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Cat genetics for coat, ears and tail

Longhair and shorthair

The gene for longhair is recessive. The differences in length of coat one can see in comparing a Persian with a semi-longhair cat, for instance a Ragdoll, is due to modifying polygenes, that is genes with plus or minus effects, depend on the variation of the degree of longhair to shorthair.

Denominations: L = shorthair
               l = longhair