Dazzle Rats Rattery

Rat Markings...

The following diagrams and definitions are of the Fancy Rat markings commonly found in Australia.

Hooded

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To have a coloured head and shoulders and neck.  An even unbroken stripe to follow spine and partly down the tail.  Faults include, chin stripes, broken or uneven stripe, hood too wide.

Berkshire

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To have as much white on tummy as possible.  white to extend up all 4 legs.  Last third of tail to be white and headspot is preferred.

Blazed

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Ideally to have a 'wedge' shaped white stripe up the face, finishing in the middle of the forehead. Blazed most commonly seen on hooded and berkshire rats.

Capped

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Capped has a coloured head, the colour shouldn't extend past the ears. may have a white chin or chin stripe.

Self

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To be a solid colour all over rat.  Faults include white feet.

Irish

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Like a Berkshire but with a symmetrical triangle on the chest. 4 white feet and a white tip on tail preferred.

Bareback

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Similar to the hood with no stripe down back. To have a solid coloured head and shoulders.  Avoid spotting on body and chin stripes.

Variegated

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Solid coloured head and shoulders.  Head spot or blaze is ideal. with spotting across the rest of the body.  White chin or Chin stripes may be present.

Dalmation

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Similar to the dalmatian dog, spots to be marked evenly over body. faults include too much markings on the head, or too many spots in the 'hood' area and not enough on sides of rats.

Downunder

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Downunder refers to the coloured stripe down the tummy.  Downunders can be present on any colour.  Most commonly found on Hooded or Berkshires.
NB: These diagrams and definitions have been generously shared by Sharee of
Fancy Rattus Norvegicus.