In this table, we are just looking at the
inheritability of the agouti gene which is designated as "A"
(agouti) and the recessive form "a" (non-agouti). The color of
the lynx and non-lynx offspring will be any color that could be expected
from the sire and dam. There are several different tabby patterns in
felines. All cats have two genes for tabby pattern, even if they are not
lynx. The agouti gene turns the tabby pattern on. Most colorpoint breeds
have been selectively bred for the ticked (Aby) tabby pattern to avoid
the barring and striping referred to as ghost striping in non-tabby
cats. When you add the bolder striping patterns of the mackerel or
classic tabbies to a pointed breed, you may end up with the traditional
(non-lynx) kittens from these breedings having undesirable barring in
the points. This should be avoided in colorpoint breeds.