Varieties of Fancy Mice - AOV - Astrex

Photograph by Eric Jukes

This picture is NOT an Astrex. It is a Rex, which is not a standardised variety. But it is similar to the Astrex with the same curly whiskers. The Astrex coat is looser than the Rex. Unfortunately, Astrex mice lose the tight curliness of the fur when they are about 10 weeks of age. This is because the hair follicles are constricted at birth (causing the hair to "crinkle") but enlarge as the mouse matures. The adult mouse simply has a rather rough coat.

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LSCMRC Web Site - Updated 21st February 1998