Each of these photos show a "Black Roan" Lykoi coat in various

amounts of  white (amelanistic) hair vs black hair.

With their next molt, each cat could have a darker or lighter appearance. 

Why Do Some Lykoi Look Darker Than Others?

The amount of roaning on a black show standard Lykoi can vary between individual cats, as well as each time they molt (lose their hair)! All the photos below are of show standard black Lykoi! The white hairs can comprise 30-70% of the coat.

One fun fact....Lykoi are VERY light and heat sensitive! Within only a few hours of window light they will begin to get pigment spots (kinda like liver spots). Within a few days or weeks, they will completely tan! The Lykoi skin will go pitch black! After being out of light for a few weeks, all the pigmentation goes away and they appear pink skinned again! The heat from them sleeping on a tv or xbox will have a similar effect!

One study shows black cats may be healthier than other colors. Read it HERE.

Coat Development Day 1 to 8 Months

Gobsgobblins Malice In Wonderland. Owned by Chris Shelton & Matt Geren.

Why Only Black Roan?

Blue (left) vs Black (right)

I know many people believe we are crazy (or you can insert some rather rude terms we have also been called), for focusing on the solid black roan Lykoi. So let me explain some things, as well as state a few facts!

Unless you have seen a black in person, side by side, with the other is difficult to understand what is so captivating about the black. Yes, they are ALL absolutely adorable! And each color is a truly unique kitty and we enjoy watching them grow and develop. However, the name "Lykoi" means "Wolf" and so we are literally the "wolf cat"...and only the black truly captures that other worldly mystical appearance. The other colors are adorable and unique...but don't quite scream "wolf" the same way!

The original Lykoi standard was based on "Lining Wolfie" and he was solid black. We didn't set about to create these cats....we wanted to stick as close as possible to what was naturally born in the feral population. These cats are unique miracles and we want to keep our plan as close as possible to the originals :). Also, just like their partial hairless pattern is unique to the Lykoi breed, our roaning is just as special! The Lykoi is the only registered feline to have this we want the best possible contrast to show it off!

The breed committee did discuss allowing other colors and it was decided that we would focus on only the black roan. TICA board members and many of the TICA judges like the blacks and feel we should stick with that color as the show color.

We adopt out all our babies! Just because a kitten is born with a unique color that can not be shown, does not mean it will be treated differently then our other kittens...they are all special! And their pet families adore them <3.

 We are not limiting genetic diversity. Many people say that by only allowing blacks, we are limiting the gene pool and will have sick cats for it. This is not true! ANY color Lykoi that pops up in the feral/stray cat population can be used for breeding...the breeder just focuses on breeding back to the black standard color (which only takes one or two generations). Also nearly 20 domestic shorthairs have been used in the Lykoi program at this point (and that does not count the actual Lykoi from different feral colonies). Although it has been only about 4 years since we started the breed, we already have a more diverse gene pool then several other (and much older) cat breeds. Not too bad...even focusing on the solid blacks ;)

What is a F1?

These two babies are full brothers. The coated boy on the left only has one copy of the Lykoi gene. The partially hairless boy on the right has two copies. 

The black coated kitten is what we

call a "F1" or "Gene Carrier".

There is no outward signs that a F1 is any

different than a "normal" barn coat.

They do NOT lose hair! 

They do NOT have a thinner coat!

 They are fully coated from birth and they stay that way. There is no way to know a black cat carries the Lykoi gene! You must know the parents, and one of those parents must be a Lykoi (partially haired like the boy on the right).

Again, there is NO way to tell your black cat carries the Lykoi gene.

Hairloss is not a sign of carrying the Lykoi gene.