Colour: White with Patches of Colour
A new experimental breed created in England the 1980s.
Domestic Breed. A new experimental breed created in England the 1980s.
Appearance: Oriental build, with slim, elegant body, long neck and legs, and wedge-shaped head with large ears. The coat is white with splashes of colour. The markings are divided into three types:
(1) Seychellois Septième: White, with coloured tail, and large patches of colour on the head, body and legs.
(2) Seychellois Huitième: White, with coloured tail, and small patches of colour on the head and legs.
(3) Seychellois Neuvième: Almost entirely white, with a coloured tail and only small patches of colour on the head.
There are both short-haired and long-haired versions. The eyes are blue.
History: A report on the cats of the Seychelles was the inspiration for this breed. British breeder Pat Turner of Milton Keynes set about re-creating the Seychelles coat pattern which consisted of a white ground colour with small splashes of colour and a fully coloured tail. Her breeding programme began in 1984, in co-operation with another British breeder, Julie Smith. As foundation stock, they used two female tortie and white Persians and two male Siamese. By back-crossing the offspring of these matings to Siamese and Oriental cats, the Seychelles pattern was improved, and has been further strengthened with each subsequent generation.
The first fully developed Seychellois Cats in the programme were named Félicité, Victoria, Amirante and Thérèse and the first two of these were used to introduce the breed at a cat show in 1988 - the first to be exhibited under the new name. In 1989 a Seychellois Cat Society was formed and the future of the breed was assured.
Personality: Terms used to describe this breed include: Athletic, scatterbrained, demanding and demonstrative.
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