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The banded gene, Ba, produces a band of white fur around the hamsters body, behind the shoulders and forward of the hips. The band and belly fur of all banded hamsters is white, but the "coloured" areas, (the head, shoulders, hips and rump), can be any colour. Commonly encountered colours include the Golden Banded, the Cinnamon Banded, the Sable Banded and, probably the commonest, the Cream Banded.
For showing purposes, the "ideal" band would be a third of the hamsters body length. The edges should be sharp and parallel to each other, and the coloured areas should be free of white patches. Hamsters approaching this standard are fairly rare, but a good one will look stunning.
Since this gene is dominant, it need only be inherited from one parent. Since the belly fur is white on banded animals, it is impossible to be sure whether or not they also possess the white bellied gene, (Wh), which, (if present in both parents), can produce eyeless pups. To safeguard against producing eyeless young, a banded animal can be mated to a non-banded animal of the appropriate colour, producing around half banded and half non-banded young in the litter.
1. The white banded animal shall have the appearance of coloured animal with a superimposed white band. The white band shall completely encircle the body and be centrally placed and not skewed. The width shall be approximately one third of the body length, completely unbroken with sharply defined and parallel margins.
2. The belly fur shall be white.
3. The white areas shall be white to the roots.
4. The coloured areas shall conform to the recognised full colour variety.
5. Eye colour: as for the full coloured variety, also ruby/red eye or eyes permissible.
6. Ear colour: as for the full coloured variety, also flesh or partly flesh coloured permissible.
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