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This is a very rare recessive gene. There are very few found in the world today and not many breeders working with them. A very beautiful chinchilla with a real 'golden' appearance. The Goldbar has the golden color spread over the tips of the back, and down the sides a bit. The belly and underfur are white and eyes are a dark red. The Goldbar is not related to the Wellman or Sullivan beige, and not to the Wilson white. The first Goldbar was
born in 1995 from two standards purchased from Ellis Adcock at June Baar's herd in California.
The recessive white originated in Enderby, BC., Canada in 2002 and was born to two standard parents in Robert Lowe's herd. One parent was bred by Robert Lowe and the other was bred by Jack Humphreys of Blue Vale Chinchillas in Armstrong, BC, Canada. Kits are born a champagne color, lightening as they grow and then darkening again with maturity. Adults are a creamy white with champagne-hued veiling. They have dark pink eyes. Alderbrook Chinchillas bought out Robert Lowe's herd of recessive whites in 2008. In fall of 2010, we purchased a group of Recessive Whites and carriers from Alderbrook Chinchillas and are very fortunate to be one of the few breeders working on this mutation.
The first Goldbar was born on June Baar's ranch in California on May 11, 1995 out of two standards purchased from Ellis Adcock. The sire was from a line that Ellis confirmed was purchased from Doug Wilson. Doug Wilson is not to be confused with the Wilson of wilson white. The name goldbar was given to this recessive white mutation because of the champagne or gold color. Hence the term, "goldbar". It was recently confirmed in 2012 that the Goldbar is the same mutation as the Lowe Recessive white. This was proven by breeding a Goldbar to a Lowe Recessive white and obtaining only creamy white colored offspring. If they were not the same mutation, this crossing would have resulted in all standard colored offspring (carrying the Goldbar and Lowe Recessive white gene)… but, it has been proven! The gene causing the coloring in the Goldbar line and Lowe Recessive line is the same gene!
Unless a new name is given for this color, I will continue to call any animal out of the original Lowe RW lines, Lowe Recessive whites and any out of the original Goldbar lines, I will refer to as Goldbars.