have had a lot of questions regarding this color, and there doesn't
seem to be a lot of accurate info about this color, so to help people
out I took a bunch of photos of our Aussie Cinnamon boy Gussie with
American based cinnamons for color comparison. I have also been
working very hard to try to gather as much accurate information
as I can.
Aussie cinnamon was imported into the US by Connie of Rat Genesis
in California in 2002 along with the other amazing gene we love,
Downunder, among others!
Aussie mink has been
test bred to many different "browns" here in the US. I
have (and other ratteries I work with have) bred the gene to both
UK mink (in our European roan line) and the American mink ( the
mink/pearl merle line that I work with) and our test breedings show
that it is a separate gene from American mink or UK mink and that
they do not produce cinnamon/mink when bred with either of these
Connie had a cross with
an American line to a direct Aussie cinnamon line that did produce
Aussie Cinnamon. We are unsure which mink gene (likely the same
"mock mink" gene that was imported into Europe from America,
based on test breedings) the American rat carried that produced
the Aussie cinnamon. Due to test breeding variances there is a highly
likely hood the American allele(s) has mutated more than once (meaning
there is more brown [mink] mutations than we thought)
When they get their first
color when they are babies they look fawn, as they molt out their
baby coats they get their beautiful cinnamon color. They have black
eyes. Their adult coats are more reddish then American or UK cinnamons.
is an archived article written by Connie about her imports from
Australia in about 2003
first photos are of our wonderful Aussie cinnamon boy Dmtn
next three photos are of my girl Dmtn
Sweet Potato who is a Aussie Cinnamon also. These pictures show
her at about 2 or 3 months old molting out her baby coat. You can
still see the fawn color she had as a baby on the top of her head.
photos show baby aussie cinns on their aussie cinn father Gussie
for color comparison
next photo is of Gussie with Dmtn
Ruby an american cinnamon merle.
is Gussie with tBBR
Pistachio a dark american cinnamon dwarf.
is Gussie with Dmtn
Maple a american cinnamon pearl merle.