These are varieties that You will find in my Rattery:
Black: My favorite color on marked rats.
AFRMA Standard: “Color is a good solid black throughout, showing no rustiness or white hairs. Eye color is black.”
Genetics: Two copies of the Non-agouti Gene (aa)
Seal Point Siamese: A beautiful creme coat with gorgeous dark points on the nose, base of the tail, and feet. Very much like a siamese cat.
AFMRA Standard: Body color to be medium beige gradually and evenly shaded over saddle and hindquarters towards the belly, being darkest at base of tail. Tail color to extend down the length of the tail. Belly to be light beige. Points to be rich dark sepia and to shade evenly into the body color. Eyes red or light ruby.
Genetics: Non-agouti with two copies of the Himalayan gene (aachch)
Black Eyed White(aka BEW): Just like my beautiful coverboy who find his place at the top of every page on this website! An absolutely stunning variety, pure white with black eyes, absolutely breathtaking.
AFRMA Standard: To be as white as possible, devoid of creamy tinge or staining. Any colored hairs to be severely penalized. Eyes black.
Genetics: Marking Gene selectively bred for more white, my BEW rats come from selectively bred variegated.
Coat and Ear types
AFRMA Standard: “Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.”
Genetics: “A simple recessive gene, not scientifically described but in the fancy usually given the symbol dudu” – Hawthorn Rat Varieties
Bristle Coat: You must feel these guys to truly appreciate how unique the coat is. Slightly wavy and coarse, bristle is a beautiful coat that is pleasant to feel. Females will have a soft coat.
AFRMA Standard: “Bristle Coated rats to be shown in any recognized color or marking. The coat has a distinct and unique feel consistent with a wire brush—very coarse textured and stiff with a crunchy feel similar to a wire haired terrier. The coat will be lightly curled/waved as very young kittens similar to Rex. It then straightens out as adults to having a stand-off, harsh, rough-looking, messy coat. These are not to be mistaken with a rough Standard coat or poor Rex coat. The whiskers will be straight to curled on the ends (similar to Satins) which is different than the curled Rex whiskers.”
Genetics: “Br (code given by AFRMA); this is a dominant gene.”
While I currently own this variety, I may not breed them. If I do, they will not be available to adopters at this time.
These are varieties I no longer have, but have owned in the past:
Agouti: Wild type rat with no modifiers. Just a simple dominant gene.
AFRMA Standard: “The color to be a rich chestnut with dark slate at the base of the hair. Coat is evenly ticked with black guard hairs. Belly color will be silver gray. Eye color is black.”
Beige: Diluted Black. Very pretty creamy color. Also known as Buff with NFRS.
AFRMA Standard: “Color is a warm grayish-tan, not too dark. Eye color is dark ruby.”
Genetics: aarr – Two copies of the Black gene and two copies of the Red eye gene
AFRMA Standard: There is currently no standard for Velveteen.
Genetics: There is some debate about the genetics of velveteen. Many think it is rex with a modifier, others think it is simply a poor example of rex, and some believe it is an entirely different gene.
AFRMA Standard: “Hairless rats should have a thin, bright, rather translucent skin, free of scars or pimples, and be as hairless as possible. The skin may be of any color or recognized marking, and wrinkling should not be penalized. The eyes may be of any color, but should be bright and free from any problems. The ears should be very large and wrinkle free. The whiskers may be very short or missing; they are usually curly.”
Genetics: There are several hairless genes, aside from double rex, they are all recessive
AFRMA Standard: “Color to be in between blue and powder blue, a clear sparkling blue. Color showing no brown patches or silvering. Eye color to be dark ruby or black.”
Genetics: aadd – Two copies of black and Two copies of blue.
AFRMA Standard: Color is a pure clean white, free from ivory, cream, or beige tint. Eye color is red.
Genetics: Two copies of the Albino gene (cc)
These guys are white and have very light points. Beautiful and delicate looking, I used to think that I didn’t want to breed them due to their finely colored points, but upon producing them, I realized that the fine points make a beautiful rat!
AFRMA Standard: Body color to be white, free from stains and even throughout. The points to be a rich dark sepia (as dark as possible). Eyes red. Note: Color should not extend past the following areas: 1. Face – not to extend upwards from the eyes. 2. Ears – not to extend downwards from the base. 3. Fore legs – not to extend upwards beyond the elbows. 4. Hind legs – not to extend upwards beyond the ankle. 5. Tail – not to extend more than half way up to the rump. 6. Feet – the color to be solid throughout, devoid of any white. (English N.F.R.S.) Himalayan to be shown only in AOCP class.
Genetics: One copy of the Himalayan gene and one copy of the albino gene (cch).
Fawn: Fawns are one of my favorite colors. I hope to specialize in them. They are fairly hard to produce because they rely on the dominant Agouti(A*) gene, which often causes litters to be filled with Agouti rats.
AFRMA Standard: “Color is a rich, golden orange, as deep as possible. Belly color will be of a slightly lighter shade. Eye color is dark ruby.
Genetics: A*rr – Agouti with two copies of the red-eye dilute gene