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NHC Exhibition Standards - Syrian E-mail

EXHIBITION STANDARDS

 

NATIONAL HAMSTER COUNCIL

EXHIBITION STANDARDS (SYRIAN)

 

ALLOCATION OF POINTS FOR ALL STANDARDS

1. Colour and markings                           30 points

Type                                                    25 points

Fur                                                       20 points

Size                                                     10 points

Condition                                            10 points

Eyes and ears                                       5 points

 

2. All judges must use this system and the judge's decision is final.

 

PENALTIES FOR ALL STANDARDS

3. The penalties shall be as defined in the following table;

ABNORMALITY PENALTY

Totally missing limb, eye, ear,             Mandatory

foot or tail                                                       disqualification

Any physical deformity believed                    Mandatory

by the judge to be hereditary                          disqualification

Suspect disease or intractability                      Mandatory disqualification

Evidence of parasitic infestation                    Mandatory disqualification

Excess fat                                                        Minus 5 points maximum

Sores, wounds, or scars                                   Minus 10 points maximum

Dirty or damaged show pen                           Minus 10 points maximum

Fruit/vegetables - deviation from Rules          Minus 2 points maximum

4. Type, fur, size, condition, eyes and ears shall be the same for all shades and varieties as follows: -

5.         TYPE (25 points) - The body shall be broad and cobby.  The head shall be large in proportion to the body with a broad skull, short face and blunt nose.  The head shall be well set into the body, the profile showing a smooth curve from nose over head, to nape of neck.

6.         FUR (20 points) - The fur shall be soft and very dense.  Special attention shall be paid to the density of the belly fur.  In longhaired hamsters, the coat shall be as long and dense as possible, but allowance must be made for sex, i.e. males must have longer fur than females, and the females shall not be penalised for having shorter fur.  The length of fur must be taken into account when judging all classes.

7.         SIZE (10 points) - The hamster shall be as large as possible, but not fat.  Allowance shall be made for sex; i.e. female hamsters in general are larger than males.

8.         CONDITION (10 points) - The hamster shall be fit, curious when well awake and tame to handle.  The flesh shall be firm with no surplus fat.  The coat shall have a healthy sheen and the hamster shall be quite clean.

9.         EYES AND EARS (5 points) - The eyes shall be large, prominent and widely set.  The ears shall be large, set well apart and carried erect and unfolded when the hamster is alert.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL REFERENCE TO COLOUR OF FUR, EYES AND EARS IS SO FAR OMITTED).

COLOUR AND MARKINGS (30 points)

Colour & Markings Diagram

EYE COLOUR

10. The following sequence of eye colours shall apply (in increasing order of darkness):

1. Bright clear pink                     5. Ruby

2. Red                                         6. Garnet

3. Claret red                                7. Dark brown

4. Claret                                      8. Black

11. In patterned varieties 15 points shall be allocated for colour and markings and 15 points for pattern.

12. Where base colour is indicated this applies to the whole animal, excluding the belly fur.

13. White feet shall be permissible on all colours, however all other white markings, other than those specified in the Standard, shall be penalised.

14. Where used in the standard, the word “flesh” refers to the hamster’s natural skin tone allowing for any fine covering of hair if applicable.

AGOUTI VARIETIES

BEIGE (bbdgdg)

TOP COAT - Soft pale grey with brownish tone, carried approximately one third of the way down

BASE COLOUR - Slate grey

BELLY FUR - Ivory

CRESCENTS - White with base colour

TICKING - Lightly and evenly ticked with dark beige/brown

CHEST BAND - Dark beige/brown

CHEEK FLASHES - Dark beige/brown

EYE COLOUR - Very dark brown, almost black

EAR COLOUR - Very dark beige

NOTES.

BLONDE (Lglgpp)

TOP COAT - Creamy blonde carried approximately one third of the way down

BASE COLOUR - Light grey

BELLY FUR - Ivory

CRESCENTS - Ivory

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Creamy blonde, with an orange tint

CHEEK FLASHES - Light grey

EYE COLOUR - Claret red

EAR COLOUR - Flesh grey

NOTES - Tends to have orange tinted muzzle.

CINNAMON (pp)

TOP COAT - Rich russet orange carried approximately one third of the way down

BASE COLOUR - Slate blue

BELLY FUR - Creamy ivory, with a blue under colour

CRESCENTS - Ivory

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Rich russet orange

CHEEK FLASHES - Brown

EYE COLOUR - Bright claret red

EAR COLOUR - Flesh brown

NOTES.

