Color guide

Because we work with a new color guide and like to show the real color, we will do a photographing project for the color guide. Each hegehog will be photographed with the same background and light, so the differences off the colors come forward a bit better.

But, until the photographing project is done, we will add temporarily pictures to the page.

Colors

Base colors

 

Dark Grey – **

Wildcolor without a set genetic code. Black quills with ticking and a brownish mask. Fairly dark and does not fade much when aging.

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Black – aa

Melanism, recessive mutation creating a full Black hedgehog with exception of the usual white parts. Dos not fade when aging.

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Brown – bb

Brown dilute, recessive mutation creating a lighter hedgehog with an overall brown shade in quills and mask. Brown fades a lot when aging up.

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Albino – cc

Albinism, a recessive mutation that blocks al variaties of pigment, creating a full white hedgehog with red, translucent eyes.

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Grey – dd

Dilute, a recessive mutation that dilutes a pigment, creating a lighter form of Dark Grey with Black quills and a light grey mask. The color fades a lot through aging.

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Cinnicot – pp

Pink eyed dilute, a recessive mutation that causes ruby eyes and a dilute of the black pigment, creating an orange hedgehog with ruby red eyes.

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Colors with two genes

 

Chocolate – aabb

The combination of melanism and brown dilute creates a chocolate brown color than doesn’t face through aging. The mask is slightly lighter than the quills.

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(Slate)Blue – aadd

The combination of melanism and dilute creates a cool grey color with a slight blue/pink undertone. The color can look brownish in certain light and the color fades through aging.

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Unknown – aapp

Unknown – bbdd

Unknown – bbpp

Unknown – ddpp

 

Colors with multiple genes

 

Unknown – aabbdd

Unknown – aaddpp

Unknown – aabbpp

Unknown – bbddpp

Unknown – aabbddpp

 

Patterns

Snowflake

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White

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Doublewhite

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Pinto – Pi*

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Reversed Pinto – Pi* rr

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Masked Pinto – Pi* ff

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Snowflake

Snowflake is a silvering mutation. Hoglets usually begin to flake around 4 weeks of age, but some may start sooner or later. The difficulty is that the amount of white quills can’t be determined unti the hedgehog has been to all stages of quilling at around 10 to 12 months of age. Some hedgehogs may gow up fully white quilled unti 6 weeks of age and then start developing colored quills, making them Snowflake or White. It’s not sure if there are multiple genes to this mutation, but as it’s a well-known variety, it’s important to know the differences.

A good Snowflake as a minimum of 25% white quills up to 75% white quills. However, it’s not said that a hedgehog with less than 25% quills can’t give it through to it’s offspring, so don’t be too strict on this rule altough you might want to be sellective on breeding good Snowflakes.

The skin of a Snowflake hedgehog remains colored underneath the white quills.

White

White is the same silvering mutation as Snowflake, just more intense. White hedgehogs have 10 colored quills at most. If they do have more, it’s a Snowflake or a “High” Snowflake.

Doublewhite

Doublewhite is the same silvering mutation as Snowflake, just more intense. Doublewhite hedgehogs have no colored quills at all. If they do have some, they’re a White or a “High” Snowflake.

Pinto – Pi*

Pinto is a Piebald mutation, creating white depigmentated spots on a hedgehog’s body. both quils, fur and skin turn white and it also may affect the eyes, creating odd-eyes or ruby eyes where they would usually be black. Regular Pinto focuses on the back, ears and sides of a hedgehog, but not on the mask.

Reversed Pinto – Pi* rr

Reversed Pinto is part of the Piebald mutation, but creates a white face and a white ring around the skirt of the hedgehog, leaving only a patch of color on the back of the hedgehog. it may also affeect the eyes, creating odd eyes, ruby eyes where they should be black or red eyes where they should be ruby. This cn make color determining very hard, especially if there is no patch of color left on the hedgehog, creating a Full Reversed Pinto.

Mask Pinto – Pi* ff

Mask Pinto is also part of the Piebald mutation, but this variety focuses on creating white patches in the mask. Creating splitfaces, snip, eye patches, whitefaces, etc. It also creates patches on the back of the hedgehog, but this is not mandatory and can be bred out through selection.