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Hey everyone...my girl Scout recently had a litter, and two of the boys ended up with very neat patterns on their bellies, and one even had a blaze. I had never seen the patterns before, and when I was looking at pics of rats I stumbled upon a berkshire, and sure enough that's what they are. Or so I thought... :) Now I have read that there are different types of berks, like vari-berks, european berks, etc...I have tried to look it up, but like I said, the way I even found a "regular" berk was by accident...so I thought someone here might be able to tell me. I will show you some pictures of Ash, the black berkshire (the other one has a blaze and is beige/white).

His right side:



His left side:



His tummy:


Let me know what you think!
 

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I would consider that rat a variberk.

Essentially a variberk is a berkshire with varied sides.

The blaze (on the face, I'd assume) is an extra marking, so blazed berkshire or blazed variberk. :)

Then there's Irish Markings and Zipper Berkshire and all that other ball of wax... :lol:
 

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LoL, well Forensic, you have cleared up my confusion about Ash, but now I am confused about Maggie, a female...I thought she was an Irish (there are Irish berks??) but now, not so sure...here is Maggie:

This is a picture of her belly (sorry about the blur; she is a female, hence, always on the go...):



And a top/side view: as you can see, she has white front and back feet, a white-tipped tail, and her stomach markings do not extend up her sides.
 

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Suki is gorgeous! Her coat is so satiny and shiny. Yes, I guess she would be a variberk, because she looks a lot like Ash...I don't know if the white tip on the tail would change that or not, lol, the whole markings/color thing can get very confusing.
 

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Suki and I thank you for the compliment :D
Tell me about it, I was so confused the first time someone referred to Asia as "that husky rat of yours" ah well, you learn it all in drips and drabs I suppose! I just pick my rats on temprement (and cuteness :D )
 

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I think that's a way better system. :) It's kind of like dogs, some of the best are just "mutts." But that husky color is crazy, I hadn't seen it till I joined this forum and they're so cool...I've never seen one in "person."
 

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I think an Irish marking is just a white spot on the chest, and berkshire is white all over the tummy. So Maggie would be a berkshire, not an Irish.

I am by no means an expert though, I haven't really looked into the differences - I didn't even know there were different types of berks other than regular berkshire and variberk XD
 

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Variberk's white kinda 'spills' up the sides, so I suppose we'd need a side picture of Suki to tell?

And I think Berkshire markings have to touch the legs...

All the tummy markings are so confusing to me. :lol: The issue is that unless you have a show quality rat, none of the markings conform to the ideal. So, they're all mismarked or 'vari' or whathave you.

So... call them what you'd like! :lol:
 

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That's what I am thinking, too...all this time I thought she was an Irish based on a not-very-thorough description I read online, but you're right, to be an Irish, the rat has to only have a spot on the chest...lol, which leads to the next question. Here's Luna, would she be an Irish? She doesn't have a white-tipped tail, and only the tips of her feet are white...lol, I think she is just a "Luna," one and only.

her chest - she was (of course) squirming



her front feet (the back feet are exactly the same)
 

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kinda on topic, where is the line between a really mismarked hoodie and a veriberk? I always assumed my little Brisby was a sloppy hooded, looking at some of these pics I'm not too sure any more.
 

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Hehehe, those are the only standards we have. But it gives you an idea. If you check out some of the showing standards they will tell you what is considered a fault or will disqualify a rat from that marking.

Our kiddos are in the wonderful world of Mismarked, LOL
 

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glindella said:
kinda on topic, where is the line between a really mismarked hoodie and a veriberk? I always assumed my little Brisby was a sloppy hooded, looking at some of these pics I'm not too sure any more.
Um, gosh, that could be a gray area... I suppose black on the legs would lean me more towards variberk.
 
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