Description: Hairless double Rex (definitions at bottom)
Pan is one of our two ‘hairless’ boys. He is less adventurous than Puck, marginally, but he seems a little more diabolical. We’ve named him after Saturn’s moon by that name, and also for the Greek god of nature and the wilds, an unpredictable trickster who was known for being a bit sexually frisky.
Puck and Pan are best of buds, and are (at the moment) our two boss rats.
Double Rex gene: hairless rats are a coat variety characterized by varying levels of hair loss. They are bred from curly-coated Rexes and range from having areas of very short fur to being completely bare. They are genetically produced by breeding different combinations of the genes that cause Rex coats, and since Rex is a dominant trait, there only needs to be one Rex parent to produce curly Rex-coated offspring. When two copies of the trait are present, the genetics cause hairlessness and earning such rats the colloquial name, “Double-rex”.
Pan, mythological god, on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_%28god%29
Pan, moon of Saturn, on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_%28moon%29