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Yesterday I adopted a young female rat from a local shelter. She's about 5 weeks old and is the sweetest thing! She has the classic Himalayan points, but her color is sort of a "creamy," light fawn color. I've never seen anything like this. Now, she is still young so maybe she will molt into something different? I really wish I had a camera.

Does anyone have any clue? She has the typical nose and root of the tail points, but isn't all white like a typical Himalayan. She's a very creamy fawn...hmmm?
 

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Sounds like a siamese. Possibly seal point siamese.

Himi's and Siamese both have light colored eyes with points. The difference is that himi's are white with points, and siamese are a dilute color with points.

There's also a burmese/black eyed siamese variety (also related to the black eyed white genetically). Burmese are darker colors with points, and black eyed siamese are siamese with dark eyes.


My boy Zmei (pictured below) is a black eyed seal point siamese, with that creamy yellow coat and points.

http://www.afrma.org/rataocp.htm (siamese varieties, himalayan, burmese)
http://www.afrma.org/ratunstd.htm (black eyed siamese, unstandardized varieties of burmese)


Zmei at 2 months (much lighter coat w/ points not very dark)


Zmei at 4 months


Zmei at 11 months (even with flash you can see the rich yellow cream and the dark points that have come in)
 

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THERE SHE IS! I knew she wasn't a Siamese because I have 4 Siamese (1 standard, 2 rex, and 1 double rex)

This girl is definitely a "golden himi" ...I've never seen any other rat like her! She's actually realllly beautiful! My husbands birthday is soon so hopefully we'll get a new digital!!

Thank you so much for finding that!
 

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It was really throwing me when you first posted, with me thinking, aren't siamese pretty common?

But I thought, nah I'm missing something something here, which is why I kept looking. I'm glad the mystery is solved. Apologies for the obvious first post. :D
 

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No worries! I'm glad we found her. Are Golden Himi's common because I've never seen any other rat like her? She's really quite the looker with those light eyes and creamy, golden fur!
 

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No worries! I'm glad we found her. Are Golden Himi's common because I've never seen any other rat like her? She's really quite the looker with those light eyes and creamy, golden fur!
Golden himi's havent' made it to the US yet, its only in the UK at this point, so its doubtful you have one. Plus their eyes are black.

http://www.ratz.co.uk/golden.html

Can you post pics?
 
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