AFRMA

American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

AFRMA Fancy Rats - Self

Color is to be even over the entire body, extending to the skin, and including the underparts, ears, feet and tail.

General Self Faults – Faded or rusty color; mottling or shading of color; light underparts; white feet.

General Self Disqualifications – White spot on the body; white on the tail.
See the Standards book for additional details on each color.

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.

BEIGE - Color is a warm grayish-tan, not too dark. Eye color is dark ruby.

Beige rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1999 Craig Robbins.
Beige Rat
BLACK - Color is a good solid black throughout, showing no rustiness or white hairs. Eye color is black.

Black rat owned and bred by Jazmyn Concolor. Photo ©1997 Larry Ferris.

Read the article on “The Black Rat”.
Black Rat
BLUE - Color is a slate blue, as dark as possible showing no brown patches or silvering. Eye color is dark ruby or black.

Blue rat owned by Gina Hendricks, bred by Celeste Robinson. Photo ©1997 Craig Robbins.

Read the article on “The Blue Rat”
Blue Rat
BLUE-BEIGE - Color is a grayish-tan, not too dark, with a blue cast running throughout, not to be confused with Beige. Eye color is dark ruby.

Blue-Beige rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1995 Craig Robbins.
Blue-Beige Rat
CHAMPAGNE - To be an evenly warm beige, with no suggestion of dullness or grayness. Eyes red. (English, N.F.R.S.)

Champagne Tailless rat owned by Carissa Cosley. Photo ©1997 Larry Ferris.
Champagne Tailless Rat
CHOCOLATE - A deep rich chocolate, as even as possible, devoid of dinginess and white hairs or patches. The feet to match top color. Eyes black. (English, N.F.R.S.)

Chocolate rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1998 Craig Robbins.

Read the information on Chocolate.
Chocolate Rat
COCOA - Color is a light chocolate, similar to Swiss Miss powdered cocoa. Eyes dark ruby or black.

Cocoa rat owned and bred by Karen Robins. Photo ©1996 Craig Robbins.
Cocoa Rat
LILAC - Color is a medium dove gray, evenly mixed with brown, not too dark. Eye color is ruby or black.

Lilac Hooded rat owned by Nichole Royer. Photo ©1997 Craig Robbins.
Lilac Hooded Rat
MINK - To be an even mid gray-brown devoid of dinginess, silvering or patches, and having a distinct bluish sheen. Foot color to match top color. Eyes black. (English, N.F.R.S.)

Mink rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2006 Craig Robbins. Mink rats tend to patchiness and moulting as you can see in this female.

Read the article on “The Color Safir (Mink/Lilac)”.

Research article:
Mink Rat
PLATINUM - Color to be a light gray with no blue cast similar to platinum paint. Eye color is dark ruby or black.

Platinum rat owned by Chris Brodsky, bred by Michelle Collie. Photo ©1996 Craig Robbins.
Platinum Rat
RUSSIAN BLUE - Color to be similar to the blue mice or blue cats, a very dark slate blue color with dark ticking throughout. Eyes black.

Russian Blue rat owned and bred by Nancy Ferris. Photo ©2004 Karen Robbins.

Read the article on “Russian Blue Rats”.

Research articles:
Russian Blue Rat
RUSSIAN DOVE - Color to be a warm dove with ticking throughout similar to Russian Blue. Not to be confused with Platinum or Lilac. Eye color is black. (These come out of Russian Blue. Were called Silver Dove.)

Russian Dove rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1999 Craig Robbins.
Russian Dove Rat
SKY BLUE - 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.

Sky Blue rat owned by Hilary Phillips, bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©1996 Craig Robbins.
Sky Blue Rat
BLACK-EYED WHITE - To be as white as possible, devoid of creamy tinge or staining. Any colored hairs to be severely penalized. Eyes black.

Black-Eyed White rat owned by Laura Dale. Photo ©1996 Larry Ferris.
Black-Eyed White Rat
PINK-EYED WHITE - Color is a pure clean white, free from ivory, cream, or beige tint. Eye color is red.

Pink-Eyed White rat owned and bred by Narell Gagnon. Photo ©1998 Craig Robbins.

Read the article on “The Pink-Eyed White Rat”.

Research articles:
Pink-Eyed White Rat

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 Rat book.

Updated January 15, 2014