The National Mouse Club Breed Standards
THE GENERAL STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE
"The mouse must be long on body with long clean head, not too fine or pointed at the nose, the eyes should be large, bold and prominent. The ears large and tulip shaped, free from creases, carried erect with plenty of width between them. The body should be long and slim, a trifle arched over the loin and racy in appearance; the tail, which must be free from kinks should come well out of the back and be thick at the root or set-on, gradually tapering like a whip lash to a fine end, the length being about equal to that of the mouse's body. Unless the variety standard states otherwise, the coat should be short perfectly smooth, glossy and sleek to the hand. The mouse should be perfectly tractable and free from any vice and not subject to fits or other similar ailments. A mouse with absence of whiskers, blind in one or both eyes, carrying external parasites, having a tumour, sore or patches of fur missing, suffering from any obvious disease or deformity or kinked tail shall be disqualified."
Written standards are necessarily under some limitation. Words cannot convey an exact idea of what any mouse should look like. This applies with special force to the definition of colour. Attendance at shows is urged upon all who wish to form a precise picture of any variety and it cannot be too strongly stated that nothing can take the place of inspection of specimen mice.
There are 5 sections under which mice are classified, with various colours existing in each section as follows:
|Selfs||Self mice are of one solid colour on top, belly and sides||Read|
|Tans||Tan mice are of a recognised colour on top with a rich tan belly||Read|
|Marked||Marked mice are patched with a standard colour in combination with white, in various patterns||Read|
|Satins||Satin mice have a high metallic sheen to the coat||Read|
|AOVs||The Any Other Variety section includes all mice which are not classified in previous sections||Read|