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How rare are female orange tabby cats?

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Female orange tabby cats aren't uncommon; approximately 20 percent of orange tabby cats are female. In the cat, the gene for the orange color is located on the X chromosome and is recessive. Males only have to inherit one orange gene to appear orange, while females have to inherit two.

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How rare are female orange tabby cats?
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When two orange tabbies breed, all of their offspring, male or female, are orange tabbies. Females that carry the orange gene on only one X chromosome are tortoiseshell in color. Only one out of 3,000 tortoiseshell cats is male. These males are almost always sterile and are found to carry an extra X chromosome.

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