Aiming to produce rats of show quality, focusing on enhancing the variety standard & conformation (type) whilst maintaining good health & temperament; in accordance with the NFRS variety guidelines as follows:
💚 Russian Blue (inc; dumbo & rex),
Colour to be similar to blue cats and dogs. A soft medium grey-blue with a metallic sheen. Faint, light speckling or a subtle ticked effect (heathering) is usual for this variety and is not a fault. Colour to be even, belly colour to match top. Undercolour dark blue down to skin. Coat to be short and thick- a long coat or a coat similar to that on other varieties (excluding rex) to be a serious fault. Eyes black.
💚 Copper (inc; dumbo)
NFRS Provisional Standard
To be a light copper colour with a soft metallic sheen delicately ticked with lilac, base coat light grey, feet and belly creamy silver. Russian coat. Eyes dark ruby to black.
Faults; brassy or grey tone, velvet coat.
The coat to be evenly dense and not excessively harsh, with as few long guard hairs as possible. Coat to be evenly curled and also to a lesser extent on the belly. Curly vibrissae (whiskers) are normal for Rex. Colour to conform to a recognised colour or pattern variety. Where Silver or ticked rats are rexed, allowances should be made for the lower number of guard hairs present than in normal varieties. Faults; Bald patches and lack of curl, although some leeway should be given for does.
To be judged as standard rats with the following differences:
The ears to be set low on the sides of the head, their base at the back of the cheeks wider and more open than a standard rat. The ear is slightly furled at the top and should stand out at a prominent angle from the head. The ear may appear to be rose petal shaped, but should be perfectly rounded and as flat as possible.
Head shape to follow the standard for normal eared rats, though may appear to differ due to the ear position. A prominent occiput (back of skull) is normal but should not present a 'hunchback' appearance.
Faults: creased, bent and wrinkled ears, ears being too narrow and pointed and tubular rather than rounded.
Serious faults: Dome skulls, fore-shortened or equilateral triangle shaped head, misplaced or small eyes.
Colour to conform to a recognised colour or pattern variety.