AFRMA

American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

AFRMA Fancy Rats - Unstandardized

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.
Agouti Burmese Rat
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.
B.E. Siamese Rat
POWDER BLUE - Color to be a very light powder blue color with no suggestion of rustiness or grayness. Eye color to be dark ruby or black.

Genetics: aa gg (selected for very light shade—light version of Blue)

[Accepted into Unstandardized 1-26-13]

Powder Blue rat owned and bred by Jozzette & Mike Hagemann. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins.
Powder Blue Rat
DOWN UNDER - Top marking 20, belly marking 20, color 10

Down Under rats may be shown in any recognized color and markings, 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.
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. Can be undisplayed on Self rats or rats without significant markings.

[Accepted into Unstandardized 1-26-13; modified standard April 13, 2013]

Further Reading:
Down Under Berkshire Rat left side Down Under Berkshire Rat right side
Down Under Berkshire Rat
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. Down Under Hooded Rat left side
Down Under Hooded Rat right side Down Under Rat
Black Blaze Variegated Down Under Standard owned by Kimberly Millspaugh & Dustin Cheek, bred by Bonnie Walters. Photos ©2013 Karen Robbins. Down Under Blaze Variegated Rat back side Down Under Variegated Rat
Black Vari-Cap/Capped-Variegated Down Under Standard owned and bred by Kimberly Millspaugh. Photos ©2014 Emily Grammer. Down Under Capped-Variegated Rat back side Down Under Capped-Variegated Rat
Bristle Coat Rat
BRISTLE COAT - Coat 30, color 20
Bristle Coated rats to be shown in any recognized color or marking. The coat has a distinct and unique feel. This may be consistent with a wire brush–very coarse and stiff. The coat will be lightly curled/waved as very young kittens similar to Rex. It then straightens out as adults to having a harsh, rough-looking, messy coat. The whiskers will be straight to curled on the ends (similar to Satins) which is different than the curled Rex whiskers.

Genetics: unknown; this is a dominant gene.

Note: Males will have the harshest coat. Adults have minimal undercoat.

[Accepted into Unstandardized 7-27-13]

Bristle Coat rats owned and bred by Jozzette & Mike Hagemann. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins. See a larger photo of the rat above.
Bristle vs. Rex Kitten Coats
Bristle Kitten coat right vs. Rex coats left and middle. Bristle Coat whiskers are more straight than the curly Rex whiskers so you can tell Bristle Coats from Rex when young. Photo ©2013 Jozzette & Mike Hagemann. See a larger photo.

Bristle vs. Rex Kitten Whiskers
...and the kittens showing their whiskers. Bristle Coat kitten (more straight) whiskers (L), versus the curly Rex whiskers middle and right (P.E. Platinum). Photo ©2013 Jozzette & Mike Hagemann. See a larger photo.

Bristle Adult Whiskers
Bristle Coat adult whiskers. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins. See a larger photo.
PINK-EYED PLATINUM - Color to be an off-white with a grayish cast, not to be confused with Silver, Beige, or Champagne. Eye color is red.

Genetics: recessive

[Accepted into Unstandardized 10-26-13]

P.E. Platinum rat owned and bred by Jozzette & Mike Hagemann. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins.
P.E. Platinum Rat

For details on the Unstandardized Class, see the AFRMA New Standards/Unstandardized page.

Go to the AFRMA Non-Recognized Colors, Markings, & Coats rat page.

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 July 7, 2014