GOLDEN, DARK  ++ (Wild type agouti)

TOP COAT - Rich dark mahogany red carried approximately one third of the way down

BASE COLOUR - Dark slate grey

BELLY FUR - Ivory, with grey under colour

CRESCENTS - Pale ivory, almost white

TICKING - Heavily and evenly ticked with black, dorsal line and hair on scalp intensely shaded.  Face to be swarthy with black eye rings.

CHEST BAND - Rich dark mahogany red

CHEEK FLASHES - Black

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES.

GREY, DARK (dgdg)

TOP COAT - Pearly grey carried approximately one quarter of the way down

BASE COLOUR - Dark slate grey

BELLY FUR - Ivory, with a grey under coat

CRESCENTS - Ivory

TICKING - Heavily and evenly ticked with black, shaded as for dark golden, i.e. face to be swarthy with black eye rings

CHEST BAND - Very dark slate grey

CHEEK FLASHES - Black

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES.

GREY, LIGHT (Lglg)

TOP COAT - Buttermilk-grey, carried approximately one third of the way down

BASE COLOUR - Dark slate grey

BELLY FUR - Buttermilk, with grey base-colour

CRESCENTS - Buttermilk

TICKING - Heavily and evenly ticked with dark grey, almost black, shaded as for dark golden

CHEST BAND - Dark brown/grey

CHEEK FLASHES - Dark grey, almost black (concentrated ticking)

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey

NOTES.

 

 

GREY, SILVER (SgSg)

TOP COAT - Light Silvery Grey

BASE COLOUR - Dark Slate Grey

BELLY FUR - Light Silvery Grey to the roots-no ticking

CRESCENTS - Light Silvery Grey

TICKING - Heavy and evenly ticked with Black (excluding belly fur)

CHEST BAND - Mid Grey

CHEEK FLASHES - Concentrated Black ticking

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Very dark Grey almost Black

NOTES - This gene has been found to be extremely dominant. Caution should be exercised when breeding these animals.

HONEY (ppTo - male, ppToTo - female)

TOP COAT - Light cinnamon orange to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Light cinnamon orange

BELLY FUR - Ivory, almost white

CRESCENTS - Ivory, almost white

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Light cinnamon orange

CHEEK FLASHES - Cinnamon

EYE COLOUR - Claret red

EAR COLOUR - Flesh grey

NOTES.

LILAC (dgdgpp)

TOP COAT - Soft pale grey with pinkish tone

BASE COLOUR - Soft pale grey

BELLY FUR - Ivory

CRESCENTS - Ivory with a pinkish tone

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Soft pale grey with pinkish tone

CHEEK FLASHES - Warm grey

EYE COLOUR - Claret red

EAR COLOUR - Pinkish grey

NOTES.

RUST (GUINEA GOLD) (bb)

TOP COAT - Rich orange brown

BASE COLOUR - Brownish grey

BELLY FUR - Ivory, with pale grey under colour

CRESCENTS - Ivory

TICKING - Light and even ticking of brown

CHEST BAND - Deep rust brown

CHEEK FLASHES - Deep rust brown

EYE COLOUR - Very dark brown, almost black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey with a hint of pink

SMOKE PEARL (dgdgTo = male; dgdgToTo = female)

TOP COAT - Pale greyish cream to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Pale greyish cream

BELLY FUR - Ivory, almost white

CRESCENTS - Ivory, almost white

TICKING - Heavy and even black ticking

CHEST BAND - Pale greyish cream

CHEEK FLASHES - Black - not solid but concentrated ticking

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES.

YELLOW (To = male; ToTo = female)

TOP COAT - Rich dusky yellow carried well down

BASE COLOUR - Ivory yellow

BELLY FUR - Ivory

CRESCENTS - Ivory

TICKING - Heavy and even black ticking overall

CHEST BAND - Rich dusky yellow

CHEEK FLASHES - Black - not solid but concentrated ticking

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES.


SELF VARIETIES

BLACK (aa)

TOP COAT - Black

BASE COLOUR - Black

BELLY FUR - Black

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Black

NOTES - Genetic details; This is a melanistic black, produced by a simple recessive gene, and is capable of true breeding.  The genotype for this colour is "aa".

CHOCOLATE  (aabb)

TOP COAT - Dark chocolate brown carried well down

BASE COAT - Mid brown

BELLY FUR - Dark chocolate brown

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHESTBAND - Absent

CHEEKFLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Very dark greyish brown.

