Like the British Shorthair, the Highlander can come in both single- and multi-coloured varieties. The colour patterns vary from classic black, chocolate, cinnamon and red, to so-called “dilutions”, such as blue, lilac, fawn and cream. Black-white and three coloured cats are also common amongst long-haired house cats. Many are also “shaded”, with just the tips showing the specific colour, which makes for a beautiful effect in the Highlander’s long fur.
Of the more than 300 colour varieties, the most important and popular have been summarised below:
Colour-point: just the tips of the body are coloured in this variety, including face, ears, legs, tail and, for tomcats, the genital area.
Chinchilla: the British Shorthair Chinchilla has very interesting colouring, with around an eighth of the hair in the same base colour as the black variety, and the rest silver-white.
Tabby: this means more than just tiger-striped! Depending on the appearance of the colour, a Tabby variety can be “mackrel”, “classic”, “blotched”, “spotted” or “ticked”.
Tortie: this three-coloured British Longhair is also known as “tortoiseshell”. Due to its genetic background, British Longhair Torties are, as a rule, always female.
Torbie: these cats are a colour combination of Tortie and Tabby.
Two-toned: each colour combines with white. “Harlequin” has just 1/6 of the fur coloured, “van” has a high white proportion, and “bicolour” has an equal combination of white and coloured.