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Solid / Self

No white markings on a colored rat or spots on a solid white rat. To be shown in any standardized color.

Agouti-Based Colors
Non-Agouti Colors

Faults: White toes, white feet, wrong color intensity based on standard of color.
Disqualified: White markings including but not limited to blazes, stripes, white tail-tips.

Diagram of a self rat

A black velveteen rat


Shaded

Includes Siamese, Marten, Himalayan, Marble, and Merle of varying colors. Rat must be solid/self and without any markings unless otherwise noted.

Standardized shaded varieties are as follows:

Seal Point Siamese

All Siamese shall have a beige based body ranging from light beige on the blue and Russian blue point to a deeper beige on the seal point. Deep colored points will be found on nose, ears, all four feet, tail, and fading up back. Eye color is deep ruby OR Black (Black Eyed Siamese).

Genetics:
Seal Point Siamese - a/a c(h)/c(h)
Blue Point Siamese - a/a g/g c(h)/c(h)
Russian Blue Point - a/a d/d c(h)/c(h)
Black Eye gene: Be-
non-Black Eye: be/be


Faults: Too light of beige (intensity of color), missing points, white toes, white feet.
Disqualifying: White blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings.

A seal point siamese rat

A seal point siamese rat

Himalayan

Himalayan will be of a white base with deep colored points on nose, ears, all four feet, tail base/tail. Eye color is pink to pale ruby OR black (Black eyed Himalayan)

Genetics:
a/a c(h)/c (add Be- for black eyes)
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, one copy of the Himalayan gene and one copy of the albino gene.
Black eyed Himalayans require Black Eye Dilute.


Faults: Beige body color base (intensity of color), missing points, white toes, white feet
Disqualifying: White markings including, but not limited to, blazes, stripes, and white tail-tips.

A himalayan rat

A himalayan rat

Golden
Flaxen color evenly ticked with silver guard hairs, showing brown points at the nose, feet, ears, and root of the tail. Tail is pigmented and may be dark. Belly is a paler cream, clearly demarcated from top color. Eyes black.

Genetics:
A- c(h)/c(h) or c(h)/c + Be- gd/gd
One or two copies of the Agouti gene, two copies of the Himalayan gene (or one copy of himalayan and one copy of albino), two copies of the Golden gene, and at least one copy of the Black Eye Dilute


Faults: Too pale (intensity of color), missing points, white toes, white feet.
Disqualifying: White blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings.
A golden himalayan rat

A golden himalayan rat

Mandarin
Very pale pinkish yellow color ticked with white. No points. Belly is white, clearly demarcated from top color. Whiskers are white. Eyes pink.

Genetics:
A- c(h)/c(h) or c(h)/c + Be- gd/gd p/p
One or two copies of the Agouti gene, two copies of the Himalayan gene (or one copy of himalayan and one copy of albino), two copies of the Golden gene, at least one copy of the Black Eye Dilute, and two copies of the Pink Eye Dilute.
Note that the Pink Eye gene will dilute the Black Eye gene


Faults: No yellow tint to coat (intensity of color)
Disqualifying: White blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings.
A mandarin rat

A mandarin rat

Golden Marten
A flaxen color evenly ticked with silver guard hairs, showing brown points at the nose, feet, ears, and root of the tail. White patches seen on whisker bed and behind eyes and ears. Dark hairs confined to dorsal stripe and hips. Tail is pigmented and may be dark. Belly is a paler cream, clearly demarcated from top color. Scattered black whiskers. Eyes black

Genetics:
A- c(h)/c(m) Be- gd/gd
One or two copies of the Agouti gene, one copy of the Himalayan gene, one copy of the Marten gene, two copies of the Golden gene, and at least one copy of the Black Eye Dilute


Faults: Too pale (intensity of color), missing points, white toes, white feet.
Disqualifying: White blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings. Lacking dark hairs scattered over the dorsal stripe and lack of dark whiskers scattered through the whisker bed
A golden marten rat

A golden marten rat

Non-Pointed Marten
Body color is a heathered medium gray akin to HB pencil lead. Light patches on whisker beds, above eyes, and behind ears. Kittens are darker, nearly black. Belly to be a slightly lighter gray. Scattered black whiskers. Eyes can be red or black.

