Known as “red eyed devil” in Europe, the marten variety was named as such after being imported into the UK in March 2010. As kittens, martens appear to be red eyed blacks, and then as they grow the fur changes to a deep rich grey, with a distinctive pale muzzle and “eyebrows”, as well as a little pale fur behind the ears.
Genetics: Appears to be aacmcm (non-agouti with two copies of the marten gene at the c-locus).
NFRS Standard: Body colour mid grey with light heathering, with no suggestion of brown or blue tones. Fur on the face to be lighter on the whisker bed, over the eyes and behind the ears. Belly colour a slightly paler shade of grey than the top. Foot colour to match top. Eyes pink or black.
Faults: rusty patches, white toes or patches, darker points on the nose, tail root or feet.