Coat

Velvet

A velvet coated rat is impossible to pick out as a kitten, only becoming distinctive after the adult fur moults in – this of course makes it difficult for breeders to select for in particular! One often mentioned way of telling a Velvet rat from a standard coated rat is to brush the fur in the wrong direction. With most rats this would feel obviously incorrect and the fur would try to sit back down, but in Velvets their plush fur will stand being brushed in any direction.

The velvet coat type is often seen in Russian blues and related colours, and may even be part of the Russian blue gene.

Genetics: Probably due to the interaction of several genes (polygenetic), including the Russian blue gene (rbrb).

AFRMA standard: The coat to be soft, short, and plush similar to Rex rabbits.