Genetics:
a/a c(m)/c + Be- for black eye
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, one copy of the Marten gene, one copy of the Albino gene, and at least one copy of the Black Eye Dilute if the rats has black eyes.


Faults: White toes, white feet, Hard to distinguish light patches around eyes and whisker bed.
Disqualifying: Has points, white blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings.
A non-pointed marten

A non-pointed marten

Pointed Marten
Body color a heathered medium gray akin to HB pencil lead. Light patches on whisker beds, above eyes, and behind ears. Darker brown points on nose, tail root, and feet. Belly a slightly lighter gray. Scattered black whiskers. Kittens are darker, nearly black, and lighten as they age. Eyes red or black.

Genetics:
a/a c(h)/c(m) + Be- for black eye
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, one copy of the Himalayan gene, and one copy of the Marten gene
. Add the Black Eye Dilute if the rat has black eyes.

Faults: White toes, white feet, Hard to distinguish light patches around eyes and whisker bed.
Disqualifying: No points, white blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings.
A pointed marten

A pointed marten

Agouti Marten
Body color a heathered tawny brown-gray with darker dorsal band. Light patches on whisker beds, above eyes, and behind ears. Foot colour is usually a shade lighter than nose, tail and ear points due to the agouti base, but should still be evident. Belly tone to be light in color with noticeable demarcation. Scattered black whiskers. Black or red eyes.

Genetics:
A- c(h)/c(m) + Be- for black eyes
At least one copy of the Agouti gene, one copy of the Himalayan gene, and one copy of the Marten gene. Add the Black Eye Dilute if the rat has black eyes.


Faults: White toes, white feet, Hard to distinguish light patches around eyes and whisker bed.
Disqualifying: No points, white blaze, white stripes, white on tail tips, and other white markings.
An agouti marten rat

An agouti marten rat

Burmese
Mid-brown with darker points of the same shade. There should be a contrast between points and body. May be shown in either solid or marked classes. Eye Color: Black.

Genetics:
a/a c(h)/c(h) Bu/bu
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, two copies of the Himalayan gene, and one copy of the Burmese gene.


Solid Burmese:
Color to extend completely down toes to nails, and to the end of the tail.
Faults: White toes/feet, missing points, body color too light (intensity of color)/
Disqualifying: White blazes, white stripes, or any other white markings.white tail-tips

Marked Burmese:
May be shown in any standardized marked class. Emphasis should be placed on ensuring that the rat *does* have evidence of the correct points. Example: A hooded rat may be missing feet points, but should have clearly defined nose, ears, and tail points.
Faults: Missing points, body color too light (intensity of color), in addition to any marking-appropriate deductions.
A burmese rat

A burmese rat

Sable Burmese
Dark brown with darker brown points. May be difficult to see points on a very dark sable. Darker (therefore more noticable) points are preferred. Eye Color: Black.

Genetics:
a/a c(h)/c(h) Bu/Bu
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, two copies of the Himalayan gene, and two copies of the Burmese gene
.

Solid Sable Burmese:
Color to extend completely down toes to nails, and to the end of the tail.
Faults: White toes/feet, missing points, body color too light (intensity of color).
Disqualifying: White blazes, white stripes, white tail-tips, or any other white markings.

Marked Sable Burmese:
May be shown in any standardized marked class. Emphasis should be placed on ensuring that the rat does have evidence of the correct points. Example: A hooded rat may be missing feet points, but should have clearly defined nose, ears, and tail points.
Faults: Missing points, body color too light (intensity of color), in addition to any marking-appropriate deductions.

A sable burmese rat

A sable burmese rat

Wheaten Burmese
An agouti based Burmese. To be a warm mid-honey/wheat color. Points should be a deeper color of the same shade. Hair shafts should show ticking. Eye Color: Black.

Genetics:
A- c(h)/c(h) Bu/bu
One or two copies of the agouti gene, two copies of the himalayan gene, and one copy of the Burmese gene


Solid Wheaten Burmese:
Color to extend completely down toes to nails, and to the end of the tail.
Faults: White toes/feet, missing points, body color too light (intensity of color).
Disqualifying: White blazes, white stripes, white tail-tips, or any other white markings.

