CHARCOAL SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
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Charcoals are one of the unique traits coming down generationally from the Asian Leopard Cat yet it still has yet to be defined and/or separated by most all of the Cat Clubs. As of 2016, TICA's bengal breed committee is considering writing a standard for charcoals but yet may choose to leave Melanistic out of this section. Since the two are so closely tied together (you need a melanistic agouti allele in order to produce a "Midnight" Charcoal), it would be a missed opportunity to write them at the same time. After all - The Melanistic Allele influences almost all cat colors - even if they are just carriers of this trait! (See Glaze, Sparrow and Stormy on my various websites)
I'm drawn to this style because of that connected ancestry - and, also because of their beauty. The whited eye around an almost black/charcoal cat is just magnificent!