Gerbil Coat Colour Reference Guides

Coat Colour I.D. Checker


The Gerbil I.D. Checker is a useful guide if you are unsure of what colour variety your gerbil is.

Basic Coat Colours

Golden Agouti

Golden Agouti, Black, Grey Agouti, Slate, Argente Golden, Lilac

ee Coat Colours

Dark Eyed Honey

Dark Eyed Honey, Nutmeg, Polar Fox, Silver Nutmeg, Red Eyed Honey, Saffron, etc.

Lightened ee Coat Colours

e(f) Nutmeg

ee colours which have been lightened, for example, ee + c(chm), ee + c(h), ee(f), etc.

Colourpoint ee Coat Colours

Colourpoint Silver Nutmeg

CP Dark Eyed Honey (BEW), CP Nutmeg, CP Silver Nutmeg, etc.

e(f) Coat Colours

Red eyed Schimmel

Schimmel, Silver Schimmel, Red eyed Schimmel, etc.


Colourpoint Coat Colours


CP Golden and Grey Agouti, Burmese, CP Slate, Topaz and Sapphire.


Light Colourpoint Coat Colours


Siamese, Light C.P Golden and Grey Agouti, Light C.P. Slate,etc.


Pastel Coat Colours


White Bellied Cream, Ruby-Eyed White, Apricot, Cream Self, Underwhite Cream, Pink- Eyed White & Himalayan.


Dilute Coat Colours


Dilute Golden and Grey Agouti, Dilute Black, Dilute Slate, Dilute Argente Golden & Dilute Lilac.


Other Dilute Coat Colours

Dilute Nutmeg

Dilute Light CP Golden and Grey Agouti, Dilute Siamese, Dilute CP Slate, Dilute Topaz, Dilute Nutmeg, etc.


Shades of Blue

Dilute Black

The variable shades of Dilute Black (Blue).


Shades of Gold

Dilute Golden Agouti

The variable shades of Dilute Golden Agouti.

Dominant Spotting Coat Colours

Pied Black

Spot, Patched, Collared, Collar & Blaze, Mottled & Variegated


Dominant Spotting in ee and e(f) Coat Colours

Spotted Dark Eyed Honey

The extension of yellow gene (e) interacts oddly with dominant spotting, also recessive genes on the C locus and the presence of e(f) can cause further variability to the overall coat.


Lethal Spotting & Extreme White Spotting Coat Colours

Extreme White Black

Recently in Europe, gerbils with extreme white spotting have appeared. Their coats are in excess of 90% white, and  very little of the base coat remains.  These types of extreme white markings are the result of combining the two known spotting genes, Dominant Spot & Semi-dominant Lethal spotting, together.