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Tufts
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Maverick
Maverick  
My cat Maverick has a tuxedo colored coat, but I'm not sure about what breed he might be.  He is extremely playful and loves climbing and seems to be able to get up on top of anything and everything.  I began to get curious when I noticed he had grown tufts behind his ears and some of his fur by the back side of his front and front side of his back legs lightened from black to more of a gray color.  His tail has also gotten extremely fluffy from when I first adopted him.  I adopted him from a family friend who lives on a farm.  I have a grandma that lives on a farm and have seen plenty of farm cats in my day but none with the qualities as distinct as Mavericks, so it made me wonder.   Any ideas on what breed he might be?

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Brandy,

Most long haired cats in the feral population originated from the Maine Coon.  Technically, Maverick is a black and white domestic semi-longhaired cat.

As for the tufts, how old is Maverick? It could be a coat change. See if they disappear?

Best regards... Norm.

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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