Syrian Hamster Colours Derived From Combining Mutations

By combining different colour mutations more colours can be created. These colours do not occur in the first generation mating but occur when the offspring are mated together.

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Agouti Colours

Beige

The Beige is produced by the combination of Dark Grey and Rust. The Beige has a pale brownish-grey coat with grey roots, ivory belly, grey-brown cheekflashes, black eyes and grey ears.

Black Eyed Honey

The Black Eyed Honey is produced by the combination of Rust and Yellow. The Honey has a dull honey coloured coat with a creamy undercolour, ivory belly, ginger cheekflashes, black eyes and dark grey coloured ears.

Black Eyed Blonde

The Black Eyed Blonde is produced by the combination of Light Grey and Rust. The black eyed blonde has a dull blonde coat with grey undercolour, ivory belly, light grey cheekflashes, a distinct creamy yellow muzzle, black eyes and grey coloured ears.

Blonde

The Blonde is produced by the combination of Light Grey and Cinnamon. The blonde has a blonde coat with grey undercolour, ivory belly, light grey cheekflashes, a distinct creamy yellow muzzle, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Blonde Syrian Hamster

Honey

The Honey is produced by the combination of Yellow and Cinnamon. The Honey has a rich honey coloured coat with a creamy undercolour, ivory belly, ginger cheekflashes, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Light Grey Pearl

The Light Grey Pearl is produced by the combination of Light Grey and Yellow. The Light Grey Pearl has a pale dull cream coat ticked through with brown tips, cream undercolour, ivory belly, finely ticked brown cheekflashes, black eyes and grey ears.

Lilac

The Lilac is produced by the combination of Dark Grey and Cinnamon. The Lilac has a pale lilac-grey coat with light-mid grey undercolour, ivory belly, grey cheekflashes, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Lilac Syrian Hamster

Lilac Pearl

The Lilac Pearl is produced by the combination of Dark Grey, Cinnamon and Yellow. The Lilac Pearl has a pale lilac-grey coat ticked through with black tips, cream undercolour, ivory belly, brown cheekflashes, red eyes and flesh ears.

Smoke Pearl

The Smoke Pearl is produced by the combination of Dark Grey and Yellow. The Smoke Pearl has a pale grey coat ticked through with black tips, cream undercolour, ivory belly, black cheekflashes, black eyes and grey ears.

Smoke Pearl Syrian Hamster

Silver Grey Pearl

The Silver Grey Pearl is produced by the combination of Silver Grey and Yellow. The Silver Grey Pearl has a very light grey coat ticked through with black tips, cream undercolour, ivory belly, black cheekflashes, black eyes and grey ears.

Self Colours

Black Eyed Ivory

The Black Eyed Ivory is a combination of Black Eyed Cream with either Light Grey, Dark Grey or Silver Grey. The Ivory has an ivory coat, black eyes and grey ears.

Black Eyed Ivory Syrian Hamster

Black Eyed White

A Black Eyed White Hamster can be produced by a number of combinations. It is not a "true" white but a synthetic white. Silver Grey and Black Eyed Cream produces a "Black Eyed Ivory" which is so pale in colour that it is white. Black Eyed Cream Roans, Black Eyed Cream Dominant Spots may also be so pale with little colour and may look white.

Blue Mink

The Blue Mink is produced by combining Dark Grey, Cinnamon, Black Eyed Cream and Umbrous and has a brown coat with a purple tone and a cream undercolour, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Blue Mink Syrian Hamster

Chocolate (Sable)

The Chocolate (Sable) is produced by combining Sable, Black Eyed Cream and Rust and has a milk chocolate coloured coat with a cream undercolour, black eyes and grey ears.

Chocolate (Sable) Syrian Hamster

Copper

The Copper is a combination of the Black Eyed Cream, Umbrous, Cinnamon and Rust genes and has a bright copper coat with a cream undercolour, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Copper Syrian Hamster

Dove

The Dove is produced by combining Black with Cinnamon and has a dove brown coat to the roots, red eyes and flesh ears.

Dove Syrian Hamster

Flesh Eared White

The Flesh Eared White is produced by combining Dark Eared White with Cinnamon and has a pure white coat, red eyes and flesh ears. It is often referred to as an Albino because of it's appearance but it is not genetically an Albino but what is known as a "synthetic Albino".

Flesh Eared White Syrian Hamster

Mink

The Mink is produced by combining Sable, Black Eyed Cream and Cinnamon and has an orangey brown coat, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Mink Syrian Hamster

Red Eyed Cream

The Red Eyed Cream is a combination of Black Eyed Cream and Cinnamon and has a peachy cream coat to the roots, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Red Eyed Cream Syrian Hamster

Red Eyed Ivory

The Red Eyed Ivory is a combination of Red Eyed Cream with either Light Grey, Dark Grey or Silver Grey. The Ivory has an ivory coat, red eyes and flesh coloured ears.

Red Eyed Ivory Syrian Hamster

Sable
The Sable was, until recently, regarded as the black hamster although not a true black. The Sable is a combination of the Umbrous gene with Black Eyed Cream. The Sable has a black coat with a cream undercolour, and has cream rings around the eyes, black eyes and dark grey ears.

Sable Syrian Hamster

Yellow Black

The Yellow Black is produced by combining Yellow with Black and the coat is black on the tips with a distinct yellow undercolour which shows through the top coat, black eyes and grey ears.

Yellow Black Syrian Hamster

Other Colours

Tortoiseshell

The Tortoiseshell is a patterned hamster produced by combining Yellow with another colour.

Tortoiseshell Syrian Hamster

Ruby Eyed: The Ruby Eyed gene is extremely rare, if not extinct. The Ruby Eyed gene can be combined with any colour to produce a Ruby Eyed variety of that colour. Ruby Eyed hamsters have bright ruby eyes and the coat colour is extremely diluted. For example a Ruby Eyed Golden would have bright ruby eyes and the dark brown coat is diluted to mid/pale brown, the Ruby Eyed Cream has a coat that is diluted to a creamy ivory. The Ruby Eyed varieties are not to be confused with the Red Eyed varieties which do not contain the Ruby Eyed gene but may have 'ruby' red eyes. Colours such as Cinnamon, Red Eyed Cream, etc although having red eyes which are 'ruby' in colour, are not due to the Ruby Eyed gene. One of the reasons that the Ruby Eyed Hamster is extremely rare is that males become sterile as they reach 10 weeks of age.