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RatsPacNW Rat Variety Standards

Rats will be shown by Variety broken down by
Sections - color & Markings

 

Standard - Smooth shorter coat but may have longer guard hairs, upright ears.

Satin - Longer silky coat, fine hairs, satiny sheen, white on body may tend to yellow

Rex - Curly coat & whiskers.  Coat should be even and dense but may thin with age.  Texture will feel rougher than a velveteen.

 

Velveteen - Wavy coat & softly curled/wavy whiskers.  Coat should be even and preferably dense.  Older rats coats may thin with age and this is a fault for show.  Texture to be soft.

 

 

Double Rex - (re/re) Mock hairless or patchwork hair.  Must be a standardized color and marking.
  Patches should be random, whiskers curled.

 

Hairless -  No hair on body but may have slight fuzz around eyes & whiskers.  Rats may have curled or slight whiskers.  Skin should be healthy, not dull or flakey.  Body should conform to basic type, good length, nice eyes, etc.

 

Dumbo - Large, roundish ears, set lower on the head.  Round ears should show no prominent point, heavy folds or creases. Poor shape includes "tubular" ears, butterfly or elephant shaped.  The body type on a dumbo may be more stocky. 
Tailless -The tailless rat should not have points taken off for being too small.  When allowed to walk they should sit a little higher in the rear then most rats. Their spine should feel like it ends where the tail would begin (that is quite a bit farther then most people think) there should not be anything sticking out. You should be able to feel the last vertebrae in their spine.  A rat should not be docked for having a small piece of skin sticking out so long as their is no bone.   A tailless rat should be more rounded in body shape, not fat but the whole body should appear more rounded and shortened. Hind legs should be slightly longer then the front legs (not dramatically). The judge should have treats for this class, the rats should be able to stand on their hind legs with ease! Check the rear end for scars, if it looks like the rats tail was CUT off, they should be disqualified! 
DQ: deformed or shuffles when walks.
Dwarf Rats - Miniatures:
The rat shall conform to color, marking, temperament and condition standards as for regular rats.  May have curious and busy personalities.
Body size should be 1/3 size of standard rats.  Feet are smaller in proportion to body.  Tails are short in proportion to body size.  Legs are short.  Eyes should be large.  The facial features of males may be more feminine and this should not be faulted.

Faults:  Small standard rat that is not genetically a dwarf rat.

Dwarf Rats - Stockys
The rat shall conform to color, marking, temperament and condition standards as for regular rats.  May have curious and busy personalities.
Body size should be 1/3 size of standard rats.  Feet are smaller in proportion to body.  Tails are short in proportion to body size. The facial features of males and females are shortened and wider than miniature dwarf rats.  Eyes are very large and out of size proportion.  Legs are short.  Kittens may have thin tails.

Faults:   Small standard rat that is not genetically a dwarf rat.

Harley Coats
   1.  Undercoat and guard hairs should be ultra soft, wispy and stand away from the body giving the rat a ruffled appearance from the face to a tail base.
   2.  Head and underside of the rat should match top
   3.  Over all coat should appear longer
  Two types of harley coats: 
      Curly coated - curl should be uniform
      Straight coated - generally denser and straighter but will still conform to stardard of harley.
Faults:  lack of coat length, coat too thin
DQ:  Not Harley coat

Sections / Standards (Colors & Markings)

Photo's courtesy of Rattie Rascals Rattery & Whispering Wise Rattery

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