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Lilac hamsters are formed by the combination of the Cinnamon gene, p, and the Dark Grey gene, dg. Either Cinnamons or Dark Greys are compatible mates for Lilac; the litter will consist of young that resemble the non lilac parent, (i.e., are Cinnamon or Dark Grey, as appropriate).
As a result of being derived from Dark Grey, Lilac hamsters can carry the "kinky tail" genetic fault. Animals with bent or curled tails should not be bred from, as this is believed to lead to spinal problems, as it does in Manx cats.
When Lilacs are bred only to other Lilacs for several generations, the young are not infrequently smaller than average, as a result of the influence of the dg gene. This progressive reduction of size can be minimised by mating "out" to Cinnamons every few generations.
|TOP COAT||Soft pale grey with pinkish tone|
|BASE COLOUR||Soft pale grey|
|CRESCENTS||Ivory with a pinkish tone|
|CHEST BAND||Soft pale grey with pinkish tone|
|CHEEK FLASHES||Warm grey|
|EYE COLOUR||Claret red|
|EAR COLOUR||Pinkish grey|
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