Single colour agouti


Golden

This is the wild type (represented by ++), their top coat should be a deeply rich mahogany shade, whilst the under coat should be a slate grey. The crescents and bully fur should be an ivory white shade, whilst ticking and cheek flashes a deep Black. The hamster should have black eyes and ears a dark grey verging on black.

Cinnamon

A recessive colour (represented by pp for pink eye) all red eyed Syrians have cinnamon in their colouring. The top coat should be a rich russet orange, with an under coat of a deep slate blue colour, often giving the hamster an almost purple haze over the coat. The crescents and belly fur should be a creamy ivory (with the slate blue undercoat present in the belly fur) whilst the cheek flashes should be a brown shade, with the same purplish quality. The eyes should be a deep red, whilst the ears a brown flesh shade.

Dark grey

A recessive colour (represented by dgdg). The hamster should be a pearly dark grey colour for about 1/4 of the hair shaft. The base coat should be a dark slate grey, with belly fur and crescents of an ivory shade (with base coat present on the belly fur). The ticking should be black and very heavy. Eyes should be black and the ears a dark grey, almost black. Care should be taken with this colour, as they can occasional display a genetic fault known as kinky tail. The severity of this differs hamster to hamster but the tail will start to twist over the back as the vertebrae fuse together. These hamsters will be disqualified at shows, and care should be taken not to breed from hamsters or lines with this. Also of note is the fact dark greys tend to be smaller than other colours, due to this it is not wise to breed dark grey to dark grey for many generations, as the size of the hamster will shrink.

Light Grey

A dominant colour (represented by Lglg, this gene is Homozygous lethal, and so any pups that get it from both parents die in the womb) The hamster should be a buttermilk grey for about 1/3 of the hair shaft. The base coat should be a dark slate grey, with belly fur and crescents a buttermilk shade (with the undercoat colouring present on the belly fur). The ticking should be heavy and of a dark grey colour verging on black. The eyes should be black and the ears a dark grey.

Silver Grey

A Dominant colour, shown in homozygous version, SgSg (the heterozygous version is non standard, and often a deeper sepia shade) The hamster should be a pastel grey shade with a silvery grey quality. The base coat should be a dark slate grey, with crescents and belly fur a light silvery grey to the roots. The ticking should be black in colour. The eyes should be black and the ears a dark grey verging on black.

Rust

A recessive colour (represented by bb).The hamster should be a deep orange brown. The base coat should be a brownish grey, with the belly fur and crescents an ivory colour. The belly fur should have a pale grey undercoat. The ticking should be light of a brown. The cheek flashes should be very dark brown in colour verging on black. The eyes should be equally a very dark brown verging on black and the ears a dark grey with a touch on pink toning.

Yellow

A sex linked colour (represented in males as ToY and females as ToTo) The hamster should be a deeply dusky yellow carried far down the hair shaft. The base coat should be an ivory yellow, with belly fur and crescents an ivory colour. They should be ticked with heavy ticking that is of a black colouring, with cheek flashes of a concentrated black ticking. The eyes should be black and the ears a deep grey verging on black.

Agouti colours from combining colours


Beige

A combination colour (consisting of bbdgdg). The hamster should be a soft pale grey, which has a brown toning extending down 1/3 of the hair shaft. The base colour should be a slate grey, with ivory belly fur. The crescents should be white with base colour. They should be lightly ticked with a dark brown. Eyes should be dark brown verging on black and the ears also a dark brown.

Blonde

A combination colour (consisting of Lglgpp) Creamy blonde colouring for 1/3 of the hair shaft. The base colour should be light grey, with belly fur and crescents ivory. There should be no ticking however they often have a creamy yellow (buttermilk) muzzle. The eyes should be a deep red and the ears a flesh grey.

Honey

A combination colour (consisting of ppToTo (female) or ppToY (male)). The hamster should be a light cinnamon orange to the roots. Belly fur and crescents should be ivory verging on white and there should be no ticking, though cheek flashes will be cinnamon in colour. The eyes should be a deep red, and the ears flesh grey.

Lilac

A combination colour (consisting of dgdgpp). The hamster should be a soft pale grey with pinkish toning. The belly fur should be Ivory, so should the crescents though they will have a pinkish tone. There should be no ticking but the cheek flashes should be a 'warm' grey. The eyes should be deep red, and the ears pink grey.

Smoke Pearl

A combination colour (consisting of dgdgToTo (female) or dgdgToY (male)). The hamster should be a pale grey with a cream quality to its roots, belly fur and crescents ivory verging on white and with heavy ticking of a black colouring. The eyes should be black and the ears a dark grey verging on black.