The hooded marking is one of the classic rat markings – it has been known long before there was a rat fancy, and back at the first rat show in 1901 it was a hooded rat that won.

In a parallel to the mouse variety, the hooded was originally known as “even marked” (for the fact it is symmetrical). Another common name was Japanese Hooded, or just Japanese – even today, this is the name used in some European countries.

Genetics: hh (two copies of the hooded allele on the h-locus).

NFRS standard: The hood shall be unbroken, covering the head, throat, chest and shoulders, except in the case of light coloured hooded varieties where a pale coloured throat and chest is permissible. The hood shall be continuous with the saddle spinal stripe which should extend down the spine to the tail, with as much of the tail as possible being coloured. The saddle width shall be a quarter to half an inch in length (nearer one quarter) – it must be as even as possible and unbroken. The edges of the hood and saddle shall be clear cut and devoid of brindling. The white area shall be pure and devoid of any yellowish tinge or staining.