Colours

Markings

Coat types

Body types

Genetics

Havana

The variety formerly known as the ruby eyed mocha, havana has a very similar story to the coffee variety – it’s a brown self rat that is a combination of fairly common genes, grandfathered in from the old Unstandardised classes, and it involves a bit of luck and selective breeding to get the correct shade […]

Coffee

Coffee has been on the NFRS standards list since the new variety class was brought in (it was grandfathered in from the old unstandardised classes). It’s a fairly simple variety to breed, in theory, being a combination of two fairly common genes, but it’s almost never seen. There is a fair bit of selective breeding […]

Cinnamon chinchilla

The newest addition to the chinchillated varieties in the UK standards, the cinnamon chinchilla is a fairly self-explanatory name for the combination of chinchilla and cinnamon. This variety has also been bred in the past in the US, where it was known by the more descriptive but less obvious name of rose grey.

Genetics: A […]

Blue point Himalayan

Blue point Himalayans are not the most popular or easy to breed variety, which is fair enough when you consider the hurdles in front of the (seal point) Himalayan variety. “True” blue point Himalayans tend to have even paler points than seal point Himalayans of the same type, and so tend not to do well […]

Golden Himalayan

Early on in the history of the black eyed Siamese, there was a variation nicknamed the “apricot” Siamese – so called because of the body colour, which was not the intended shade for Siamese. With careful breeding and selection, these eventually disappeared, leaving only the correct shade of Siamese, and the apricot Siamese were mainly […]

Blue point Siamese

The first blue point Siamese in the UK were bred using the British blue gene, long before Russians were imported. They were a delicate silver colour, with pretty blue points, but very pale and unshaded – many were shown as blue point Himalayans with success, rather than as Siamese. They remained an unstandardised variety and […]

Russian Burmese

As blue Siamese was the first alternative points colour of Siamese to be recognised, so it became the first variation regularly bred of the Burmese too. There is not much difference in the colour of blue Burmese based on British blue and that based on Russian blue except for the heathering and fur type given […]

Turpin

Another fairly rare marked variety, this unusual combination of Essex and chinchillation is not often seen at shows, and it is even difficult to come across photos clearly showing the markings. It is not yet a standardised variety in the UK, and does not even appear as a new variety in any other countries as […]

Spotted downunder

The second downunder variety to get a standard in the UK, the spotted downunder can also trace its roots back to the 1998 discovery of the downunder gene in Australia.

The spotted downunder looks like a capped rat with small spots of colour covering the body and stomach instead of the pure white body you’d […]

Hooded downunder

The name of the downunder rat varieties neatly allude to both the origins of the marking (being the first new variety of rat to appear in Australia, the land “down under”), and the marking itself – a stripe on the underside of the rat. This very distinctive and striking variety first appeared in 1998 in […]