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The rat should be of good size; females should be long and racy type; males
should be of larger build, arched over the loin, muscular, well-toned, with long
head, but not too pointed at the nose. The eyes should be large, round, clean,
and full of life. The ears should be of good size, round, well formed, and
widely spaced. The tail should be cylindrical, as long as the body, thick at the
base, tapering to a fine point. The ears, feet, and tail should be covered with
fine hair. The coat should be smooth and glossy (except Rex
and Hairless). Males have a longer and coarser
coat than females.
Scoring will be as follows:
Marking, and Variety||50 points|
||100 POSSIBLE POINTS|
The RMCA currently recognizes four "Varieties," which are
separated into six "Sections."
The Varieties are: STANDARD, REX,
HAIRLESS, and TAILLESS.
The Sections are: SELF,
MARKED, and ODD-EYE.
Any color, marking, or variety not currently recognized by RMCA, or any
other new feature, is considered "unstandardized." Unstandardized
animals are not eligible to compete for Best Section, Best Variety, or Best in
- What are the standards for the "standard" coat?
- The General Conformation describes Standard rats. The coat should be
smooth and glossy, and should be thick, not sparse.
- What's the difference between a fault, an elimination, and a
- A fault just means that points are deducted. An elimination
means that the animal cannot compete in the show that day. Basically, if you
read the eliminations section, anything there can be fixed. A nursing mother
will not be nursing at the next show, a tumor can be removed, an abcess can
heal, etc. A disqualification means that the animal has something
permanently wrong that will keep it from competing in the color classes forever.
For example, a Self rat that has a white spot on its body, or a Siamese that
has white feet, or any rat with a missing toe, a ripped ear, etc.