Marking

Bareback

The simplest explanation of a Bareback rat is a Hooded rat without the stripe. A more vivid description would be of a rat dipped in paint up to the shoulders.

There are a couple of different variations that produce Barebacks (multiple genotypes are a common thread to most marked varieties). Often you will get rats that have a tiny little bit of a stripe, or a patch down at the tail which could pass as either mismarked Hooded or mismarked Barebacks.

There can be some confusion between Barebacks and Capped, when the markings are not quite right. As a general rule, Barebacks have colour going further back to the shoulders than a Capped, and they have coloured chins.

Genetics: Either Hooded with a recessive modifier to remove the stripe (h/h hms/hms) or homozygous for another “h” locus gene.

NFRS standard: The hood shall be unbroken, covering the head, throat, chest and shoulders, except in the case of light coloured Bareback varieties where a pale coloured throat is permissible. The remainder of the body to be white. The edges of the hood shall be clear cut and devoid of brindling. The white area shall be pure and devoid of any yellowish tinge or staining.