The Marked Varieties

The following are recognised marked varieties:

Dutch, Even, Broken, Variegated, Rumpwhite, Tricolour, Banded and Hereford.

Note: A detailed breakdown of the allocation of points for each variety is given in the printed version of the Breed Standards and is provided to all new members on joining the National Mouse Club.

Image Colour Description
Dutch Eye colour to be as in standardised variety. In Dutch marked the face or cheek markings should be evenly balanced, a patch covering each side of the face, extending below the eye but not including the whiskers, and not joining between the ears at the narrowest part of the blaze. The cheek markings should not run underneath the jaw. The saddle should come well up from the tail to the middle of the body and be clean cut, top and under. Tail stop to be approximately halfway along the tail. The stops on the hind feet should come halfway between the tips of the toes and the hock. Colour of markings should be carried out in the ears. The coloured markings may be any standard colour.
Even Marked Eye colour to be as in standardised variety. A mouse shall be considered even marked that is of any standard colour and equally balance in markings and free from runs. The more spots or patches, the better, combined with pleasing effect.
Broken Marked Eye colour to be as in standardised variety. A Broken marked should be as far removed from the Even or Dutch marked mouse as possible; that is to say it should not have either Dutch cheeks, saddle or any markings which may be considered evenly placed. The spots or patches should be well distributed all over the body and head, the more uniform in size, the better, also the greater in number and they should be free from brindling. There must be a spot or patch on one side of the nose. A Broken marked mouse without a nose spot must be disqualified. The nose spot defined as a spot on one side only of the nose, including the whisker bed.
Variegated Variegated: Eye colour to be as in standardised variety. A Variegated mouse shall be of any standard colour, evenly splashed over and under body, and must be free from any spots or solid patches such as those found in Evens and Brokens.
Originator: Mrs G Atlee 1897
Rumpwhite Any standard colour but having a white rump. The line of demarcation should be straight and encircle the body so that the lower third of the mouse, including the hind feet and tail is completely white. The remaining colour must be without any white markings at all and should conform with the standard laid down for that variety. Rump White Tan to be shown in Rump white class.
Originator: R Meredith 1969
Tricolour A Tricolour mouse is to have patches of three colours, one of which is white, of equal amounts, top and sides. Patching under to be considered an added beauty. Each patch should consist of a solid colour, clearly defined from surrounding patches. Brindling of the patches, clear domination of any one colour, a solid coloured head, and resemblance to any other standardised marked variety to be adjudged faults.
Original Certificate 1978: C Lee. Amended Certificate 2018: S Cudbill
Banded Eye as in other standardised colours. A mouse of any recognised standard colour, with a white zone encircling the body and to occupy one quarter of the length of the body positioned at the third quarter of the body length from the head, excluding the tail; sharpness of demarcation to be of prime importance. Feet white.
Certificate 1992: W F H Ansell
Hereford Eye colour to be as in standard variety. The body colour shall be that of any standardised colour. The face shall be white, extending to a V shape which terminates just beyond the line of the ears, the white going under the chin and clean cut, but not extending down the throat. The ears and tail shall be of the standardised colour with the latter half of the tail being white. The belly shall have a uniform white marking, starting between the front legs and ending at the vent with the white not to extend up the sides of the body of down the legs. The feet shall be white. Any other markings on the top to be considered a fault. The white areas shall be pure and devoid of any colour or staining. This is more inline with the breed of cattle and less like the self coloured mouse with a white face and feet. The belly mark is generally thought to be best as a rectangle shaped bar or line starting between the front legs and ending at the vent.