Marked Wheaten Burmese:
May be shown in any standardized marked class. Emphasis should be placed on ensuring that the rat *does* have evidence of the correct points. Example: A hooded rat may be missing feet points, but should have clearly defined nose, ears, and tail points.
Faults: Missing points, body color too light (intensity of color), in addition to any marking-appropriate deductions.
A wheaten burmese rat

A wheaten burmese rat

Russian Blue Burmese
A mid-grey/brown, similar to that of a Burmese, with a blue cast. Points are a deeper color of the same shade. Coat may be lighter in intensity when compared to a traditional Burmese. Hair shafts should show heathering typical of a Russian Blue. Eye Color: Black.

Genetics:
a/a d/d c(h)/c(h) Bu/bu
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, two copies of the Russian blue gene, two copies of the himalayan gene, and one copy of the Burmese gene


Solid Russian Blue Burmese:
Color to extend completely down toes to nails, and to the end of the tail.
Faults: White toes/feet, missing points, body color too light (intensity of color).
Disqualifying: White blazes, white stripes, white tail-tips, or any other white markings.

Marked Russian Blue Burmese:
May be shown in any standardized marked class. Emphasis should be placed on ensuring that the rat does have evidence of the correct points. Ex. A hooded rat may be missing feet points, but should have clearly defined nose, ears, and tail points.
Faults: missing points, body color too light (intensity of color), in addition to any marking-appropriate deductions.
A Russian Blue Burmese rat

A Russian Blue Burmese rat

Tonkinese
Not to be confused with the Sable Siamese, which is a variety found in South Africa. Tonkinese is a dominant gene on the c-locus. Can be shown in one of the three variations:

Tonkinese
Body to be a light 'ochre' brown, with subtle gathering of slightly darker pigment on the muzzle, feet, tail, and ears. Not to be confused with the darker and warmer shade that is Burmese. Eyes are to be light Ruby or Red. 

Genetics:
a/a c(t)/c
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, one copy of the albino gene, and one copy of the Tonkinese gene


Pointed Tonkinese
Body to be a mid-light 'ochre' brown, with dark sepia points on muzzle, feet, tail and ears. The face is darkest at the muzzle and eyes, but gradually blends to the body color. Not to be confused with the darker and warmer shade that is Burmese. Eyes are to be slightly darker Ruby.

Genetics:
a/a c(t)/c(h)
Two copies of the non-agouti gene, one copy of the Tonkinese gene, and one copy of the himalayan gene.


Double Tonkinese
Body is to be a rich Chocolate color with deep sepia points on muzzle, feet, tail and ears. The face is darkest at the muzzle and eyes, but gradually blends to body color. Eyes are to be a dark Ruby.

Genetics:
a/a c(t)/c(t)
Homozygous Tonkinese. Two copies of the non-agouti gene and two copies of the Tonkinese gene.





Merle
Body will have dark splotches/spots evenly distributed throughout a lighter coat color. The spots should be distinct and numerous. Note that they will be less prominent on a non-silvered color. Eye color to correspond to the body color.

Genetics:
Me-
One copy of the dominate Merle gene.


Faults: Too few dark splotches/spots - not distributed evenly throughout the entire colored area. Spots not dark enough to be distinct from base coat color. Other faults as for respective color/marking.
Disqualifying: No visible splotches/spots
A merle rat

A merle rat

Marble
Color is gray with black markings/pattern which consists of a dorsal stripe and spots on the sides and face (most spots run together as adult). Not to be confused with Merle. Marble is not a colour on its own. It is a color modifier gene and will express on all colors, although only acceptable to be shown in black and russian blue. The color of the dorsal stripe/spots is the base color, i.e. a black marble has black stripe/spots and the gene dilutes the body color, making a gray coat color.

Genetics:
Ma/ma
One copy of the semi-dominant Marble gene.
Marble appears to be a lethal dominant gene
.

Faults: No distinct spots/splashes. Lacks a visible dorsal stripe.
A marble rat A marble rat
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