The tuxedo cat is not a breed, but a color pattern. The cat is named because its black and white coloration can sometimes appear as though the cat is wearing a tuxedo. The back, legs, and head is primarily black with a white chest. Sometimes they have white feet and white markings on the face or other parts of the body. The patterns can be quite varied.
Four common cat breeds that have the black and white tuxedo appearance include the American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Manx, and the Persian cat.
Famous and popular tuxedo cats include:
- Socks – Chelsea Clinton’s cat.
- Sylvester the Cat – The Looney Tunes cat became famous for his lisp and his saying, “Suffering Succotash”.
- Felix the Cat – A star of the silent era, Felix is one of the most famous cartoons worldwide.
- Mr. Mistoffelees – One of the cats in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.