The Unstandardised Mouse
What is an unstandardised mouse?
An unstandardised mouse is a mouse which exhibits a characteristic that is not described in a standard laid down by the National Mouse Club. It may be of a different colour, coat pattern or even physical conformation (e.g. manx, hairless, dumbo) to those varieties of mice which are currently accepted and can be shown in normal classes at organised shows. New mutations may be standardised in the future in accordance with proper NMC procedure upon application to the Executive Committee and trialling of the variety on the show bench (unstandardised classes, possibly leading to a provisional and then full standard being drawn up and accepted).
Where can unstandardised mice be shown?
Why should we bother with unstandardised mice?
What sort of qualities make an unstandardised mouse worth exhibiting?
It may be that a new combination of existing varieties is put forward, such as a chinchilla or fox rumpwhite or a banded fox. Some people argue against these examples being standardised because the white belly means that the demarcation line under the mouse is no longer visible.
In the UK the more extreme mutations (e.g. hairless, manx and dumbo)
are not standardised. These can of course be improved in the same way
as any other variety but the objections are moral as well as aesthetic
in many cases, whether justified or not. It is not likely that these will
be granted a provisional standard any time in the near future in the UK.
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