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Old 12-21-2009, 12:37 AM   #1
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Exactly how shiny is satin fur?

And if a mixed breed rabbit has satin fur, does thatmean it has a Satin rabbit in its ancestory?

Also, can a rabbit have satin fur on part of its body (like, say, it's head and ears), but not on the main part of its body?

And is black satin fur shinier than white satin fur?

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Old 12-21-2009, 01:41 AM   #2
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The satin coat has a hollow, glass-like, narrow diameter fur shaft. The reflection of light gives the coat a "sheen" different from the luster that other coats have.

The satin mutation is recessive, so a rabbit must inherit the satin gene from each parent for the coat to be satinized.

Black satin coats do show off more of a sheen than the white coats. Coats with more thick guard hairs have better sheens than those with more soft undercoat. The color is often very intense on a satin coat.

It is possible for the fur to have better sheen on the extremities than on the body.

By comparing Satin vs normal fur under a microscope, you can see the difference. (I'll try to remember to post a sample photo tomorrow).

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Old 12-21-2009, 02:30 AM   #3
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Well, here's the best I could do with a cheap microscope . . .

Pictured is a Satin hair and a Polish hair. Note the glass-like appearance of the Satin hair . . .


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Not info about satins, but I have noticed that the black fur on my broken black bun is much shinier than the white fur. So perhaps this is a trait that holds true whether the fur is satin-type or not?
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:11 AM   #5
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Thanks so much, guys!

Pam, does that mean the only way to tell for sure if a rabbit has satin fur if you look under a microscope?

It's too bad that picture didn't work. I'd like to see it!

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Oh, look! Now the picture works!

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