Some miscellaneous colors, markings, and coats of rats that have been produced by AFRMA breeders/seen at AFRMA shows but never standardized. There are many more out there.
See the AFRMA Official Color Standards Rat book for more.
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.
|VELVET - Coat 30, color 20
The coat to be soft, short, and plush similar to Rex rabbits. Russian Blue came from these rats; Blue-Beige, Silver Blue, Russian Fawn, Russian Silver, Russian Platinum came from Russian Blue; these colors have ticking/heathering and a different feel to their coats. Eye color to match base color.
[Accepted into Unstandardized July 18, 2009; removed from Accepted Proposed Unstd. December 1, 2012, and moved to Non-Recognized due to lack of entries.]
Genetics: unknown (bred as a recessive)
Note: Developed by Karla Barber from
very pale bluish beigerats shipped from the East Coast in 1987; coat doesn’t develop until adult; coat has minimal guard hairs so Agouti colors look like a different color than what they are.
Read the information on Velvet Rats.
A Blue-Beige Velvet rat owned and bred by Karla Barber. Photo ©1997 Karla Barber.
A Fawn? Velvet rat owned and bred by Karla Barber. Photo ©2009 Karen Robbins. This rat had very light ruby eyes.
A Russian Blue Agouti Burmese Velvet rat owned by Kimberly Millspaugh, bred by Connie & Ken Van Doren. Photo ©2013 Karen Robbins. Coat has minimal ticking so you don’t get the “blue” ticking over the entire rat which makes the color look like a different color
|HARLEY - Has a sparse, fine, wispy coat with no undercoat that falls out easily. Reported that most lines have health/breeding issues so not likely to be standardized in AFRMA. If interested in breeding this variety, choose a line without any issues.
Genetics: unknown (recessive gene)
Note: Found in pet shop in 2002 by Debbi Needham, Odd Fellows Rattery (OFR), WA. Has a shiny coat like Satins.
B.E. Himalayan Harley Dumbo owned by Jozzette Hagemann, bred by CT Rattery. Photo ©2012 Karen Robbins.
A Beige Harley Dumbo owned by Kaily Porter, bred by Jeannine Porter. She has a little thicker coat than the one above and has a bare spot on the side of her face. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.
|D’ARGENT - These 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. White tips disappear when wet just showing the dark undercoat. Has a
facial mask(darker muzzle and eye area; mask shows up at 3–4 weeks of age, sometimes not until 12 weeks). Babies start out solid black then gets the silvering (leaving a mask) that increases with age until the tips are all white. Color, mask, and development like the D’argent rabbits. Not to be confused with silvered, Roan, or
Genetics: unknown (dominant gene)
Note: In other colors, but Black shows the color contrast the best. Originated from pet shop/feeder stock by Derek Berrier/Jessica Jones Cashwell (Kadru’s Clutch/“Squeaks and Nibbles”), Hampstead, NC, 2012; a.k.a.
A 7-week-old Agouti D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.
A 7-week-old Black D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.
The undercolor of the 7-week-old Black D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2015 Karen Robbins.
A Russian Blue D’Argent male owned and bred by Nikki Kimura. Photo ©2016 Karen Robbins.
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.
An 11-month-old adult male 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.