Tabby refers to coat pattern, not breed. The swirling M mark on forehead is a signature trait, dating to wildcats.
Classic, Mackerel, Spotted and Ticked are common tabby patterns. They differ in stripe and spot distribution.
Distinct markings include the M forehead swirl, necklaces, strips on limbs, and rings on the tail.
Tabby coats come in brown, grey, orange, cream and other colors. The pattern remains constant across shades.
Many breeds like American Shorthairs, Maine Coons, Bengals, and Scottish Folds can have the tabby pattern.
Tabby cats tend to be very affectionate, playful, intelligent and active. They make great family pets.
Provide toys, cat trees and interactive play to keep tabbies engaged. Groom coats weekly to reduce shedding.