NOTES - The top colour should be the rich chocolate of plain Bournville chocolate.

COPPER (UUeebbpp)

TOP COAT -Rich clear copper to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Rich clear copper

BELLY FUR - Rich clear copper

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Garnet

EAR COLOUR - Copper grey

NOTES.

CREAM, BLACK-EYED  (ee)

TOP COAT - Deep rich cream to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Deep rich cream

BELLY FUR - Deep rich cream

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES.

CREAM, RED-EYED (eepp)

TOP COAT - Deep rich pinkish cream to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Deep rich pinkish cream

BELLY FUR - Deep rich pinkish cream

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Claret red

EAR COLOUR - Peach grey

NOTES.

CREAM, RUBY-EYED  (eeruru)

TOP COAT - Warm pastel cream to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Warm pastel cream

BELLY FUR - Warm pastel cream

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Ruby

EAR COLOUR - Flesh

NOTES.

DOVE (aapp)

TOP COAT - Dove grey with a deep lilac tone, to the roots.

BASE COLOUR - Dove grey with a deep lilac tone.

BELLY FUR - Dove grey with a deep lilac tone.

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Claret red

EAR COLOUR - Flesh grey

NOTES

IVORY, BLACK-EYED   (eeLglg or eedgdg)

TOP COAT - Pale greyish cream to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Pale greyish cream

BELLY FUR - Pale greyish cream

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES.

IVORY, RED-EYED  (eeLglgpp or eedgdgpp)

TOP COAT - Pale greyish cream to the roots

BASE COLOUR - Pale greyish cream

BELLY FUR - Pale greyish cream

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Garnet

EAR COLOUR - Pinkish grey

NOTES.

MELANISTIC YELLOW (ToToaa = Female, Totoaa = Male)

TOP COAT – Black tipping to each hair carried ¼ of the way down to rich dusky yellow

BASE COLOUR - Ivory yellow.

BELLY FUR – Ivory yellow undercoat with black tips to each hair

CRESCENTS - Absent.

TICKING - Absent.

CHEST BAND - Absent.

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent.

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

MINK (UUeepp or Uueepp)

TOP COAT - Warm mid brown with an orange tinge.  The eyes shall be ringed with fine pinkish cream hairs.

BASE COLOUR - Deep, rich pinkish cream.

BELLY FUR - Warm mid brown with an orange tinge.

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND -Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Claret red

EAR COLOUR - Flesh grey

SABLE  (UUee)

TOP COAT - Black, carried well down.  The eyes shall be ringed with fine ivory cream hairs.

BASE COLOUR - Ivory cream

BELLY FUR - Black

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES. This is not a solid jet black animal due to the presence of its undercolour. Browning will be penalised.

WHITE, BLACK-EYED  (eeDsds or eeWhwh or ???)

TOP COAT - White to the roots

BASE COLOUR - White

BELLY FUR - White

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Black

EAR COLOUR - Dark Grey, almost Black

NOTES.

WHITE (ALBINO), DARK EARED  (cdcd)

TOP COAT - White to the roots

BASE COLOUR - White

BELLY FUR - White

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Red

EAR COLOUR - Dark grey, almost black

NOTES - Eyes darken with age

WHITE (ALBINO), FLESH EARED  (cdcdpp)

TOP COAT - White to the roots

BASE COLOUR - White

BELLY FUR - White

CRESCENTS - Absent

TICKING - Absent

CHEST BAND - Absent

CHEEK FLASHES - Absent

EYE COLOUR - Bright clear pink

EAR COLOUR - Flesh

NOTES.


PATTERNED VARIETIES

Care must be taken when breeding patterned animals as some patterns contain the anophthalmic or white bellied gene, (Wh).

DOMINANT SPOT (PIEBALD) (Dsds or ss)

1. The dominant spot shall have the appearance of a white animal with coloured spots.  The spots shall be sharply defined and evenly distributed over the top surface of the animal.

2. The belly fur shall be white.

3. The white areas shall be white to the roots.

4. The coloured spots shall conform to the recognised corresponding full coloured variety.

5. Eye colour: as for the full coloured variety, also ruby/red eye or eyes permissible.

6. Ear colour: as for the full coloured variety, also flesh or partly flesh coloured permissible.

NOTES

WHITE BAND (BaBa or Baba)

1. The white banded animal shall have the appearance of coloured animal with a superimposed white band.  The white band shall completely encircle the body and be centrally placed and not skewed.  The width shall be approximately one third of the body length, completely unbroken with sharply defined and parallel margins.

