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Lilac (li)

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"En even light grey with a hint of brown. Darker hair root acceptable. The mouse should give a clear overall appearance of a self mouse. Eye black."

Breeding information below the pictures.

Sh lilac photographed at a Berlin mouse show,
b. & o. Nadine Conrad (G), pic Anniina Tuura

A lilac of a quite nice shade..

Sk lilac Kirivit Futura
kasv, o. & pic Saara Garnett

The lightness of the colour is good, but the shade could do with a hint of more blue.

(Click the pic for a larger image.)

A dark lilac mouse of a too brown a shade. The colour should have more of the required pinkish shade.

SHS lilac buck Noddyn Onyx
b. & o: Satu Karhumaa
Pic: Arttu Väisälä

This mouse is a typical "side product lilac", a surprise provided by recessives in a litter intended to give something else. Thus, the common faults of darkness and too brown colour.

Note: This article is old and waiting to be rewritten.

Quick Look

Lilac is a bit controversial colour. Opinions seem to differ on its actual shade. Lilac is the diluted chocolate and it does take some effort to combine these two recessive factors. The first mating is chocolate to blue, which will produce black (carrying both chocolate and blue). These are then mated together, mathematically 1/16 of the litter should be lilacs. In real life, it can be any number of blacks, blues, chocolates and lilacs. Further breeding must be considered according to the results from the second generation. However, mating lilac with dilute carrying chocolate should give 3/4 of the litter lilacs.

Lilacs born in first generations when starting from scratch tend to be too dark and brown. This is because both chocolates and blues are bred to have depth in colour and are thus selectively bred to have modifiers to give just that. So, in order to get the desired lilacs with correct lightness and "grey with a hint of brown" (just a hint!), you'll need to breed out these colour deepening modifiers.

Black eyed silver, which is found in National Mouse Club's standards, is said to be actually lilac mouse - selectively bred to be as light as silver.