ALLOCATION OF POINTS FOR ALL STANDARDS

Colour and markings                       30 points

Type                                              25 points

Fur                                                20 points

Size                                              10 points

Condition                                       10 points

Eyes and ears                                 5 points

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

PENALTIES FOR ALL STANDARDS

The penalties shall be as defined in the following table;

ABNORMALITY 

PENALTY

   

Totally missing limb, eye, ear, foot or tail

Mandatory disqualification

Any physical deformity believed by the judge to be hereditary

Mandatory disqualification

Suspect disease or intractability

Mandatory disqualification

Excess fat

Minus 5 points maximum

Sores, wounds, or scars

Minus 10 points maximum

Dirty show pen

Minus 10 points maximum

Fruit/vegetables - deviation from Rules

Minus 2 points maximum

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

EYE COLOUR

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

  1. Bright clear pink
  2. Red
  3. Claret Red
  4. Claret
  5. Ruby
  6. Garnet
  7. Dark Brown
  8. Black

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

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

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

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
NOTES.

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 Bourneville 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
NOTES.

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
NOTES.

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)

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.

The belly fur shall be white.

The white areas shall be white to the roots.

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

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

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

NOTES

WHITE BAND (BaBa or Baba)

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.

The belly fur shall be white.

The white areas shall be white to the roots.

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

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

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

NOTES

BANDED DOMINANT SPOT (BaBaDsds, BabaDsds or rdrd)

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).

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

Belly fur shall be white to the roots.

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

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

TORTOISESHELL AND WHITE (TotoBaba, TotoBaBa, or TotoDsds)

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.

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

The belly fur shall be white.

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

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

TORTOISESHELL (Toto)

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.

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)

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.

The belly fur shall be marbled with colour.

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

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

COAT VARIETIES

LONG HAIR

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

The whiskers shall be curly.

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

 

 

Next Club Shows

Your next club shows are:

Northern - 17th June 2018 at North Yorkshire
Midland - 29th July 2018 at Cardiff
Southern - 9th June at Andover

From our Facebook