Clouded Leopard is a marking that adds large, shaded spots on the beasts’ body.
The base of these spots are darker colored, hard-edged stripes which have a circular or oval form, basically like rings. These stripes may have touching ends and create actual rings or be open in some place, leaving some space between each end. This space can be used by spots or other stripes to further indicate the ring like pattern without actually being one.
Additionally, another smaller, more blotchy stripe may be added on the inside of these circular markings.
Be careful to keep the spots round or oval, as elongated spots will imitate Ocelot, a marking very similar to Clouded Leopard!
There is also the option to add the so called inner shading. It is a soft-edged patch of a lighter color inside the circular structures which can be shown as some sort of crescent or fill the rings fully.
Spots or stripes outside of the rings are not permissible with the exception of the face in which minimal spotting and stripes may be used.
This marking was inspired by the large, shaded spotting on Clouded Leopards, feel free to take them as inspiration if you have troubles designing your beast!
Relevant to: Base
Can be white: No
Layering: Designer’s choice
Hides other genes: No
Quick Facts Guide
The outer rings are relevant to and will always be darker than the base coat color of the beast.
The inner shading is relevant to and will always be lighter than the base coat color of the beast.
The outer rings must have a hard edge.
The inner shading must have a soft edge.
Combinations with other markings
Clouded Leopard has no maximum range.
Clouded Leopard has no distinct minimum range, but must be present in a noticeable way on the beast.
Feel free to search for this marking in our CaveSpeaker gallery to get some inspiration or a better grasp of the marking.
However, be careful of old designs as they might be illegal by now due to previous rule changes!
Please do not just copy existing designs either, as those are the property of their designer!