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Berkshire

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Berkshire

 

Description

 

A Berkshire rat has color on the top of its body, with a white belly and chest. As much of the bottom of the rat should be pure white, including the feet and up to half the length of the tail, but the white should not extend upward along the ribcage at all. White splashing up the ribcage, commonly known as Vari-Berk, is considered a fault. A Headspot (star) or Blaze is allowable.

 

Genetics

 

H/h

 

Single-recessive on the Hooded (H) locus. Berkshire shares this genetic designation with Irish (English and American,) Varigated and Banded, but without the extra modifiers.

 

Standards

 

AFRMA

"Berkshire rats may be shown in any recognized color. The top color is to be judged as to the recognized color. Distinctive markings are the colored top with a completely white belly and white feet and tail, with a small white spot between the ears. There should be an even line between the top and bottom color. The white markings should be a pure clean white."

 

RSA

"To be symmetrically marked with as much white on the chest and belly as possible.  There should be an even line between the top and bottom color clear-cut and without brindling.  The white should be a pure clean white.  White on tail extending up to, but not exceeding, half the length.  White feet.  Marking on forehead optional, can vary from spot to blaze.  Blaze must conform to blaze standards and will be shown in the blazed classes.  The body shall conform to a recognized color."

 

RatsPacNW

American Berkshire

"White symmetrical belly marking extending down legs and neck (no color on the underside)  white feet and white tail to no more than 1/2 its length.  Head spot or blaze is preferred but not required."

 

Classic Berkshire

"Full symmetrical white belly not extending down legs.  White feet stops, and white tail tip to no more than 1/2 its length.  Head spot or blaze is preferred but not required."

 

URS

"Symmetrically marked with full white underside. To have a clear cut demarcation line void of brindling or spotting between top and bottom. Feet and up to half of the end of tail to be white. Small headspot or wedge blaze acceptable for this variety.

Faults: White coming up the sides, color dipping into the underside. Incomplete marking."

 

 

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