A Brindle Cat is a cat with a mixture of coat color patterns, mostly consistent throughout the skin or in patches.
Some are characterized by other color patterns such as striped, dotted, lined, flecked, banded, or even swirled around the shoulders, neck, flanks, sides, abdomen, legs, and even the tail.
What causes brindling?
When in the embryo stage, a kitten’s X chromosome randomly expresses different alleles responsible for color codes.
Types of brindled cats
Mosaic – this is the most common type, and features a cat coat with the color codes mixed at random and spread all over the body. Chimera – for this type, a cat has one color code on one side and another color on the other side.
How long do brindle cats live?
Most cats, including Brindle Cats, have a life span of 14 – 20 years, some even living longer than that.