The caracal has a long tuft on the tip of the ear that exceed half the length of the ear. There is no pattern in the coat, except a few spots on the underside and inside of the fore legs. It is a slender, long-legged cat of medium size with a relatively short tail. The fur on the back & sides is generally tawny grey or reddish, frosted-sand colour. The belly & the undersides of the legs & chest are whitish and spotted or blotched with pale markings. The tufted ears are black-backed.