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Silvermane / Silver - Shades of the rats

Kathrin Guttmann Shades / Shade, Knowledge, Breeding & Genetic

The Silvermane Shade is a relatively new discovery in pet rats breeding. 2013 appeared in AFRMA Council & Mouse Tales news-magazine an article, in an e-mail from Jessica Jones (Kadru´s Clutch / Squeaks and Nibbles Rattery) was printed, in which the first probably is described Silvermane. Jessica had moved animals from a pet shop and bred with them. Eventually she had given rats from this strain to a food animal breeder, her Dumbos from one of the litters, he had with the rats, returned. One of these rats was the goat Ro (or Rowan), which had a significant silver staining and dark areas to muzzle and eyes. since 2012 Jessica Jones worked with the animals and called the new Shade "Silvermane". The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Society finally named the color on the basis of a similar color in rabbits in order D'Argent.

Illustration: Russian Blue Silvermane

The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association describes the D'Argent (or. Silvermane) Rat as follows:

These rats are similar to Huskies (Roan) because they are white with age. However, they have not silver and not silver hair, but the fur has hair tips, appearing white. These peaks disappear, when the rat gets wet, so that only the dark under-coat shows a result of the transparent effect of the allele. The refraction of light in the colorless skin makes this appear white and gives the Silvermane / D'Argent the silvery appearance (the same phenomenon, what polar bears appear white lässts). She has a face mask (darker muzzle and around the eyes, shows up with 3-4 weeks, but sometimes not before 12 week). Babies are initially completely black, then get silver tips, until all hair tips are white.

The hair structure is at Silver Manes unlike non-Silver Manes. The coat looks much silkier and softer.

Point of time, from the first silver shows, can vary greatly. I had already Animals, who were recognizable as Silvermane already with the break of the first Fells, and also those, the first of over six weeks until the age of silver showed signs.

Silvermane can theoretically occur with each color together, but is most visible on dark colors. In the identification can help, that the transparent hair glow under black light.

The Silvermane allele inherited dominant over the non-Silvermane allele.

The standard of Silvermane- / D'Argent Rat

Silvermane under the name D'Argent at 26.01.2019 officially entered the category of unstandardized American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association recorded.

The rats should provide a single uniform color have with silver-white hair tips, total give the rat a strong silvery appearance. The rats have a face mask (Dark area around mouth and nose). The coat should feel soft and silky and shine. colour, Mask and development should be like Champagne D'Argent Rabbits. Does not involve Silvered, Roan or Frosted be confused. Silvermane / D'Argent may only in black, Chocolate, Mink and Russian Blue are issued. rating: Silver hair tips 15, under Color 15, Fellstruktur 10, Uniformity of white hair tips 5, face mask 5, Faults: shedding, splotchy, uneven or not enough Silvering, too much understeer color, shines through.

Illustration: Black Silvermane baby at the age of 5 meet. The Silvermane mask is already very recognized

Illustration: In comparison, rat Janosch, the only over the age of 6 Weeks has shown the Silvermane shading

Illustration: Black Silvermane

Illustration: Black Silvermane

Illustration: Blacvk Silvermane

Illustration: Black Silvermane

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Illustration: Cinnamon Pearl Silvermane (Exotic Whiskers Rattery)

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Illustration: Cinnamon Pearl Silvermane (Exotic Whiskers Rattery)

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Illustration: Burmese Silvermane Jungtier

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Illustration: Russian Blue Burmese Silvermane Jungtier