Dear Christopher Cat
I am writing a term paper for school on cat breeds. The only cat I can’t figure out is my own cat, Tigger, who is just a regular barn cat. A photo is attached to this letter. What breed is he?
Tigger is a handsome domestic short-hair, abbreviated DSH, sometimes referred to as a mixed-breed cat.
Many of us cats refer to his black and white coat pattern as tuxedo, because it appears that he wears a black coat and trousers, and the cuffs and front of his “shirt” are white.
While Tigger is a DSH, I am a DLH, or domestic long-hair cat. I am a tall boy, and like Tigger, I was born in a barn.
Because of my large size, heavy coat, tufted ears and feet, and gentle playfulness, many people mistake me for a Maine coon cat.
But I am typical of most American cats: I am of mixed ancestry.
Although a DNA test can determine which breeds constitute a mixed-breed dog, there is no such test for us cats.
So Tigger can proudly carry the rather ordinary “breed” name of DSH.