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AFRMA’s Rat Self Colors Poster: Blue, Sky Blue, Powder Blue, Russian Blue, Platinum http://www.afrma.org/sales/posterratcolors.htm.
AFRMA’s Rat Silvered Colors Poster: Silver Blue http://www.afrma.org/sales/posterratcolors.htm.
The Blue gene rat gg is genetically the same Blue rat that is in England (they now call theirs
British Blue; in 2004 N.F.R.S. changed
the name from
Blue for administrative purposes and to distinguish from Russian Blue, breeders were having people ask for
blue and found
out they wanted
Russian Blue). These rats come in 3 recognized shades in AFRMA: Blue (have to select to get them dark and select against a white
undercolor which is the same as the N.F.R.S. http://www.nfrs.org/varietiesself.html), Sky Blue (this is the shade the rats naturally want to come in
without any selection, common to have the whitish undercolor), and Powder Blue (selected to be very pale).
American Blue is incorrect as this makes it sound like it is different genetically than the ones in England which it is not (multiple
test breedings have been done to prove this). The term
American Blue has been used for a number of different shades from the dark Blue, to the
medium most common shade Sky Blue, to the light Powder Blue.
Read more about Blue rats in the articles
Blue rats can have a bleeding disorder and those that do should not be bred from and only lines that don’t have it should be used
My Rat Project: Blue Rat Bleeding Disorders/Blue Rats With Hemophilia; Russian Blue Bleeding Problem,
Blue Dumbo female rat owned by Kimberly Millspaugh, bred by Michelle Grissett http://www.afrma.org/ratselfs.htm#bluerat. Photo ©2011 Karen Robbins.
Blue Satin male rat owned and bred by Nancy Ferris http://www.afrma.org/ratvar.htm#satin. Photo ©200 Karen Robbins.
Sky Blue Dumbo male rat owned and bred by Jozzette Hagemann http://www.afrma.org/ratselfs.htm#skyblue. Photo ©2012 Karen Robbins.
Powder Blue Rex male rat owned and bred by Jozzette Hagemann http://www.afrma.org/ratselfs.htm#powderbluerat. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins.
Russian Blues are the same color as seen in other species (mice, cats, dogs, rabbits) and is the dd gene. We originally called them
Mouse Blue since they looked the same as the Blue mice. These were then renamed Russian Blue after the breed of cat that is this color.
They have a natural
ticked/heathered look to their coats due to the clumping of the color by the gene (same as in other species).
Blueas being the same as other species.
Blueas being the same as the ones in 1936 (
Bluewas first described in 1929) and has a photo of a
BlueHooded with a couple black patches on the side and face.
There have been reported cases of Russian Blues that were sent to South Africa having the same type of bleeding disorder as normal Blues
Russian Blue Standard male rat owned and bred by Karen Robbins http://www.afrma.org/ratselfs.htm#russblu. Photo ©2003 Craig Robbins.
A 10-week-old Russian Blue Standard male kitten rat, owned and bred by Mayumi Anderson http://www.afrma.org/stdsrat.htm. Photo ©2011 Karen Robbins.
Silver Blue rats are a combination of Russian Blue and Blue. They look very similar in color to Sky Blue but with the Russian Blue
Silver Blue Standard female rat owned and bred by Linda Sinclair http://www.afrma.org/ratsilvr.htm#silblue. Photo ©1999 Craig Robbins.
Platinum rats are a combination of Blue and either Mink/Lilac (have ruby eyes) or Chocolate (have black eyes) depending on eye color. These are a plain gray color with no blue or brown tones.
Platinum Dumbo male rat owned by Kimberly Millspaugh, bred by Michelle Grissett https://www.afrma.org/ratselfs.htm#platrat. Photo ©2012 Karen Robbins.