Accepted Proposed Animals
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.
|AGOUTI BURMESE - Color 20, points (nose, ears, feet, tail) 20,
evenness of ticking 10
Body color to be a warm brown, not too dark or too red, similar to Cinnamon, with a light gray-brown at the base of the hair. Coat is evenly ticked with medium brown guard hairs. Belly color to be light silvery brown. Points to be distinctly darker than body color with shading at the base of the tail. Eyes black. Agouti Burmese to be shown only in AOCP class. a.k.a. Wheaten Burmese in the N.F.R.S. (Agouti plus Burmese).
[Accepted into Unstandardized 2-9-08]
Agouti Burmese rat owned and bred by Connie & Ken Van Doren. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.
Read the article on Burmese Rat Genetics.
|B.E. SIAMESE - Shading 20, color of points 15, color of body 15
Body color to be medium beige, gradually and evenly shaded over saddle and hindquarters towards the belly, being darkest at the base of the tail. There should be no white or very pale areas anywhere on the body, feet or tail. Tail color to extend down the length of the tail. Belly to be light beige. Points to be rich dark sepia (of a grayer/cooler tone than R.E. Siamese) and shade evenly into the body color. Eyes black. B.E. Siamese to be shown only in AOCP class.
[Accepted into Unstandardized 7-18-09]
B.E. Siamese rat owned and bred by Brian Shafer. Photo ©2008 Karen Robbins.
Read the article on Burmese Rat Genetics.
|DOWN UNDER - Top marking 20, belly marking 20, color 10
Down Under rats may be shown in any recognized color and markings with Vari-Capped allowed only in Down Under class, adhering to the standard for that marking, with the exception of English Irish, Irish, Masked, or Essex as Down Under doesn’t display visibly with these markings. To have standard markings on the topside of the rat and corresponding belly stripe or spots. A belly stripe is to be as solid and symmetrical as possible and not contain any white spots. Belly spots are to be numerous and evenly distributed. Vari-Capped Down Unders to be Capped rats with the addition of spotting down the spine and sides like a Variegated rat plus the addition of the spotting on the belly.
Faults: Uneven belly markings and demarcation; white markings on the belly stripe; incomplete belly stripe; inadequate spots; spots in white areas on Hooded.
Disqualifications: Extremely poor belly stripe; belly stripe too large so as to not have any white showing on Berkshire; lack of belly spots.
Genetics: unknown; dominant marked gene; some genetics remain unknown, in particular it is unknown if it is homozygous lethal as not many examples of 100% Down Under litters can be found; further test breeding is necessary.
Note: Appeared in Australian breeder Cindy Cairns Rattery, The Rodent Ranch, in 1998. Name of Down Under suggested by U.K. breeder Sue Brown. Can be undisplayed on Self rats or rats without significant markings.
[Accepted into Unstandardized 1-26-13; modified standard April 13, 2013; added Vari-Capped December 6, 2014]
Black Berkshire Down Under Standard owned and bred by Kimberly Millspaugh & Dustin Cheek. Photos ©2013 Karen Robbins.
|Black Hooded Down Under Standard owned by Gina Hendricks, bred by Bonnie Walters. Photos ©2005 Karen Robbins.|
|Black Blaze Variegated Down Under Standard owned by Kimberly Millspaugh & Dustin Cheek, bred by Bonnie Walters. Photos ©2013 Karen Robbins.|
|Black Vari-Capped Down Under Standard owned and bred by Kimberly Millspaugh. Photos ©2014 Emily Grammer.|
For details on the Unstandardized Class, see the AFRMA New Standards/Unstandardized page.
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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.