Agouti

The agouti variety is also referred to as ‘normal’ and is the wild colour of the roborovski. Hamsters can be lighter or darker but should ideally be close to the standard set by the National Hamster Council (see below).

Designed to reflect heat from underneath and to be camouflaged from flying predators, down the eyebrows the roborovski ideally adapted to survive in a desert or semi desert environment.

Agouti refers to the way the colour is distributed along the hair. A self coloured animal is the same colour all the way up the hair shaft. An animal can be various agouti colours in the same way that a Syrian hamster can be golden or cinnamon (both classed as agouti). A hamster is unique from, say, mice or rabbits, in that the agouti form includes things like the eyebrows, crescents, arches, cheek flashes or dorsal stripes. In the Roborovski, agouti includes eyebrows and we have yet to see if a self animal has a white belly or not.

Agouti Standard

**taken directly from the National Hamster Council website

TOP COAT – Warm sandy brown carried 1/3 down.  Very lightly and evenly ticked with dark brown.
BASE COLOUR – Slate Grey
BELLY FUR    – White
FEET    – White
EYES    – Black
EARS    – Flesh with a dusting of fine fur on the top edge conforming to the Standard colour.
MARKINGS – Arches and spinal stripe are absent.  The boundary between top colour and belly fur shall be a sharply defined line with no brindling along the animals’ flanks with a slight downward curve between the front and back legs and again over the tail root. The eyebrow markings and the whisker beds shall be pure white and clearly defined.