G-Harley Your Honor

Born on February 14, 2018
Parents: V-Stefa & Xavier

Harley is a British Shorthair male born in Ukraine at Your Honor cattery. Born on Valentine’s Day, he turns out to be the ideal lover. Knight serving these ladies that he conquers by his delicacy and patience, he is the father of a few litters at my friend Sylvie of Les Gummis en Sucre cattery, her owner, and at my home.

During his stay of almost a year at the Clos d’Eugénie in 2020, he had 2 litters, offering us our dear Radieuse Miss.

On the look side, he is a cat of good size, with an excellent bone structure, a rather short body and a very big head of a reproductive male. He has very beautiful eyes. His clear coat is very bright and his color is Fawn. He is a very beautiful British Shorthair male.

On the character side, he is a very easy-going cat who transmits his good character to his children. Food lover and playful, he has all the qualities expected in our breed. Round inside, round outside: he is a big teddy bear.

Harley’s presentation gives me the opportunity to tell you about its particular color.

Fawn is a color that few people recognize with the naked eye because the difference is subtle with the lilac color. Some people also confuse fawn with cream.

First of all, it is important to know that there are two genes that can determine the color of a solid color cat:
  • The base color gene,

  • and the dilution gene.

The dilution gene dilutes the base color. Cats necessarily receive the gene of the base color from the mother and the father. On the other hand, the dilution gene may not be present.

The 3 basic colors are :

  • black,

  • chocolate,

  • and cinnamon.

Red and white follow particular rules that I will not discuss here in detail.

From a genetic point of view:

  • black dominates chocolate and cinnamon,

  • chocolate dominates cinnamon,

  • cinnamon is therefore dominated by black and chocolate.

The color cinnamon appeared in the Abyssinian and since then it has been introduced in many breeds by the work of breeders who wanted to obtain this color in their breed.

In their diluted expression (when the dilution gene is present) :

  • black becomes blue,

  • chocolate becomes lilac,

  • and cinnamon becomes fawn.

Being fawn therefore means being genetically diluted cinnamon. 

Dilution is a recessive gene. Therefore, to be blue, lilac or fawn, you must have received the dilution gene from both parents.

In conclusion, to be fawn, one must receive from both parents the cinnamon gene (recessive base color gene) and the dilution gene (recessive gene). So Harley carries only the cinnamon gene and the dilution gene. Since we can only transmit what we carry genetically, all Harley kittens receive the cinnamon color gene and the dilution gene.

When one cannot say with certainty the color of a cat, it is possible to perform genetic testing at specialized laboratories. This allows to have the right colors on the pedigrees.