First up - the leopard (snoozing in a tree - aren't cats all the same on some level? They love to get their nap on.)
Leopards have the distinctive spots that are known as "rosettes". Tan ground, black spots surrounding a darker brown spot.
Basically, interchangeable with a leopard print. Work it, you jaguar, you! Meow!
Lastly - the cheetah (aka the fastest land animal)
The cheetah has a tan ground with just black spots - I would say like an almost irregular polka dot. None of that third color rosette stuff.
Here are some examples of the patterns out in the retail world:
While I love them both, I'm a bit partial to the leopard because of that third color that adds a little more depth and sophistication. Now both of these patterns can be used as neutrals and make for outstanding additions to your wardrobe (I always encourage everyone to own a pair of leopard shoes).
What do you think? Do you prefer Leopard or Cheetah?
Images of the cats via National Geographic