Dilute Agouti is a group of different colors which are all shown together in the ARBA. All have the agouti gene and different combinations of the C, B, and/or P genes which results in a variety of combinations by diluting the eumelanin and/or phaeomelanin. For the specific effects of these genes see the Color, Black, and Pink-Eye Gene pages.
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Some of the Dilute Agoutis have been given unofficial names by breeders and pet owners. These names aren’t uniform throughout the United States – and even less so throughout the world. Below is an attempt at defining some of these names, but it is always best to ask if unsure what someone is talking about. It is strongly encouraged to use ARBA accepted terminology within the United States to avoid confusion! The proper way to write any dilute agouti variety is Dilute Agouti: Base Color, Tip Color (ie. Dilute Agouti: Black, Cream).
Argente – this generally refers to any dilute agouti with pink eyes ( gene)
Boston Creme Agouti – chocolate with cream tip
Cinnamon Agouti – chocolate base, may refer to an animal with red tips, orange tips, or with white tips depending on the location and person
Chocolate Agouti – chocolate with red tips
Cream Agouti – chocolate with cream tips
Frosted Beige Agouti – beige with white tips
Frosted Lilac Agouti – lilac with white tips
Lemon Agouti – black with cream tips
Opal Agouti– lilac or beige with cream tips
Platinum Agouti – chocolate, lilac, or beige with white tips
Salmon Agouti – lilac with orange tips
Sunkist Agouti – chocolate with red tips