Texel are mice which are genetically both longhair and astrex coat - aka, a longhaired, curly coat. Both longhair and astrex are standardised on their own, but there is no current standard for texel, which means it cannot be shown except in unstandardised classes.
I have had texel since the very beginning and always keep a number of individuals which I have been breeding over the years. Though they as yet cannot be shown, I have a big interest in this coated variety and find great pleasure from opening a cage with a litter of very cute, curly baby mice.
The texel coat naturally drops out with age, and is at its peak at around 4-5 weeks. This is something I am slowly but surely working on. My aim is to extend the lifeline of the coat quality, and breed towards mice that have a thick, woolly coat, as opposed to tight curls favoured by astrex. I expect this to take many years to get close to achieving but I enjoy the challenge!
My line has had MANY outcrosses into it over the years and I have changed my mind a few times over what colours to breed these in. Currently I breed these in blue and silver.