Standardised Coat types
Wild type coat, which should be short even and dense (density can be revealed by blowing onto the hair the more skin you see the less dense the coat is) it should have velvet like feel, nice and soft with a good healthy sheen. It’s important to make sure the hair is dense on the belly; an area hair can be sparse in.
(represented by ll, this is a recessive hair type) hair is longer over the top, highly accentuated in male Syrians who produce a long skirt around them down their spine and along the flanks. The longer the hair is the more a dilution of colour can be observed. The hair should still be dense like with short haired hamsters, but the hair tends to be finer, with a fluffier feel. The hair should be even, longer hair is preferred, but tufts of longhair are undesirable in a show hamster.
(Represented by rxrx. This is a recessive coat type.) Frizzy/wavy fur which may dilute colour. Rex Hamster exhibit curly whiskers. this can be in both longhair and short hair coats, but are more clearly seen often in short hairs as the longer hair creates less tight curls. The curls should be even, and the fur should still be soft and dense.
(Represented by Sasa, satin is dominant, and no two satins should ever be mated together as this causes the coat to be very sparse and fragile.) Satins coat has a glossy sheen over it, giving it a shiny quality. This can deepen the appearance of colours and can be hard to see on a black. Each hair should reflect a lot of light, giving it this shiny glossy quality. This coat type can be mixed with longhaired, short haired, and rex. The coat should still conform to the standards though of this coat types, just with the satin sheen on top.
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