Colour

Dove

Known as Russian dove rather than just dove in the UK for reasons beyond my power of comprehension, dove rats can be considered the Russian analogue of the lilac rat. They are made in the same way as lilac in many other species (put simply – blue plus brown), and they have the distinctive pink tinge that lilac standards tend to call for.

As they are based on Russian, doves have the distinctive heathering that all Russian varieties get, and this means they are easy to tell apart from true lilacs. There are three distinct ways to make a dove rat, but all give a very similar overall colour. It’s probably this flexibility combined with doves being a robust and healthy variety that has contributed to the dove overtaking the lilac in popularity in the UK.

Genetics: Russian blue combined with either chocolate, mink, or American mink (aabbrbrb, aammrbrb, or (aaamamrbrb)

NFRS Standard: To be a warm pinky grey. Faint light speckling or a subtle ticked effect (heathering) is usual for this variety and is not a fault. Colour to be level throughout. Not to be confused with platinum or lilac. Belly colour to match top, undercolour pale grey to the skin. Eyes Black.