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Phenotype vs. Genotype
Phenotype is what the cat looks like.
I think of "photo", which you look at, to help me make a connection.
Genotype is what the genes are, the DNA code.
A black shorthair cat's phenotype is
black--a dense color, D
solid/self--no pattern, C
Its genotype could be...
black carrying dilute--Dd
solid/self carrying color-point--Ccs
shorthair carrying longhair--Hh
its genotype could be....
homozygous dense--black with no dilute gene--DD
homozygous solid/self--solid with no color-point gene--CC
homozygous shorthair--no longhair gene--HH
its genotype could be any combination of those!