Are All Calico Cats Female?

Blog author: 
Kay Rolfes

 I hear this question a lot at adoption events. The answer is "yes, pretty much always." A calico cat is a tortoiseshell cat with some white fur.

Sophie, a perfect example of tortoiseshell coloring

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie, a classic calico

It is possible to have a male tortoiseshell (or calico) cat, but they are genetic anomalies and are very rare, only about 1 in 3000. So if you see a tortoiseshell or calico cat, odds are more than 99.9% that it's a female. Here is an article that explains why:

For even more details, see this article: and for lots of information and stories about male torties and calicos, see this article:

Katy, a dilute or pastel calico

Historically, calico cats have often been considered to be lucky. Maybe adopting one of our calico girls will bring some extra luck to your home? We can't guarantee that, but we can assure you that they will bring beauty and warm purrs.


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