. I do now think he does has some bengal ancestry. His granddad or granddads dad isnt a potential one, I think he is real.
Its getting difficult with Bengals.
So many backyard breeders playing around trying to come up with different patterns and colors and failing then dumping the offspring into shelters and the street. So you end up with a purebred but bad quality pattern and coloring Bengals appearing anywhere.
I just look at the physical attributes and ignore the coat except the length of the fur.
My last Bengal you would think he was a ginger tabby at first glance, but he was purebreed and has papers with a strong line of parents...the whole litter come out biased in fur and pigmentation to the domestic cat way back in their heritage. But don't ask me to look at any other breed...couldn't tell if it was a wood duck or a horse.
 
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@SilverCrazy That's too bad. You'd think cat people would have more sense than to act like dog breeders but it sounds like the same old song to me. Never mind. Tobias is beautiful and he takes after the very best of the classic USAmerican DSH that is in his DNA regardless of whether he has some Bengal blood in there too.

My Willow is much stockier and looks just like any other teenager trying to pretend to be more British than she really is, she's just a teenaged cat. There's a wide variety in our moggies and they're all beautiful.

The outdoor picture of Tobias really shows off what I'm talking about. He could have walked right out of the 1960s. Beautiful animal, and I bet he's healthy too.
 

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Totally agree with all you have said.
When the price tags of Bengals goes down the backyarders will find another up and coming popular breed to make a buck out of..its pretty sad but that's the evil of money.
Tobias is a lovely cat.
And the varieties in coloring, looks, builds is amazing in moggies..their like a box of chocolates..never know what you will get..lol
 
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@SilverCrazy That's too bad. You'd think cat people would have more sense than to act like dog breeders but it sounds like the same old song to me. Never mind. Tobias is beautiful and he takes after the very best of the classic USAmerican DSH that is in his DNA regardless of whether he has some Bengal blood in there too.

My Willow is much stockier and looks just like any other teenager trying to pretend to be more British than she really is, she's just a teenaged cat. There's a wide variety in our moggies and they're all beautiful.

The outdoor picture of Tobias really shows off what I'm talking about. He could have walked right out of the 1960s. Beautiful animal, and I bet he's healthy too.
So healthy!!! Rambunctious and wild too lol
 
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