The Cheetah’s coat varies from a tawny to golden tone covered in a pattern of solid black spots. The fur is coarse to the touch and not silky as it appears. The Cheetah’s long thick tail has spots, which turn into rings and at the end is tipped with white. The throat and abdomen are a creamy white in colour. The Cheetah has a small head with high set eyes and short rounded ears tipped with white on the back. The most well-known characteristic is, however, the distinct black “tear mark”, which runs from the inside corner of the eye down to the corner of the mouth.