Pink-Eyed Selfs

Pink-Eyed Selfs: (English) Dove/(American) Lilac, Champagne, Silver, and what some call Lavender

Mice can have black eyes, which have a full dose of color, or they can have red eyes, which means there’s almost no color in them—the blood vessels in their eyes make them look red (Eww!). So here’s a question, have you ever seen a black mouse with pink eyes? Probably not! The funny thing about the gene for eye color is that it the mouse’s coat color is lighter, too, as if you’d added white paint. But it doesn’t add the same amount of white paint to each color. The gene for pink eyes adds a lot of white to the black paint, turning it light gray, a little lighter than Ashes. It adds a little less white to the brown paint, turning it a light champagne color. And the pink eyed gene does almost nothing to the orangy paint.

So if Oreo had pink eyes instead of black ones, then the black color has white thrown into it, turning it a light gray color the English call “Dove” and the Americans call “Lilac”, genetically, a pink-eyed black.

Pink Eyes, affect on Black

A mouse like Hershey, but with pink eyes, would be a champagne—a pink-eyed chocolate. We added white paint to her dark brown and came out with that light brownish color.

A mouse like Blueberry, but with pink eyes, would be a very light gray, because we start by mixing white into the basic black paint, then the blue gene means it’s painted in tiny dots. It’s the color called silver.

If a mouse Ashes like had pink eyes instead, then he’d be the lightest yet, a pale brownish gray, with his brown color diluted with our white paint and then painted in tiny dots.

If a red mouse like Firefly had pink eyes instead, what do you think she would look like? Well, the pink eyed gene actually doesn’t do anything to the orangy color, so she’d be almost exactly the same color, but with pink eyes!


A red or fawn mouse with the chocolate gene looks pretty much the same, too, but if you add the blue gene, you get a bright purple mouse! Okay, I’m just kidding to check if you’re paying attention. What you get is the tiny dot effect of the blue gene turning the orange a light beigy-buff color.