My Ratte, Black Silvermane Self Harley

Harley - the history of the long-haired rat

Kathrin Guttmann Fur, Knowledge, Breeding & Genetic

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The first documented Harely Rat (Langhaarratte) was on 1. September 2002 Debbi J. Needham (Odd Fellows Rattery) discovered in a pet shop. Debbi writes, that she thought only, that a teddy hamster in the cage would sit in front of her and then realized at second glance, that it was a rat. She took the rat lady, the ca. was two months old and baptized them in the name of Harley, with him their own store. A short time later gave birth to five babies Harley. The father was probably one of her litter brothers, who had met early. They were all Siamese / Himalayan color as her mother. Harley even had a noticeable hair structure. She was not willing like a velveteen or Rex, but long and soft.

Four of the babies had thick, plushy coat, that looked like velvet. However, it seemed longer than the fur of Velveteen puppies of the same age. The whiskers were less undulating than those of velveteens. One of the babies had straight hair. The guard hairs were longer, a bit like a langhaarigere variant of satin coat.

In March 2003 All babies were fully grown. Four of them had beautiful velveteen fur, but none had the thin, inherited long fur of Harley. Debbi Needham raised the question, whether the skin structure has been caused by a recessive gene, that when the babies heterozygous existed. In addition, Debbi had the theory, that when Harley a unique combination of velveteen- and Stain gene was present, mämlich Velveteen a dominant allele and homozygous alleles present Satin. She made a test mating with Harleys daughter OFR Harley Jr. and a rat with satin fur. OFR Harley Jr. had curled coat, So should have inherited the dominant allele Velveteen from her mother, and should also wear a satin allele, when Harley homzygot would for Satin. Some descendants of the mating of OFR Harley Jr. and a satin rat should therefore be velveteen and satin homzygot and thus have the same coat like Harley sen. Alle Velveteen-Babies, who were born, appeared as normal velveteens. The standard babies had slightly longer appearing Fell, but did not show Harleys special coat structure.

Im Mai 2003 Debbi could reproduce the coat structure of Harley. Harley gave birth to two babies - Ducati und Aprilla - exactly what they looked like. This was the result of a mating of Harley with one of her sons. Therefore concluded Debbi, that it was the result of a homozygous recessive gene in Harley coat structure. She described the coat as follows: The coat appears longer, presumably because of increased outer coat, that possibly. is longer. The texture is soft and thin like a Teddyhamder, a Persian cat or a Angora rabbits. The hairs curl slightly around the nose. The velveteens, who came from Harleys line, seemed to have a special coat structure. The coat appeared longer, plushy and strubbeliger, almost spreading, but did not have the same structure as Harleys fur. the standard- and satin coat seemed to have longer guard hairs, especially among babies.

The first long-haired rat - Harley

SPAR Dakota, Black Harley smooth-haired from the Sparticles
Rattery in Oregon, USA. 2004/2005

OFR Guinivere, Double Velveteen Harley Himalaya Mädchen. You may have inherited two genes curls, which has resulted in a very thin coat like at Double-Rex. However, the coat not falling. Some hair remained long and were spread all over the body.


OFR Ducati, Dumbo Himalayan Harley Junge - Harleys Sohn, Born on the 1. May 2003. His fur and Aprillas correspond to the, like Harleys look mostly.



OFR Teacup, glattharriges Harley Himalayan girls. She was the first smooth-haired Harley, who was born in the OFR. Their fur was fluffy, smooth and long.

OFR Tea Bisquit, Himalaya Harley
Dwarf glatthaarig - girl - Born on the 7. April 2004. She was the first Dwarf rat with Harley-fur. 2006 she has had her last litter, then closed the OFR.

OFR Johnny, Dumbo Harley
Himalaya Young. Sohn von Ducati OFR (Himalaya Harley) and OFR Bella (Himalayan Harley-bearer), Born on the 17. September 2003. His coat looks unkempt and woolly from.

OFR Hershell, Dumbo Burmese curly Harley Young, Born on the 22. September 2005. Hershell. He was the only Burmese Harley in the OFR in 2005.

OFR Teacup, glattharriges Harley Himalayan girls. She was the first smooth-haired Harley, who was born in the OFR. Their fur was fluffy, smooth and long.

The subsequent history of Harleys

January 2004 - First Harleys were sent to the North East States of the USA.

April 2004 - The first Harley Dwarf was born. OFR Tea Biscuit war ein Himalaya Harley - non-curly coated - Dwarf. Harley- and Dwarf-carriers were sent to California.

October 2004 - The Harley-rat OFR Teacup and her litter were exhibited at the RatsPacNW rat show.

22. September 2004 Harley dies aged 2 Years and two months. Until then, the life expectancy of Harley-rats at OFR was about two years and there were no cases of Gesäugetumoren reported in the line.

November 2004 - Harley Dwarf rat was issued at Ratapalooza III. Debbi gets two Agouti Harley-carriers from the Sparticles Rattery in Oregon.

Herbst 2004 - There are now in California, Pennsylvania, Washington and Michigan Ratterys with Harley rats. In the autumn 2004 Harleys were exported from OFR to the Czech Repubilk.

December 2004 - Debbi reported, Harley that are very friendly and very good mothers. Litter sizes are in 5-10 Babies. The mortality rate among babies is very low. The size of the babies is uniform and well. However, there are reports of two Harley-breeders, that they have lost throws during the first days after birth in two related primiparous Harley-mothers.

March 2005 - RatsPacNW rat club standardizes the Harley-rat. There are agoutifarbene and black Harley rats.

June 2005 - Harleys are now grown throughout the United States and the Czech Republic. In Oregon, a breeder strives, to breed smooth-haired Harleys. In OFR there are the first hybrids with Burmese. Harleys are crossed into established lines.

January 2006 - Harleys can be grown in smooth-haired variants. Curly fur appears, when a dominant gene as Rex or Velveteen is crossed. From the original Harley-line two curly coat types were isolated. The one corresponding to the Velveteen. The other is very loose and plush. It does not show up, at a mating with a different type curly Fells.