2. The belly fur shall be white.

3. The white areas shall be white to the roots.

4. The coloured areas shall conform to the recognised full colour variety.

5. Eye colour: as for the full coloured variety, also ruby/red eye or eyes permissible.

6. Ear colour: as for the full coloured variety, also flesh or partly flesh coloured permissible.

NOTES

BANDED DOMINANT SPOT (BaBaDsds, BabaDsds or rdrd)

1. The Banded Dominant Spot hamster shall have the appearance of a dominant spot or piebald animal with a broad white band superimposed. The white band shall extend from the neck to the hips, ideally 2/3 of the body length, and contain no coloured markings.  The head and the rump shall conform to the Dominant Spot or Piebald standard, (i.e. give the appearance of the white animal with coloured markings).

2. Coloured areas shall conform to the relevant colour standard.  White areas shall be white to the roots.

3. Belly fur shall be white to the roots.

4.         Eye colour shall be as for the full coloured variety.  Red or ruby eye or eyes are also permissible.

5. Ear colour shall be as for the full coloured variety.  Mottled ears are also permissible.

TORTOISESHELL AND WHITE (TotoBaba, TotoBaBa, or TotoDsds)

1. A tortoiseshell is a sex-linked bi-coloured animal.  The standard calls for a tricoloured animal which is produced by combining the tortoiseshell with a white pattern gene.  The coat colour shall consist of a balanced pattern of coloured, yellow and white patches.  These patches shall be clear and distinct with no brindling.

2. The Yellow based patches shall be clearly defined and of a colour appropriate to    the hamster’s standard colour. Where the Yellow based colour is also        recognised as standard, any Yellow patches must conform to the standard. In    other cases the Judge may use discretion when judging non-standard yellow             patches

3. The belly fur shall be white.

4. Eye colour: as stipulated for the full colour variety; also red/ruby eye or eyes permissible.

5. Ear colour: as stipulated for the full colour variety; also flesh or partly flesh coloured permissible.

NOTES - Sex linked.

TORTOISESHELL (Toto)

1. Overall Appearance:  A tortoiseshell is a bi-coloured animal which consists of a balanced pattern of coloured and yellow patches.  These patches shall be clear and distinct with no brindling.

2. The Yellow based patches shall be clearly defined and of a colour appropriate to    the hamster’s standard colour. Where the Yellow based colour is also        recognised as standard, any Yellow patches must conform to the standard. In    other cases the Judge may use discretion when judging non-standard yellow             patches

ROAN (Whwh)

1. Overall Appearance:  The Roan shall have the appearance of a white animal ticked with colour. The ticking shall be heavy around the head and give an evenly marbled appearance over the remainder of the top coat. The white areas shall be white to the roots. The coloured areas shall conform to the recognised coloured variety allowing for slight dilution.

2. The belly fur shall be marbled with colour.

3. Eye Colour: As for the full coloured variety also ruby or red eye or eyes permissible.

4. Ear Colour: As for the full coloured variety also flesh or partly flesh coloured ears permissible.

COAT VARIETIES

LONG HAIR

1. The colour and markings shall conform to the recognised colour standard, allowing for the dilution effect of the long-haired gene; this is particularly noticeable on the ticking of agouti varieties, but will also affect other varieties.

2. The fur shall be soft, very dense, and evenly long over the entire top surface of the body, excluding the face, where it shall be shorter.  Special attention shall be paid to the density of the belly fur.  The coat shall be as long and dense as possible, but allowance must be made for sex, i.e. males must have longer fur than females, and the females shall not be penalised for having shorter fur.

NOTES This coat type may be combined with satin and/or rex.

SATIN

1. The colour and markings shall conform to the recognised colour standard, allowing for the effect of the satinisation.

2. The fur shall be soft and dense, and have a glossy, satin sheen.

NOTES          This coat type may be combined with long hair and/or rex.

Under no circumstances should two satins be mated together, as this will result in "double satinisation" and, eventually, almost naked hamsters.  A satin must only be mated with a non-satinised variety.

REX

1. The colour and markings shall conform to the recognised colour standard, for diluting effect of the rex gene; this is particularly noticeable on the ticking of agouti varieties, but will also affect other varieties.

2. The coat shall be soft and dense, and evenly "frizzy".

3. The whiskers shall be curly.

 

NOTES          This coat type may be combined with satin and/or long hair.

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