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The fur on a longhaired hamster should be very dense but is "fluffy", like thistledown or cotton wool, rather than the velvety feel of shorthaired fur. For this reason, people who are not allergic to shorthaired hamsters can be allergic to longhairs, (or vice versa).

Longhaired fur is expressed differently in the two sexes, due to the differences in hormones. Males have a long "skirt", which parts down the spine and flows down over the flanks. This skirt varies in length but in some show animals may be 10 cm or more long! Females, on the other hand, have much shorter fur that lies evenly over their bodies. Older female occasionally develop "tufts" around their rear ends as their hormones change with age.

The longhaired gene, (l), is recessive, so a longhaired hamster must inherit it from both parents. For this reason, mating two longhaired hamsters together can only produce longhaired babies, but mating longhaired to shorthaired, or two shorthaired animals, may produce all shorthaired young or a mixture of long and shorthaired babies.

NHC Standard

1. The colour and markings shall conform to the recognised colour standard, allowing for the dilution effect of the long-haired gene; this is particularly noticeable on the ticking of agouti varieties, but will also affect other varieties.

2. The fur shall be soft, very dense, and evenly long over the entire top surface of the body, excluding the face, where it shall be shorter. Special attention shall be paid to the density of the belly fur. The coat shall be as long and dense as possible, but allowance must be made for sex, i.e. males must have longer fur than females, and the females shall not be penalised for having shorter fur.

NOTES This coat type may be combined with satin and/or rex.

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