Bi-Color and calico Persians are simply Persians that display the distinctive "piebald gene" that is present in all domestic species of animals and in no wild species. Calicos, "sex linked to color" always female, were accepted for championship status in 1955. Bi-colors were accepted in 1971. Tabby with white were accepted around the early 90's.
The solid color division consisted of blue, black & white when CFA was formed in 1906. In 1911 red and cream were added, today there is a total of 8 colors. We breed black, red, blue & cream, but mostly blacks and blues.
The red classic and brown classic
tabby were accepted for Championship status in 1906. In 1933, CFA's first Grand
Champion was a red classic tabby imported from England. In 1961 the blue tabby
was accepted and in 1964 the cream tabby. There are two tabby patterns, classic
(1906) and mackerel (1964). We breed brown, blue, and red tabbies in both
The patched tabby, ( "sex linked to color" always female), is like that of the parti-colors, except with tabby markings. They were accepted in the mid 70's. We breed brown patched, ( a brown tabby with red patches ), and blue patched ( a blue tabby with cream patches).
The Legend of the Tabby "M"
Early on the morning that the Christ Child was born, Mary was tired from labor, and Joseph was out searching for food for his family. The Holy Baby started to cry and nothing seemed to console him. The stable animals looked worried as they did not know how to quiet the tiny babe. The cat responded, "I think I know what to do" And so the cat crawled into the crude manger and began purring. The Holy Babe listened to the quiet, happy sound and fell into a restful sleep.
As a gift, Mary touched the cat on the head and said " For soothing my baby and purring him to sleep so that I might rest, you shall forever carry this mark," And that is why today that tabbies have an "M" on their forehead, for the world to see.
In the late 30’s and early 40’s, breeders were working diligently to lay the foundation for the pointed Persian (Himalayan) by breeding or crossing the Persian with the Siamese. These first generation offspring produced color point carriers (CPC’s), solid colored Persians carrying the color point gene. In 1957, The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (CFA), recognized the Himalayan for breed status. They are now classified as a pointed Persian.
Parti Color Division
The parti-color division is " sex-linked to color", they are always female. A parti-color is a solid color cat with patches of color, and the division consists of 4 colors. Blue cream was the first to be accepted by CFA in the late 40's to early 50's. and then tortoiseshell. We breed tortoiseshells, (a black cat with red patches), and blue cream, (a blue cat with patches of cream).
Smoke and Shaded Division
The Shaded and Smoke division includes the shell and shaded cameos. The cats in this division all have white undercoats and are tipped with their defining color. When they are in motion, you can see their bright white undercoat. Smokes come in six colors: black, blue, cream, cameo (red), tortoiseshell, and blue-cream.
Silver and Golden Division
The Silver & Golden Division consists of chinchillas and shaded silvers and golden. These cats all have green or blue-green eye color. These cats have unique black eye liner and lip liner, their nose pad is either brick red or rose. Shadeds show a black mantle on the back and shading evenly down the sides. The goldens have a warm, rich cream ground color (instead of white) tipped in black.
There is a picture and more detailed description of each division