CHESTNUT AGOUTI COATS
Fur color genotypes are the same in all breeds, however length, density, and texture of the coat may
effect the color.  Genes commonly referred to as "plus + minus -" modifiers also affect the intensity of the
coat color.
Longer coats may show more bands than short coats.
"Faux" rings in self angora coats are sometimes mistaken for agouti banding.
Castor Rex.  Note the
color saturation and the
wide intermediate band
of the shorter coat.
Copper Satin.  Rich
color intensity due to
the transparent fur shaft.
Brown Silver.  The
heavier guard hairs
containing more
pigment give the flyback
coats added color
intensity.  (Note the
silver hairs evident in
the upper right side of
the photo.)
French Lop (left) & Holland Lop
(right).  The longer, softer coats of
the lops tend to be  diffused in
color.  Lack of breeding for
roufus ++ modifiers may also
result in faded intermediate
bands.  Note the tan banding near
the tip of the coat, which is not
evident in the shorter rex coat. (It
can also be noted on the satin
coat pictured above).
Belgian Hare (left).  The
thick guard hairs and
roufus +++ modifiers
give the Belgian Hare a
brilliant red coat.  The
recessive "ww"
(wideband gene)
increases the width of
the intermediate band,
decreasing and
sometimes nearly
completely eliminating
the black tipping of the
agouti coat.
Steel.  The effect of the Es
dominant steel gene on the
agouti coat darkens the coat
by "filling in" the tan
intermediate band.  The steel
gene does not show its effects
on the self coat, however does
darken the belly on "at" tan
pattern coats. (Steel Tans are
not accepted in any breed.)  
The steel coat should not show
ring color when blown into.
(See Below)
Above - photo showing ring color of a
brown Silver's coat.