AFRMA

American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

AFRMA Fancy Mice - Non-Recognized Colors, Markings, & Coats

Some miscellaneous colors, markings, etc., of mice that have been produced by AFRMA breeders/seen at AFRMA shows but never standardized. There are many more out there.

See the AFRMA Official Color Standards Mouse book for more.

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.

COLORS
SILVER AGOUTI - Color 35, evenness of ticking 15
Color is similar to the agouti except with a silvery-gray background and dark slate at the base of the hair. There will be black ticking distributed evenly throughout the coat, including the underparts and the feet, and be as even as possible. Belly color to be silvery-gray, as close as possible to top color. Eye color is black.
Faults - Faded, yellowish, or rusty tinge to color; faded top color; faded undercolor; ticking too heavy; mottled appearance to the coat; white on feet.
Disqualifications - White body spot; white on the tail.

Genetics - A– cchcch (Agouti plus Chinchilla)

[Accepted into Unstandardized April 28, 2012; added belly color June 30, 2012; removed from Accepted Proposed Unstd. December 14, 2013, and moved to Non-Recognized due to lack of entries.]

Silver Agouti Standard mouse owned and bred by Carol Lawton. Photo ©2012 Karen Robbins.
Silver Agouti Mouse
DOVE AGOUTI - Color 35, evenness of ticking 15
Color is slate at the base of the hair with a dusty fawn band on top. Coat is evenly ticked with dove guard hairs extending over the entire body, including the underparts and the feet, and be as even as possible. Eye color is black.
Faults – Faded top color; faded undercolor; ticking too heavy; mottled appearance to the coat; white on feet.
Disqualifications – White body spot; white on the tail.

Genetics: A– bb dd (Agouti plus Chocolate plus Blue; a.k.a. Blue Cinnamon)

Dove Agouti Standard owned and bred by Carol Lawton. Photo ©2011 Karen Robbins.
Dove Agouti Mouse
P.E. DOVE/LAVENDER - Color is similar to the Champagne but lighter and cooler in color with a blue tinge. Eye color is red.

Genetics: bb dd pp (pink-eyed Dove; a.k.a. P.E. Chocolate Blue or P.E. Dilute Chocolate).

Note: They have darker eyes and dark eyelids like a P.E. Blue.

5-week-old Champagne, P.E. Dove, and P.E. Blue Standards owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2012 Karen Robbins.
P.E. Dove Mouse
SABLE - Color 35, level shading 15
The top color shall be a rich dark brown, as dark as possible, from nose to tail root; the belly color to be as rich a golden tan as possible and the shading from top to belly to be gradual, even and pleasing, with no line of demarcation nor any blotch, patch, ticking, or streakiness. There should be no white hairs whatsoever. Eyes black. (N.M.C.)

Genetics: AyA U– or Aya or Ayat (dominant)

Sable Standard owned and bred by Nichole Royer. Photo ©1997 Craig Robbins.

Research articles:
Sable Mouse
CHOCOLATE POINT HIMI/SIAMESE New!
A chocolate version of Seal Point Himi or Siamese but with pale brown points rather than rich dark sepia points. Eye color is red or ruby.

Genetics: aa bb chc (Himi=Siamese plus Chocolate plus albino); aa bb chch (Siamese=Siamese plus Chocolate)

Note: At quick glance they look like a Seal Point Siamese but the points are not dark enough. This is a color that will not be standardized.

Chocolate Point Himi Satin one-year-old male owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2002 Craig Robbins.
Chocolate Point Himi Satin Mouse
DOVE POINT SIAMESE - Color 20, points 20, shading 10
The Dove Point Siamese mouse is to be a warm grey-beige, as even as possible over the entire body, shading to a deeper color on the hindquarters. The colors should blend gradually and there should be no white hairs or mealiness to the color. The points should be a rich grey-chocolate color and should be well defined on the muzzle, being confined to the whisker area only. The ears, feet, tail and tail-root are dark also, but are of a slightly lighter shade. Eye color may be ruby or black. Dove Point Siamese to be shown only in AOCP class.
Faults – Mottled color on the body; body color too light so as to resemble the Himalayan; body color too dark so as to lose the contrast with the points; points too light; nose marking extending above the eyes.
Disqualifications – White spot on the body; white on the tail; white on the feet.

Genetics: aa bb chch dd (Siamese plus Dove)

Dove Point Siamese Standard owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1997 Craig Robbins.
Dove Point Siamese Mouse
COLOR-POINT BEIGE (CPB)/B.E. SIAMESE (BES) - Color 25, points 25
The Color Point Beige mouse is to be a warm beige, as even as possible over the entire body, similar to a light Coffee. The points should be a rich grey-chocolate color and should be well defined on the muzzle, being confined to the whisker area only. The ears, feet, tail and tail-root are dark also, but are of a slightly lighter shade. Eye color is black. Color Point Beige to be shown only in AOCP.
Faults – Mottled color on the body; body color too light so as to resemble the Beige; body color too dark so as to lose the contrast with the points; points too light; nose marking extending above the eyes.
Disqualifications – White spot on the body; white on the tail; white on the feet.

Genetics: aa cech (Siamese plus Beige)

Note: CPB/BES mice don’t have shading like normal Siamese
Color Point Beige Satin Mouse
Color Point Beige Satin owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2002 Karen Robbins.

