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Satin-coated hamsters have a deep, glossy sheen to their coats. Each hair acts like a prism, reflecting the light and giving a "shiny" effect.
The satin gene, (S), is a dominant gene, so it cannot be carried. Mating two non-Satin animals together cannot produce Satin young. However, mating a Satin animal to a non-Satin one should produce a mixture of Satin and non-Satin youngsters.
It is not advisable to mate two Satin animals together, as you may produce
"double Satin" babies. The Satin gene, as well as altering the hair
structure, affects the coat density; Satin animals have slightly fewer hairs
per square centimetre of skin than non-Satin ones. This is not a problem normally,
but "double Satin" animals, (those who inherit a Satin gene from both
parents), have thin, patchy coats with bristly, stubbly hair. This does not
affect their general health, but does not look very attractive, and obviously
makes it easier for them to be chilled!
1. The colour and markings shall conform to the recognised colour standard, allowing for the effect of the satinisation.
2. The fur shall be soft and dense, and have a glossy, satin sheen.
NOTES This coat type may be combined with long hair and/or rex.
Under no circumstances should two satins be mated together, as this will result in "double satinisation" and, eventually, almost naked hamsters. A satin must only be mated with a non-satinised variety.
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