Ocelot is a marking that adds thick, lighter colored and hard-edged horizontal stripes which are framed with thinner, darker colored but equally hard-edged stripes and spots on the beasts’ body.
These lighter colored stripes are mainly present in the area between neck, shoulders, sides and the flanks, as they are big enough to allow for large and thick stripes.
The length of the base stripes does not have to be the same throughout the entire design! It is possible to have a mixture of longer and shorter ones. Be careful to not imitate Badger though!
Another key feature of Ocelot are the stripes and / or spots which are framing the base striping. These stripes will always be a lot thinner than the lighter stripes and follow their edge. They do not have to fully surround the base stripe and may break up into multiple stripes, leaving some space where the edge of the underlying lighter colored patch can be seen. Spots may be used as well to frame the marking but should be kept at a minimum!
Additionally, some smaller stripes and spots may be added in the face or between the large base stripping, following their flow of direction. Especially for the spots you have to be careful though, as it is easily possible to imitate Spotting!
All parts of this marking have to run horinzontally along the body, vertical striping comparable with Stripes is not permissible.
To avoid imitating Clouded Leopard or Rosette take care to create large, elongated stripes for the base stripes. Too short stripes can look too much like Clouded Leopard if they look more like large spots or Rosette if they appear as small spots.
This marking was inspired by the large, framed stripes found on Ocelots, 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 base stripes are relevant to and will always be lighter than the base coat color of the beast.
Surrounding spots and stripes
The surrounding spots and stripes are relevant to and will always be darker than the base coat color of the beast.
Ocelot must have a hard edge.
Combinations with other markings
Ocelot has no maximum range.
Ocelot 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!