Color Point Beige Mouse
A dark Color Point Beige Fox Standard owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1997 Craig Robbins.

B.E. Siamese LH Mouse
A light B.E. Siamese Long Hair owned by Debbie Stice. Photo ©1992 Craig Robbins.
BLUE SIAMESE SABLE - Color 30, points 20
The Blue Siamese Sable is to be a medium blue, similar to the Self Blue, over the entire body. The points, which are a dark blue, are as for the Blue Point Siamese. Eye color is black.
Faults – Mottled or uneven color on the body; body color too dark, so as to lose the contrast with the points; points not dark enough to contrast with the body color.
Disqualifications – White on the feet; white spot on the body; white on the tail.

Genetics: aa cchch dd (Blue Point Siamese plus Chinchilla)

Note: a.k.a. Blue Burmese

See the Finnmouse page for photos.
No Photo at this time
MARKINGS
BELTED - To be similar to Banded but genetically is recessive; the belt is narrower than the band on a Banded. The distinctive feature is the white belt circling the body placed on the lower part of the body as if the mouse was wearing a belt. Sharpness of demarcation prime importance.
Genetics - btbt (recessive)

Black Tan Belted Standard owned by Nichole Royer. Photo ©1996 Craig Robbins.
Belted Mouse
BROKEN MULTI - Clearness of patches or spots 20, definition of multi colors 20, number and position of patches or spots 10
Broken Multis may be shown in any recognized color, and may include Broken Splashed, Variegated Splashed, Broken Sable, Broken Brindle, Variegated Brindle, etc. To have two or more colors plus white in patches or spots to resemble a “Calico.” Color patches/spots should be clear-cut, showing no brindling or intermingling of white hairs. There should be equal numbers of the different colored patches/spots.
Faults - Patches not sharply defined; brindling or intermingling of white hairs in spots or patches.

Genetics - (genetics of base colors; most are Splashed plus other colors)

[Accepted into Unstandardized February 9, 2008; removed from Accepted Proposed Unstd. December 1, 2012, and moved to Non-Recognized due to lack of entries.]

Broken Multi Long Hair mouse owned and bred by Kelli Boka. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.
Broken Multi Mouse
COATS
FRIZZLED - Coat 30, color 20
Frizzled mice may be shown in any recognized color or markings. The Frizzled coat is a dense coat that is tightly curled. The coat should be closely cropped to the skin. This coat closely resembles the soft side of velcro. The mouse should have curly whiskers.
Faults - sparse or thin hair or to appear hairless.

Genetics - fz

[Accepted into Unstandardized February 9, 2008; removed from Accepted Proposed Unstd. December 1, 2012, and moved to Non-Recognized due to lack of entries.]

Black Self Frizzled mouse owned and bred by Kelli Boka. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.
Frizzled Mouse
CRESTED/TUFTED
This was a one-time anomaly that appeared in Helen Pembrook’s mousery in 1996. He had a tan-colored tuft of longer hair on his forehead. She was not able to get it to reproduce.

Genetics - unknown

Research article:
TUFTED— A NON-GENETIC MORPHOLOGICAL VARIANT IN MICE

Chocolate Tan Long Hair Satin mouse owned and bred by Helen Pembrook. Photo ©2000 Larry Ferris.
Crested/Tufted Mouse
EARS
AMERICAN FOLD - Color and Marking 25, ear size and set 25
American Fold mice have a smaller ear and ear-set. All other attributes regarding color and markings must conform to regular standard. The ear shall be small but correctly formed and laying flat against the side of the head. The judge shall note that it is usual for the American Fold to have a smaller blunter head and nose.
Faults - Ear too large or sticking out from head, straight ears with no folds, ears too close to top of head.

Genetics - (recessive; brought in to California in 1994 from St. Louis, MO - article in ARMHS Spring 2000 newsletter)

Note: NOT likely to be standardized due to skeletal deformities. Were called Cobbie by San Diego, CA, breeders.

Research articles:
SPS Am. Fold Mouse
Seal Point Siamese Standard American Fold owned by Gina Hendricks. Photo ©2003 Karen Robbins.

PEW Satin Am. Fold Mouse
P.E. White Satin American Fold owned by Christian Diaz. Photo ©2001 Karen Robbins.
BODY New!
TAILLESS
Tailless gene mice have anywhere from a partial tweaked tail to no tail.

Genetics - unknown; there are many tweaked tail genes in mice, see the Mouse Genetics book for more

Note: These will NOT be standardized.
Black Tailless mouse
A Tailless with no tail owned and bred by Tina Shahroody. Photo ©1996 Nichole Royer.

Black Tailless male mouse
A Black Tailless male with a nubbin of a tail, owned and bred by Linda Sinclair. Photo ©1998 Craig Robbins.

Siamese Splashed half-tail female mouse
A Siamese Splashed half-tail with knot on end female mouse with high tail set owned by Kelli Boka, bred by Jennifer Hipsley. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.

Go to the AFRMA Mouse Unstandardized page.
Go to the AFRMA New Standards/Unstandardized page.
Purchase the AFRMA Official Color Standards Mouse book.

Updated August 21, 2017