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AFRMA Fancy Rats - Silvered

The following are the rat silvered colors as recognized by the American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association. See Fancy Rat Genes for genetics. See also the series of Rat Genetics articles.


The coat is evenly interspersed with white hairs.

General Silvered Faults – Not enough Silvering; faded or rusty color; mottling or shading of color; light underparts, except where otherwise noted; white feet.

General Silvered 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.

SILVER BLACK - Color is dark charcoal, the blacker the better, evenly ticked with silvered hairs throughout. Eye color is black. (Geri Hauser)

Note: At the present time most Silver Blacks come in Dalmatian.

[Standardized April 12, 1992]

Silver Black heavy Dalmatian rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins. Photo ©2011 Karen Robbins.

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Silver Black Rat
SILVER BLUE - Color to be a medium blue with silver-white hairs evenly distributed throughout the coat. A lighter undercolor is preferred. Eye color is black.

[Standardized August 7, 1999]

Note: Came out of Russian Blue breedings; a.k.a. Russian Silver in the N.F.R.S.; is Blue + Russian Blue

Silver Blue rat owned and bred by Linda Sinclair. Photo ©1999 Craig Robbins.
Silver Blue Rat
SILVER CHOCOLATE - To be a deep rich chocolate, as even as possible, devoid of dinginess or patches. The coat should contain equal numbers of silvered and non-silvered hairs. Each silvered hair to have as much of its length white as possible - a colored tip to be allowed. Silvering to give an overall sparkling appearance. Eyes black. (English N.F.R.S.) (added July 26, 1987)

Silver Chocolate rat owned by Donna Kingsley. Photo ©1988 Larry Ferris.
Silver Chocolate Rat
SILVER FAWN - To be rich orange fawn, evenly ticked with silver guard hairs. Belly fur to be white. The definition between top color and white belly to be sharp and clear cut, devoid of brindling. Eyes red. (English N.F.R.S.)

Note: is a P.E. Agouti; Amber is a light version of Silver Fawn

Silver Fawn rat owned by Gina Hendricks, bred by Linda Sinclair. Photo ©1998 Craig Robbins.
Silver Fawn Rat
SILVER LILAC - Color to be dove gray with a blueish sheen. Coat is evenly ticked with silver white hairs throughout. Eye color is black.

Note: Came out Karen Hauser’s Lilac breedings in 1979; Lilac and Mink look similar (just selected for different shades) and work the same in producing other colors but are not the same gene; a.k.a. American Mink or mock Mink

Silver Lilac rat (moulting) owned by Emily Grammer, bred by Bonnie Walters. Photo ©2014 Karen Robbins.
Silver Lilac Variegated Rat
SILVER MINK - To be an even mid gray-brown devoid of dinginess or patches and having a distinct blueish sheen. The coat should contain equal numbers of silvered and non-silvered hairs. Each silvered hair to have as much of its length white as possible – a colored tip to be allowed. Silvering to give an overall sparkling appearance. Eyes black. (English N.F.R.S.)

Note: Mink and Lilac look similar (just selected for different shades) and work the same in producing other colors but are not the same gene

Silver Mink rat (8 weeks old) owned and bred by Mayumi Anderson. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins.

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Silver Mink 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 March 28, 2016