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This list states the colors and type I am currently breeding for in my hamster breeding program.
-Short & long hairs: cream, cream banded, beige, beige banded, black banded, heterozygous silver, heterozygous silver banded
Overall Goals for Hamsters:
- While improving temperament I will be breeding for like colors such as beige banded, cream banded, and black banded.
This list states the colors and types I am currently breeding for in my rat breeding program.
-Agouti & Black line: Standard or dumbo ears & standard fur (Regularly available, not always posted - Please inquire)
-Black Hooded line: Dumbo ears & standard fur
-Blue rex line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur
-Dwarf line: Dumbo with rex or standard fur
-Blended line: Dumbo ears & standard fur
-Fawn rex line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur
-Aussie line: Dumbo ears & standard fur & Silvermanes *Best line*
-Aussie True Hairless line: Dumbo ears, hairless
-Harley & Satin line: Dumbo ears, Harley fur, standard fur, or Satin fur
Overall Goals for Rats:
~Striving for show quality~
All lines are bred for the selection of excellent temperament.
Agouti & Black line: This line is sold first come first serve and is regularly available. Other colors are possible in this line. Babies from this line will not always be posted in the "Available Babies & Adults" section. Please inquire about availability. Goals are to breed for standard ears, black & agouti color, and good temperament.
Black hooded: Main goal is to perfect the stripe!
Dwarf line: Breeding for dumbo blues that mature around 100 grams. Selecting for American blues.
Aussie line: The Aussie line was imported from Australia (hence the name Aussie). This line carries and produces blacks, blues, blue-agouti, agouti, mink, cinnamon, Russian Blue, Russian Cinnamon, powdered blue, and fawn. Silvermane is very commonly produced in this line. The natural temperaments in this line are excellent. This line is arguably the best bloodline in the country. If you want exceptional rats, this line is for you!
Aussie True Hairless line: Hairless runs in my Aussie line and I will now be breeding for the trait as a somewhat separate Aussie line. My hairless rats are TRUE hairless, not double rex! Aussie hairless have all the wonderful qualities of my Aussies, but without the fur. Read more about my Aussie hairless rats lower down.
Blue Rex line: Selecting for american blues. Breeding for both rex and standard fur in this line. This is because rex is dominant and when two rex are bred together you get drex, which are patchy and/or balding.
Blended line: This line is an interesting one. It's a mix of my original beige hooded/capped/blaze line combined with my Aussie line and from there I have been breeding my favorite rats from each litter. I am not sure where my breedings will take me, truthfully. The resulting babies from these blended lines has been fascinating and a roll of the dice! Over time this line may find a new title once clear goals are determined.
Harley & Satin line: This line is new to the rattery. It's been crossed to my incredible Aussie line. Breeding for Harley rats that keep long fur into late adulthood as well as the rare satin gene.
My rats are pedigreed. This means that their bloodlines are tracked and documented.
The Silvermane Gene (D'Argent)
Silvermane Rats: This fascinating, very new gene (discovered in 2012 by a rattery in North Carolina) is a dominant trait that effects not only the hair color, but also the hair texture. Silvermanes are still rather rare due to how new they are. This pretty mutation causes much softer fur than regular rats. Although it's classified as only a color, it really should be classified as a fur type too. It's no surprise that silvermanes are adored by the rat community for their gorgeous, unique coloration and its silky soft texture.
Other info about the silvermane: This coloration shows best on agouti and black rats. The fur will have white looking tips that disappear when wet. It's been determined that these white tips are actually clear! Silvermanes often silver from the bum forward and will develop a mask that usually shows between 3-4 weeks old.
The original name for this gene is "Silvermane." It was given this title by the person who discovered it, but the official name given to it by the American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association is "D'Argent."
Blue Rex Line
This line is my most popular! Striking colors and priced lower than the Aussies, there is a high demand for them. Waits for them often extend months long. The goal color of this line is powdered or American blue. Bluford, shown above, is in between both color shades. The blue rex line is known for it's amazing temperaments. Bluford is one of my best foot tuckers. Complete mush! This line is considered a "regular" line.
These little guys are a blast! They are forever babies and have so much to love. Dwarf rats should get no bigger than 150 grams. Many stay below 100 grams. It's possible for them to reach up to 200 grams, but for many breeders this is considered not ideal. 200 grams is very large for a true dwarf rat. They should stay around the size of a 4-6 week old standard rat baby. The gene originated out West where it was discovered by a lab. It was eventually released, but it is still relatively rare. Dwarf rats make excellent pets. Despite their small size, they should still be given a decently big enclosure, but they can do well in medium cages. There is speculation that they may be healthier than standard sized rats regarding tumors, but this claim has not yet been proven. Dwarf rats are just as healthy (possibly healthier) than standard rats. The dwarf gene does not effect their health in a negative way. I am working on creating a dumbo blue dwarf rat line that has both rex and standard fur.
