At the turn of the century short-haired bi-coloured cats were being shown and a list of acceptable colours that could combine with white were set down by Mr Harrison Weir, but the long-haired bi-colours had to be shown in any other colour classes, being black and white, blue and white, orange and white, and tabby and white. Bi-coloured cats have been seen in Britain for many years and generally acquired as pets. It was not until 1966, following the discovery that by selective breeding they might assist in the breeding of Tortoiseshell-and-whites, that a standard was granted by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy based on Dutch rabbit marking. It will have been noticed that the cat and rabbit varieties have many similar names and groupings. Indeed the newspaper Fur and Feather caters for fanciers of both animals.