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The Fun Mouse: Varieties Introduction: Coat Types

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StandardLab name: Coat referred to as Wild Type
Fancier name: Standard
Genotype: Standard is the lack of other coat modifiers.
Originated: Wild
Show class: Standard
General description: Coat should have a high shine, glossy, smooth, thick, short coat.

SatinLab name: Satin
Fancier name: Satin
Genotype: sa/sa
Chromosome: 13
Originated: Labs (radiation-induced)
Show class: Satin
General description: Satins have a very silky, soft, dense, and shiny coat. Satin can be harder to see on black mice with an already shiny coat. For black mice, look at the belly of the mouse, as this is where satin will be more apparent. [learn more]

AngoraLab name: Angora
Fancier name: Angora
Genotype: go/go
Chromosome: 5
Originated: Labs (deletion)
Show class: Angora or Long Hair, depending on which the club recognizes.
Description: All coat types are longer than normal. Guard hairs are significantly longer. They look and feel wool-like because of the zigzag hairs.

Angoras start showing their long coat around 18 days of age (females often show angora later). As they mature, the coat shortens some. Well bred angoras are easily identified at any adult age.

Angora can show all other coat types as well (Angora Satin, Angora Rex (making a Texel), Angora Fuzzy, etc).

Health: No health abnormalities associated with Angora.

Long HairLab name: Long Hair
Fancier name: Long Hair
Genotype: lgh/lgh
Chromosome: 8
Originated: Spontaneous mutation.
Show class: Angora or Long Hair, depending on which the club recognizes.
General description: Coat should be as long as possible, dense, silky, and smooth. Long haired mice have a standard undercoat, head, feet, and tail. [learn more]

Pictured: Long Hair Broken Black

AstrexLab name: Rex
Fancier name: Rex
Genotype: Re/*
Chromosome: 11
Originated: Commercial breeder. Spontaneous mutation.
Show class: Rex or Frizzie, depending on which the club recognizes.
General description: Coat should be tightly woven over the entire body including curly whiskers. Curl should stay well though adulthood. Younger mice usually have better curl. [learn more]

CaraculLab name: Caracul
Fancier name: Caracul
Genotype: Ca/*
Chromosome: 15
Originated: Labs. Spontaneous mutation (deletion).
Show class: Rex or Frizzie, depending on which the club recognizes.
General description: Caracul should have a wavy coat over the entire body including curly whiskers. Ideally, curl should stay well though adulthood. Younger mice have better curl. [?]

Blue Texel SatinFancier name: Texel
Genotype: Most commonly: Re/* go/go
However, you can use any curly such as: Rex Re/*, Frizzy fr/fr, or Caracul Ca/* in conjunction with anything that causes longer hair such as: Long hair lgh/lgh or Angora go/go.
Chromosome: Too many to mention.
Originated: Too many to mention.
Show class: Texel or Frizzie, depending on which the club recognizes.
General description: Coat should be long with nice tight curl over the entire body including curly whiskers. Guard hairs should be thickly dispersed over entire coat and curled. Curly hair should stay well through adulthood. Younger mice usually have better curl.

FrizzyLab name: Frizzy
Fancier name: Frizzy
Genotype: fr/fr
Chromosome: 7
Originated: Spontaneous mutation at Jackson Laboratory.
Show class: Rex or Frizzie, depending on which the club recognizes.
General description: Frizzy mice generally have little curl, but rather crimped and slightly course hairs. It is significantly harder to breed Frizzy for good curl because of this. However, using Frizzy with other curling genes can greatly enhance curl. Younger mice have better crimp/curl than older mice which may not be identifiable at all.

In the picture shown, it is very hard to see the crimping. Crimping is hard to capture on camera, but can be seen and felt in person. Depending on your monitor, you may or may not see crimping on this mouse.

*"Frizzy" is not to be confused with "Frizzy-like" frzl/frzl. Frizzy-like mice have actual curl, resembling rex. They are distinguished from rex due to frizzy-like being recessive. Additionally, rex tends to curl back up in adulthood (though not always) where as frizzy-like does not. Pictures of frizzy-like coats withheld due to the strong resemblance to rex.

Fuzzy HairlessLab name: Fuzzy
Fancier name: Fuzzy (AKA Fuzzy Hairless)
Genotype: fz/fz
Chromosome: 1
Originated: Spontaneous mutation (at Carworth Farms)
Show class: These are shown under Fuzzy, Fuzzy hairless, or hairless depending on how dense the coat is.
General description: Fuzzy can range from no hair at all to very thick and curly coats. Whiskers are crimped or curled.

HairlessLab name: Hairless
Fancier name: Hairless
Genotype: hr/hr
Chromosome: 14
Originated: Mutation caused by retroviral integration and provirus. (Retroviral: Any of a group of viruses, many of which produce tumors, that contain RNA and reverse transcriptase, including the virus that causes AIDS.)
Show class: Hairless
General description: As hairless as possible (including whiskers) with translucent, bright skin without abrasions or scars. Toe nails should be kept short. Ears should be large.

Note: Hairless mice are NOT "Nude". "Nude" is found on chromosome 11, genotype is nu/nu, they never grow hair (unlike hairless), and usually always die around weaning age.

No PictureLab name: Rhino Hairless
Fancier name: Rhino Hairless
Genotype: hrrh/hrrh
Chromosome: 14
Originated: Spontaneous allelic mutation
Show class: At the present time, Rhino Hairless is not specifically recognized for showing. However, some clubs will allow them to be shown in Hairless (they do not penalize wrinkles).
General description: As hairless as possible (including whiskers) with translucent, bright skin without abrasions or scars. Toe nails should be kept short. Ears should be large. Skin should be very wrinkled (their skin resembles a Shar Pei dog).

RosetteLab name: Rosette
Fancier name: Rosette
Genotype: rst/rst
Chromosome: unknown at this time.
Originated: Spontaneous mutation from English fancy stock.
Show class: Rosette
General description: Rosette mice have a "rosette" on each hip. The rosette causes the fur to look like a whorl with the fur going in a spiral pattern, in the opposite direction as a standard mouses fur.

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