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From time to time I have shown short haired black eyed cream mosaics i.e. a black eyed cream with a single "black" spot. These have always aroused much interest mainly from judges who think I have got my pen numbers mixed and have put s/h B.E. Cream in the Non-Standard class! Looking through my collection of hamster books there is very little literature about Mosaics and what little information that appears is often false.

I have only ever seen Mosaic in s/h B.E. Creams although it cannot be ruled out that the Gene may well appear in other colours. In the s/h B.E. Cream the Mosaic is a single black hair or group of hairs. The patch can vary from a single hair to a patch the size of a fingernail. The situation of the patch is random.

Random is also what this Gene appears to be. Mating two Mosaics together will not produce Mosaics. In 15 years I have never had a Mosaic produce Mosaic offspring. Mating brother and sister from Mosaic parents together or back to its Mosaic parent does not produce Mosaics. However, due to the rare occurrence of these Mosaics occurring it's hard to implement breeding programmes. One myth I can disprove is that Mosaic is sex-linked. Mosaic can appear in both males and females. The Mosaic does not dilute the cream and mine have gone on to produce excellent cream babies.

Bob Parlett once told me that a friend of his had bred a s/h B.E. Cream Mosaic with several pure black spots. Bob was quite exited about this and went to see it only to discover the breeder had used mascara! So next time you see a s/h B.E. Cream in Non-Standard look a little closer.

Jane Addis

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