Varieties of Fancy Mice - AOV - Brindle

Photograph by Eric Jukes

There is more than one strain of Brindles. One strain is sex-linked and does not produce Brindle males, only females. Another strain has both males and females.

Improving Type and Size in the Brindle Mouse Frank Prantl

When the Satin mouse was first introduced into the Mouse Fancy, a lot of work had to be done to improve type and size.

The most sensible cross to improve type and size was to the Self variety. I was advised by some fanciers to keep my strain of Selfs pure, but it soon emerged that Satins and Normals could be bred together, hence the fancier could show both in the Normal and in the Satin section.

In my opinion the Satins are a great benefit to the Normals. The Satins improved to the point that they were better than Normals on countless occasions. The proof is on the show bench. I like to make this point because the latest addition to the Fancy is the Brindle mouse, which is different from any other variety because it is sex-linked. The females are Brindles, the males are Selfs.

When one breeds Brindles, one can mate a non-related buck to a Brindle doe. As a rule one in four does of the litter is a Brindle. In this way one can improve the type and size of the Brindle. But when the Fancier mates a Brindle related buck to Brindle doe, the percentage of Brindles is much higher. Also, the brindling is better.

In my opinion Silver and Champagne Selfs are the ideal cross to Brindle as they seem to breed better to the standardised colour, although obviously one can use other varieties.

The Brindle mouse is already very popular and, like the Satin mouse, will in time saturate into every strain of mice in the Fancy. Even more so, since Brindle related mice do not throw Brindles. But this means that the Fancier may never know why his stock is not up to show standard.

I have bred Brindles as big as Creams, but care should be taken not to introduce a Brindle related mouse into a pure strain because in the early stages it is more than likely to diminish type and size. In the long term, however, I am sure that type and size will not be a problem with careful selective breeding.

It is early days and Fanciers still have a lot of work to do with this pretty little mouse in order to make the impact on the show bench that it really deserves.

Frank Prantl



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