AFRMA

American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

AFRMA Fancy Rats - Unstandardized

AFRMA Accepted Proposed Animals. These are in the process of being standardized in AFRMA.

For complete details of these Standards including points, faults, and disqualifications, please refer to the AFRMA Show Regulations & Standards book.

Note: The pictures on this page are not meant to be true representatives of the animal’s color. Because of differences in monitors (CRT/LCD) and how the monitor is adjusted, the colors may be different. Seeing in person is always best.

D’Argent  Roan  Silver Russian Dove

D’ARGENT - Silver tipping 15, undercolor 15, coat texture 10, evenness of silver tipping 5, facial mask 5
D’Argent rats to be shown in Black, Chocolate, Mink, or Russian Blue only. Eye color to correspond to the base color. Rats to have a solid undercolor with silver-white tips to the hairs giving an overall heavily silvered look. Rats will also have a facial mask (darker muzzle and eye area). Coat to have a soft, silky feel with a sheen. Color, mask, and development like the D’Argent rabbits. Not to be confused with silvered, Roan, or Frosted. To be shown in AOC class only.

Faults: Molting, patchy, uneven, or not enough silvering; too much undercolor showing through.

Genetics: unknown (dominant gene); pheomelanin (red) colors are diluted

[Accepted into Unstandardized January 26, 2019]

Note: D’Argent rats are similar to Roan in that they will get more white as they age; however, rather than having silvered and non-silvered hairs, their coat will have the tips that look white with a solid undercolor. White tips disappear when wet just showing the dark undercolor because of the translucent effect of the gene. The illusion of light reflecting through the translucent hair shaft is what gives D’Argent the silvered look.

Babies start out a normal color then get the silver tips as soon as their fur starts to come in or as late as around 12 weeks of age that increases with age until the tips of the hairs are all white leaving a dark facial mask. Rats that have an intense degree of silver tips at a young age generally tend to be heavily silvered into old age. Silver tips comes in various degrees from heavily silvered to very lightly silvered. D’Argent to D’Argent breedings produce the best examples of this mutation.

Originated from pet shop/feeder stock by Derek Berrier/Jessica Jones Cashwell (Kadru’s Clutch/Squeaks and Nibbles), Hampstead, North Carolina, 2012; a.k.a. Silvermane.

Read the article D’Argent? Litter vs. Frosted
Agouti D’Argent Rat
A 7-week-old Agouti D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins. The silver tips are hard to tell on the diluted agouti color so Agouti will not be recognized.

Black D’Argent Rat
A 7-week-old Black D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.

Black D’Argent Rat
The undercolor of the 7-week-old Black D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.

Mink D’Argent Rat
A Mink D’Argent female owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Nikki Kimura.

Russian Blue D’Argent Rat
A Russian Blue D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2016 Karen Robbins.

Russian Blue D’Argent Rat
The undercolor of the Russian Blue D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. The undercolor isn’t as striking of a difference with the silverish tips as the black. Photo ©2016 Karen Robbins.

Black D’Argent Rat
An 11-month-old adult male Black D’Argent owned and bred by Nicole Housel. There is more undercolor showing through at this age and the silverish tips aren’t as bright but the mask is still distinct. Photo ©2016 Karen Robbins.
ROAN - 20 points for roaning, 15 points for markings, 10 points for top color, 5 points for blaze or headspot
Roan rats to be shown in any recognized color and come in Berkshire, Blaze Berkshire, or striped markings. Berkshire and Blaze Berkshire to conform to existing standards. Striped roan to have the body a pure clean white (devoid of creamy tinge or staining) and free from spots or brindling, with a colored stripe extending in an unbroken line from the head to the tail, be of moderate width, and be free of ragged edges or brindling. Striped Roans will also have a white blaze on the face to conform to existing standards. The color should be confined to the head and back only, not appearing on the underside (throat, chest, belly) or sides.

Roan is to be judged on evenness and symmetry of Roaning, not amount of Roaning, as older animals will have more white hairs. White hairs shall be evenly distributed throughout the coat, though a darker center line down the spine is acceptable but not desired. Roan not to be confused with silvered animals. Eye color to match base color, though a ruby cast is common (to be accepted, but not desired).

Clearly distinct from existing varieties, Roans are born a solid color. During the first molt, juvenile animals start to exhibit roaning. This is a steady increase in the amount of white hairs intermingling with the solid color, starting with the sides, face, and tail root, then working up to the nape of the neck and back. With each individual molt, the rat becomes progressively lighter, the final effect not fully complete until well into adulthood, at which point the animal is almost completely white.

Faults: Patchiness, brindling, uneven or insubstantial roaning, colored spots in white areas/white spots in colored areas; too little or too much white on face on Blazed versions; other faults as to respective markings; Striped Roan: stripe too wide or too narrow; stripe broken, ragged/brindled edges to the stripe, any suggestion of a Hood marking.

Genetics: recessive

[Accepted into Unstandardized 1-6-18]

Note: a.k.a. Husky; always comes in Berkshire/Blaze Berkshire or Striped (with Blaze) markings. When Roan is bred with Self, you get Self, not various types of markings.

Further Reading: “The European Husky” (Roan)
Berkshire Roan Rat
Black Berkshire Roan Standard owned and bred by Helen Pembrook. Photo ©2003 Craig Robbins.

Striped Roan Rat
Agouti Striped Roan Standard owned by Gina Hendricks. Photo ©2003 Craig Robbins.

Blaze Berkshire Roan Rat
Black Blaze Berkshire Roan Standard owned and bred by Helen Pembrook. Photo ©2003 Craig Robbins.
SILVER RUSSIAN DOVE - Color to be a warm dove with ticking throughout (similar to the Russian Blue ticking) with silver-white hairs evenly distributed throughout the coat. Not to be confused with Silver Mink or Silver Lilac. Eye color is black.

[Accepted into Unstandardized 1-30-16]

Note: These are not Russian Dove Pearl as they don’t have the light undercolor. Shows best as kittens and young adults.
11-week-old Silver Russian Dove Rat
Silver Russian Dove rat (11 weeks old) owned and bred by Jozzette Hagemann. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.

5-month-old Silver Russian Dove Rat
...and the rat from above at 5 months old. Silver Russian Dove male owned and bred by Jozzette Hagemann. Photo ©2016 Karen Robbins.


For details on the Unstandardized Class, see the AFRMA New Standards/Unstandardized page.

Go to the AFRMA Non-Recognized Colors, Markings, & Coats rat page.

For complete details of the Standards including points, faults, eliminations, and disqualifications, please refer to the AFRMA Show Regulations & Standards book.

Purchase the AFRMA Official Color Standards Rat book.

Updated February 16, 2019