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Australian National Rodent Association

*OFFICIAL STANDARDS: THE FANCY MOUSE*


ANRA have based our mouse standards on those of the National Mouse Club, which was formed in 1895. Many mouse clubs use or base their standards on those of the National Mouse Club, because of the length of time the club has been operating, and their genetic accuracy. Within ANRA’s Mouse Standards, is a guidestandard section, for breeds and colours of mice that are genetically described but are either unavailable/scarce in our region, or are not present in the fancy as yet. Plus an Unstandardised section for those Breeds and colours of mouse that are still in the experimental breeding stage and/or haven’t been proven to breed true yet and those awaiting standardization. The varieties in the Unstandardised section are not permitted to be shown, but can be displayed at the shows for interest purposes.

THE GENERAL STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE.

*The fancy mouse must be long on body with a long clean head, not too fine or pointed at the nose. *The eyes should be large, bold and prominent. *The ears large and tulip shaped, free from creases, carried erect with plenty of width between them. *The body should be long and slim, a trifle arched over the loin and racey in appearance. *The tail which must be free from kinks should come well out of the back and be thick at the root , gradually tapering like a whip to a fine end. The length being about equal to that of the mouse's body. *Unless the variety standard states otherwise, the coat should be short, perfectly smooth, glossy and sleek to the hand. The mouse should be easy to handle, quite calm and used to human hands. The mouse must also be free from any vice and not subject to fits or other similar ailments. A mouse with absence of whiskers, blind in one or both eyes, carrying external parasites, pregnant, having a tumour, sores or patches of fur missing, suffering from any obvious disease or deformity, or one having a kinked tail shall be immediately disqualified.

GENERAL REMARKS.

Written standards are necessarily under some limitation. Words cannot convey an exact idea of what any mouse should look like. This applies with special force to the definition of colour, due to ones individual perception of colour. Attendance at shows is urged upon all who wish to form a precise picture of any variety and it cannot be too strongly stated that nothing can adequately take the place of seeing specimen mice. ANRA divide Mice into nine groups for show purposes. They are:- AGOUTI - SELF - TAN - MARKED - SHADED - SATIN - REX - AOV & EXOTIC
LINKS TO THE STANDARD FOR EACH OF THESE INDIVIDUAL TYPES WILL BE ONLINE VERY SOON.


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