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What is he????

Post by Mrs. Beach on Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:39 pm

My new mouse, a buck whom I've named SnS (for Sweet and Shiny), from The Animal Exchange pet store. There were many RY and four or so RY merles, believe it or not. He was the only satin, the only male, and the only one with a kind of dark tinge. I think I am beginning to see stripes on his nose. He is very young. He is also getting fat. I believe he is a brindle, but a brindle what? Merle? c^ch/* diluted A^vy pied merle? c^ch/* diluted A^vy tricolor? He's got a big white spot on his belly. Suggestions welcome!

He is from the same store Punkin came from (the sweet and handsome Punkin!), who was a pied A^vy brindle merle. If he's got the same genes as Punkin, I'd love to breed more Punkins! If he's a tri, from his shade he'd be c^ch/*, I think. I like the way he looks!





Real orange on his back leg:


Pied on his belly:

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Post by Lycrisa on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:28 am

I am going to say very tentatively that he looks splashed to me.
Like what my black splashes would look like if they were brindled instead.
But that's about all I can say for sure.

Sorry that wasn't too helpful, he's adorable btw.
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:56 am

So, one vote for splashed. He is either splashed or merle. It's hard to tell by looking because he's satin. I have never seen a splashed mouse at The Animal Exchange, who gets its mice all from the same breeder, but there are always merles there. I am leaning towards merle, but he does look splashed!

Any other opinions?
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Post by Laigaie on Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:11 pm

I don't suppose it would be possible to ask the breeder?
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:08 am

The pet store owner has, for all the years I have known her, been very protective of the identity of her breeder.
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Post by Laigaie on Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:22 pm

How very odd. Well, if you know they have merle, and you've never seen splashed there before, it seems more likely that it's just a merle that looks splashed. Merle seems really variable in how it looks, from roanish merles to blotchier merles, so a splashy merle seems reasonable.
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Post by tinyhartmouseries on Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:14 pm

I agree with Laigaie....it's possible you have another Punkin...cool!
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:24 pm

He has big, black, bright eyes like a c-dilute, however I notice that his really orange color is mostly below his water line, which makes me think he might be a sooty RY. I am tending towards merle, as I have put my specs on and looked at him, but again, with the satin fur it is hard to tell.
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:14 am

The longer I look at him, the more I think he is c-dilute brindle AND merle. He is literally a satin brindle merle tricolor, I think, and a poor angora, at that! Rhasputin, I'd love you to take a look at him when he's here and get your opinion.
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