Not all of these stunning cats are tabby cats. Silver Moon has, I believe a shaded silver coat. Apparently the shaded silver (if I am correct!) is quite rare because the coat type is difficult to develop whilst retaining the classic and desirable American Shorthair head shape. As there are few breeders breeding this coat type the gene pool is narrow so outcrossing takes place with tabby American Shorthairs that produces ticked tabbies1. The classic ticked tabby is the Abyssinian cat.
The ticked tabby is not as yet an accepted show coat type by the CFA. As you probably guessed, the silver tabby is a popular colour for this breed. It makes this cat look stunning but these are fantastic quality coats. The markings are very dense and high contrast when set against the silver, a perfect background for the tabby pattern. These cats have the classic patched or blotched tabby pattern. The others are mackerel and spotted. A silver tabby American Shorthair changed the course of the history of this cat breed in 1965 when it won the United States Cat of the Year award prompting the authorities to rename the breed from “Domestic Shorthair” to “American Shorthair”. The breed got its own name and it hasn’t look back. It is still in the top ten of most popular cat breeds because of its history and balanced appearance supported by a nice temperament.