Marking

Variegated Downunder

This is the third Downunder ‘family’ phenotype to be standardised in the UK. Variegated Downunders are currently shown in the ‘New Varieties’ section at shows. There are still very few breeders in the UK who breed for any of the Downunder types, and currently there doesn’t appear to be anyone breeding specifically for Variegated Downunder. However, they can often appear in Spotted litters.

Genetics: A combination of alleles at the H locus (as per Variegated), plus the Downunder modifier. There is no agreed symbol for this modifier, however it is dominant and not found on the H locus.

NFRS Variety Standard: The head and shoulders to be of a distinct colour with a white spot or blaze on the forehead. Where a spot is present this should be centrally placed on the forehead, round or oval in shape and no bigger than the rat’s eye. Blazes are a wedge shaped symmetrical blaze of white, starting at the nose and taper to a fine point midway between the eyes and ears. Markings not to extend onto the cheeks or the eyes. The rest of the upper portion (back, sides and tail) of the rat’s body to be white, evenly marked with patches and flecks of distinct colour, the colour to conform to a recognised colour variety. Underside should havea broken marked centre line down the belly. Side spots desirable.
Faults: rusty patches, white toes, darker points on nose, tail root and feet