Natal, ow. Anniina Tuura, pic: Arttu Väsälä

Wilful, intelligent, odourless, social, soft-coated - but sometimes unpredictable and The Houdini of the mouse world - that can't be anything other than a natal.

In spite of these qualities - or because of them - natals have won the hearts and homes of mouse fanciers. Under Finnish Mouse Club it is possible to show natals in pet class, although they are very seldom seen in shows. That's because even the most laid back natals can turn nervous in shows and few owners are willing to take the risk.