Tuxedo cats have a bicolor domestic cat fur color pattern. Tuxedo cats aren’t a cat breed but rather are cats that have a predominately black fur coat with a specific pattern of white spotting.
The fur color pattern of these cats is named after the fact that the cat has a black and white coat pattern that is similar to a black tuxedo worn with a white shirt.
With tuxedo cats, most of the body is black. The chest and paws, known as socks, are white. Sometimes the belly and chin are also white.
With the exception of some cats that have some white on their chin, nose, or forehead, the face of a cat with a tuxedo fur pattern is mostly black.
Cat breeds and tuxedo cat color patterns
A number of different breeds can produce a tuxedo cat, especially if the cat in question is of mixed lineage. So any physical or behavioral traits they exhibit can be based on their environment or genetic makeup.
Presidential tuxedo cat
One famous tuxedo cat was Socks who belonged President Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea. This tuxedo cat moved to the White House with the Clintons in 1993.
When the Clintons left the White House in 2001, Socks was adopted by Bill Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie. Socks died less than a year late ran 2002 after being hit by a car.