Mouse Tan/Fox as recognized by the American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association. See Fancy Mouse Genes for genetics.
Both have the top color in any recognized color, with a contrasting belly color: a rich golden-red tan in the TAN, a near white in the FOX.
For complete details of these Standards including points, faults, and disqualifications, please refer to the AFRMA Show Regulations & Standards book.
Note: The pictures on this page are not meant to be true representatives of the animal’s color. Because of differences in monitors (CRT/LCD) and how the monitor is adjusted, the colors may be different. Seeing in person is always best.
TANS - Tans may be shown in any recognized color. The top color should be equivalent to the corresponding
recognized color, with the belly color being a rich golden-red tan. There should be a distinct and clear line
between the top color and tan, running in a straight line along the sides, chest, and jaws, showing no brindling
or intermingling of color. The feet should be tanned on the inside and of the top color on the outside. Tan
hairs will be found behind the ears.
Black Tan mouse owned by Gina Hendricks, bred by Alan Birch, England. Photo ©2004 Craig Robbins.
Blue Tan mouse owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2000 Craig Robbins.
Note: Blue Tans will not have the rich dark orange but rather a “buff” color due to the dilution gene
|English Champagne Tan mouse at the 5-1-04 L.S.C.M.R.C. show. Photo ©2004 Craig Robbins.|
|Chocolate Tan mouse owned by Kelli Boka, bred by David Safe, England. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.|
|English Lilac Tan mouse at the 5-1-04 L.S.C.M.R.C. show. Photo ©2004 Craig Robbins.|
|Silver Gray Tan mouse owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1993 Craig Robbins.|
Note: Merle Tan to be shown in Tan class rather than AOCP; June 7, 2008
Black Tan Merle mouse owned by Kelli Boka, bred by Jennifer Hipsley. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.
FOXES - Foxes may be shown in any recognized color, and are similar to the Tans above. However,
their belly color is to be as near white as possible, and a slight ticking of white hairs on the feet,
sides and rump is desirable. Hair behind the ears is white.
Chocolate Fox mouse owned by Albert Collins, England. Photo ©2004 Craig Robbins.
Beige Fox mouse owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2000 Craig Robbins.
Note: The extreme dilute gene (Ivory, Beige, Coffee, Reverse Siamese) will dilute the Tan belly to Fox.
|Coffee Fox Frizzie mouse owned and bred by Troya Duncanson. Photo ©1993 Craig Robbins.|
Dark Beige Fox Satin mouse owned and bred by Nichole Royer. Photo ©1998 Larry Ferris.
(Note: the color came out dark so the mouse may look like a Chocolate Fox.)
For complete details of the Standards including points, faults, eliminations, and disqualifications, please refer to the
AFRMA Show Regulations & Standards book.
Purchase the AFRMA Official Color Standards Mouse book.