“A tabby is a cat with a distinctive coat that features stripes, dots, or swirling patterns, usually together with an “M” mark on its forehead. Tabbies are sometimes erroneously assumed to be a cat breed. In fact, the tabby pattern is found in many breeds of cat, as well as among the general mixed-breed or mongrel population.” (Citation from Wikipedia, link under “Sources”)
1. Fur: They can have a great variation of looks, lengths and colors. Most commonly, tabby cats are either grey, brown or orange, have short to medium length fur, with stripes or whirls. The tail is mostly strong and narrow, not big or thin.
2. Shape: The tabby cat’s body tend to be strong and robust. They are usually not very slim or agile.