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The Color of Gold

I ran across an article in the June 1989 issue of The Silver Lining, dealing with golden color, which is so good that I want to share the information and hope that you find it interesting. I have also combined some general information on goldens.

Golden kittens are born almost black and most have mackerel or classic tabby markings. The kitten's temple area usually indicates the adult color. The brighter the gold color the brighter the adult coat will be.

The goldens can go through color changes before reaching adulthood and some goldens do not reach their true color until the age of two or three years. Goldens under two years of age without leg or body bars and that have an evenly tipped coat are rare. Goldens come in different hues of gold.

The colors can usually be broken into six color groups. The amount of tipping on the cat determines whether it is chinchilla, shaded, or tabby. Chinchilla and shaded goldens ideally should have no barring but ghost bars are sometimes seen on chinchilla's and shaded's sometimes have bars on the front legs. Barring is a fault in the chinchilla and shaded cats. At this time golden tabbies are not recognized for championship status in CFA.

The following color groups address the color of the cat between the root of the hair to where the tipping begins.


While these six color groups are not officially recognized, experienced golden breeders can identify kittens in their litters and coats on the show bench by these color groups. All goldens fall into one or the other, and whichever color you prefer is a matter of choice.