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Which Rat Is That?


Markings:

Self
The coat is all the one colour, with no white markings on the belly, feet or tail. The belly may appear lighter (due to the absence of guard hairs) but it will not have any white markings.

Irish Berkshire
A solid coloured rat with a white triangle on the chest, and white front feet.

Berkshire

A solid coloured rat with a white belly, and usually with white feet and white tail tip. The belly marking is supposed to be wide and evenly edged, but they're usually irregular shapes.

Varieberk (Variegated Berkshire)

Similar to berkshire, but the white markings are very irregular and may come up the sides of the rat.

Cardigan
Similar to berkshire, but the white markings cover the entire belly and extend down each leg.

Hooded

Colour on the head and shoulders, with a stripe down the back. The rest of the coat is white. They often have imperfect stripes (splotches and blow-outs) and belly spots.

Bareback
Colour on the head and shoulders only. Similar to the hooded, but without the stripe down the back.

Blazed
White marking on the face from the nose to the forehead.

Downunder hooded
A hooded rat that has a coloured stripe on the belly.

Downunder berkshire
A berkshire that has a coloured stripe on the belly. This stripe covers the middle of the belly, so that you only see the edges of the white berkshire marking.


Colors:

Agouti

A ticked coat appearing generally brownish grey with black guard hairs, with a lighter grey belly. Black eyes. Agouti is the colour most seen on wild rats. They can become rusted to brown and yellowish tones with age.

Cinnamon
A ticked coat appearing generally russet brown with dark guard hairs, and a lighter cream belly. Black eyes.

Argente
A ticked coat with a distinct orange hue and a lighter cream undercoat and belly. Ruby eyes. Can be confused with cinnamon (the colours of both vary widely), but argente can be confirmed by the ruby eyes and lack of dark guard hairs.

Topaz (UK) / Fawn (US)
A ticked coat in a rich orange to ginger colour with a distinctive slate grey undercoat. Ruby eyes. Can be confused with argente as they can appear identical in colour, but topaz has a slate grey undercoat while argente has a creamy white undercoat.

Silverfawn
A pale apricot coloured coat that is evenly ticked with silver guard hairs. Pink eyes.

Mink
A silvery brown coat, which can vary from a grey-blue to a warmer brown-grey. Black eyes. Often silvered.

Dove
A pale silvery coat. Can vary widely from pale brownish grey to pale blue tones. Ruby eyes. Often mistaken for mink, but generally paler and can be identified as dove by the ruby eyes.

Champagne
A warm creamy off-white to pinkish-grey coat. Pink eyes.

White
A pure white coat with pink eyes. Usually referred to as a PEW or Pink-Eyed White.

Black
A dark glossy coat, often more chocolatey than black. Usually silvered. Black eyes. Tends to rust in places to reddish brown tones.

Blue
A slate grey-blue to pale grey-blue in colour. Black eyes. Sometimes confused with mink, but blue is distinctly grey-blue, while mink tends to be a warmer brown. Blue agouti is a similar colour, but with a ticked fur.


Varieties:


STANDARD
With short, smooth, glossy hair.

REX
With curly hair and curly whiskers.

DOUBLE REX
Almost entirely hairless, some "peach fuzz".

TAILLESS
Complete absence of a tail.

HAIRLESS
Complete absence of hair.

SATIN
Thinner, longer coat, with a lustrous sheen.

VELVETEEN

Wavy coat, softly curled/wavy whiskers.

DUMBO
Larger, rounder ears set on the side of the head.

Links With Pictures and Info:

http://www.dapper.com.au/whatrat.htm

http://www.dreameyce.com/eagleseye/rattery/ratinfo/rat_colors.htm

http://www.afrma.org/ratselfs.htm

Information taken from above Links.
(Originally Written by: Matt--Thanks!!)


Capped
Color on the head of the rat, but not the shoulders.

Masked
Color covering the eyes.

Siamese
Beige/darker rat that fades to 'points' of color on their nose, feet, and bum.

Himalayan
PEW white that develops points of color as they age.

Roan (AKA Husky)
Silvery rat with white 'husky' markings, gradually fades to solid white with age.

Merle
Mink based color with splotches of darker color.

Dalmation

Spotted, usually with a 'collar' behind the ears.

Odd Eye
Black and ruby, black and pink, ruby and pink, etc,

Dwarfs
dwarfs are genetically small and will only grow to about a quarter of the size of an average rat. it is reported that dwarfs cannot develop cancer as they have no growth hormone. it has also been reported that they are difficult to introduce to normal sized rats that are not used to the smaller variation and may think its a mouse or at any case not another rat nad something that should be eaten. some cases have ended in the dwarf being killed. extreme caution should be used when introducing adult normal sized rats to dwarfs. (Originally added by: Twitch--Thanks!)

BLUE POINT SIAMESE
Body color to be ivory (the darker the better) with warm blue caste gradually and evenly shadded over the saddle and hidnqarters towards teh belly, being the darkest at the base of the tail. The points, 9nose, ears, feet, tail, and tail-root) to be a medium slate blue. They should not have a definite or distict line of demarcation but rather a toning or merging wtih the remainder of the coat. There should be no white hairs, bloches, streaks, or mealiness of the color. Eyes red, or ruby.

RUSSIAN BLUE POINT SIAMESE
Body color to be ivory with deep grey cast. (the darker the better) gradually and evenly shadded over the saddle and hind quarters towards the belly, being the darkest at the base of the tail. Points to be a dark grey-blue They should not have a definite or distinct line of demarcatio n but a rather a toning or merging with the reainder of the coat. There should be no white hairs, bloches, streaks, or mealiness of the color. Eyes red, or ruby.

SEAL POINT SIAMESE
Body color to be a medium beige gradually and evenly shadded over the saddle and hindquarters towards the belly, being the darkest at the base of the tail. Tail color to extend down the length of the tail. Belly to be lgiht beige. Points to be rick dark sepia and to shade evenly into the body color. Eyes red or light ruby.

MERLE
Merle rats may be shown in any recognized color. The unique feature is a patter of dark splash spots and distributed evenly throughout the enter lighter background color as to resemble a merle dog. the plash spots should be numerous and distict. splash spots will be less prominent as a non silvered back ground color eye color correspond with the body color,
(Originally Added by: RoRo--Thanks!)

Sites with pics (Provided by Forensic):
http://www.dreameyce.com/eagleseye/rattery/ratinfo/rat_markings.htm

http://www.afrma.org/fancyrm.htm
 

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i would love to get photograph examples of these colors going without having to use copyrighted photos... so if any members have good examples of these colors and markings, please either post them here or pm them to me and i will add them. photos must be clear, in good lighting, in focus, and of good quality. if you would like credit for your photo please specify that in your message or post and it will be added in small text beneath the photo. i will be resizing and hosting the photos somewhere safe, but other than that they will not be modified. multiple photos of the same color/marking will be added so don't hesitate to send more than one. thanks!
 
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