Zephyr varieties

Examples of kittens at homing age
(note that the colours will darken and become richer with age, and agouti based colours develop stronger orange tones in adulthood.)

Rats which don't exhibit any colour genes are either black or agouti. My breeding plans centre around rats exhibiting the american mink gene
which have very dark ruby eyes, and some rats will be agouti based (mink agouti is known as cinnamon).
Consequently most Zephyr litters for the american line will include:
black (not always very black!)
agouti (all agouti based rats have paler bellies):
american mink
american cinnamon


Jump to see various comparison shots of these dark varieties.

I will also be breeding some american cinnamon essex - these rats have fully white bellies, a head marking which will range from
a small spot to a full blaze (and all possible splodges inbetween), and the american cinnamon colour will be faded to a more pastel shade.
There may occasionally be some with odd eyes (caused by the white markings migrating into one eye) i.e. one dark ruby eye as normal, and the other a lighter ruby.

american cinnamon essex
... with odd eyes


One secondary line is based around quicksilver, which is the result of combining the american gene with pale british blue.
If the platinum modifier is also present, then the lighter eyed result is platinum. Pale british blue rats may also appear from time to time.

quicksilver
quicksilver agouti
platinum
platinum agouti
pale british blue
pale british blue agouti


Jump to see various comparison shots of these blue based varieties.


Another secondary line is for havana and havana agouti, which means chocolate based american mink or cinnamon carrying the buff/topaz gene.
These have a paler creamier tone to their coat and lighter eyes than the straight chocolate based americans do.
It is possible that buff or topaz based rats will appear in some litters although I hope to minimise the chance of this as such rats can have slow clotting times if they get injured.
These are normally ruby eyed, but any that crop up will also be expressing american chocolate which causees dilution to a lighter coat and paler eyes.
Chocolate rats may also appear from time to time.

havana
havana agouti
chocolate american mink
chocolate american cinnamon
dilute buff
dilute topaz
chocolate (sadly my chocs often look more like light blacks)
chocolate agouti


Jump to see various comparison shots of these orange varieties.


My other line is for Silken (aka silvermane), which is a coat type resulting in silver tips to the hairs for self colours,
and gold tips for agouti based varieties, sometimes a facial mask effect when the base coat is dark enough, and a silky texture.
The silvering on poor examples comes and goes, but the coat retains its silken feel.
a poor black silken
a nice agouti silken
chocolate silken
chocolate agouti silken
american mink silken
american cinnamon silken


Some litters will include dumbos, and most rats will have some degree of silvering which will come and go through their life.

top eared
dumbo eared
slight silvering
heavily silvered




Comparison pictures of the darker shades:

black and agouti
chocolate and chocolate agouti
american mink and american cinnamon
chocolate american mink and chocolate american cinnamon
black and chocolate
chocolate and american mink
american mink and chocolate american mink
two shades of american mink - cooler and warmer
agouti (above) and chocolate agouti (below) adult does
agouti and chocolate agouti adult bucks
chocolate agouti (above) and american cinnamon (below) bucks
chocolate american cinnamon and american cinnamon adult does


Comparison pictures of the blue based shades:

pale british blue and pale british blue agouti
quicksilver and quicksilver agouti
platinum and platinum agouti
chocolate platinum agouti (above) and chocolate platinum (below)
pale british blue, quicksilver, and platinum
quicksilver, platinum, and pale british blue
pale british blue, quicksilver, and platinum
quicksilver, platinum, and pale british blue
platinum, quicksilver, and pale british blue
quicksilver agouti and pale british blue agouti
platinum agouti and quicksilver agouti
chocolate platinum agouti and platinum agouti
pale british blue agouti, chocolate platinum agouti, and quicksilver agouti


Comparison pictures of the orange shades:

topaz and havana agouti kittens
dilute buff and two dilute topaz kittens
havana agouti and topaz adults
havana (silvered) and havana agouti adults
havana (silvered) and havana agouti
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topaz, havana agouti, and havana (silvered)