Be wary of fake dwarf rats. Backyard breeders have been caught claiming to have dwarf rats when they are just selling very young mislabeled standard - sized babies or selling sickly runt rats as dwarf rats. I say backyard breeder because this is extremely unethical.
Examples shown above. Aussies are a bloodline of rats which have imported Australian blood in their distant genetic background. The term "Aussie" is a bloodline title. The original Aussie rats were imported by "Rat Genesis" from an Australian breeder. I acquired Aussies from a breeder out West who had obtained decedents of this line. Aussies were crossed into American lines which is where the dumbo ears and silvermane gene were introduced. My Aussies have excellent temperaments frequently rated 5/5. The history of this line is estimated to be 20-30+ years strong. This means pet breeders have been working on this line for a very long time! They have a nice stream-line structure and elegant features. They are naturally very friendly and passive. They also have big bright eyes and long gorgeous fur. Aussies are arguably the best bloodline in the country. It's by far my favorite line!
Aussie True Hairless Line
My Aussies carry the true hairless gene, which has recently popped up for me in the line. I will be breeding for the trait as a somewhat separate goal from my furred Aussies. As you read above, Aussies are an imported Australian bloodline that have excellent type, health, and temperament. Hairless rats require a little more protection from the cold and they can have sensitive skin, but other than that they are just like their furry counterparts. A true hairless rat is a hairless made from the actual hairless gene and not by crossing two rex rats together. Two copies of the rex gene will make a fuzzy hairless which just makes them look like poor examples of true hairless. The term "hairless" simply put means "less hair," not no hair, but the least amount of hair is desirable for hairless rats. The true hairless gene often gives the BEST examples of hairless with generally very limited to no hair present. Very neat gene! True hairless can have lactation issues and because of this they are often difficult to breed.
Show quality black hooded female
Black Hooded Line
This line is currently the oldest line to my rattery's breeding history. I have been working on it for years. Even though I have been working with them the longest, they are not of the same quality my other lines are - which came from other reputable breeders, who got them from other reputable breeders and so on. The start of this line began in a local feeder bin when I personally discovered two well marked hooded rats and decided to work with them. It's been a LONG process of improving and thankfully they have come a long way. I foolishly sold some rats from this line a long while ago thinking they were ready for pet placement. I was wrong! While working on them I have outcrossed to my high quality lines to improve the temperaments and genetic health while also trying to keep a very nice dorsal stripe. It has not been easy. Perfecting the hooded rat's stripe is one of the most difficult goals in rat breeding. On top of this, I am selecting for mycoplasma resistance, proper head shape, and tumor resistance. I'm very hard on this line because of its background. If a rat from this line is not perfect, I will not rehome him/her. Working with rats from feeder/petstore stock is commonly considered "starting from scratch" because they need an incredible amount of improvement before any reputable breeder is willing to place them in pet homes. I aim for bomb proof, friendly, and healthy rats. If you want properly raised animals from a reputable rattery, with decent genetics, and good temperaments, but don't have much to spend - this may be the line for you. Their pricing will be lower than most of my other bloodlines. Both standard and dumbo ears in the line.
Harley & Satin Line
The Harley gene is a rare gene that causes extra long fur on rats. They are beautiful! There are some down sides to Harleys such as how they are very difficult to breed. Harley babies tend to be weak as newborns which can hinder their survival. Harley mothers also don't usually produce milk so unless I have another mother with a small litter of newborns, I will lose all of the babies. I would only be able to safely breed a harley male to a carrier female. Harley rats look amazing with their long luscious fur, but as they age their fur tends to thin. I will be working on trying to improve the quality of the gene, but it will be a long process. Satin also runs in this line. It makes the fur super silky, glossy, and smooth.
Black & Agouti Line
This line is exactly what it implies! The goal is the classic black or agouti rat with standard ears. This line is nothing fancy and the pricing reflects that! If you have a tight budget, but want quality rats from a reputable rattery and don't care about looks (or you like this look!), then this line is for you. They are usually readily available. Litters from this line are not always posted in the nursery, announced, or listed in the "Available Babies & Adults" section so if you want rats from this line, please inquire! Many other colors are possible from this line, but the cheapest babies will always be classic black or agouti. Certainly a very affordable bloodline choice. Temperaments are generally around a 3-3.5 (possibly higher or lower) in this line, but individual scoring is not given to babies. When babies from this line are available, a group picture may be provided in the "Available Babies & Adults" section. If this is the case, "spots" will be reserved instead of specific rats. Choosing your rats from black & agouti line litters would occur on pickup day. This is great if you wish to choose your rats in person, but if other rats from the sex you deposited on are reserved, you'll need to pickup your babies before the other parties if you wish to have the best choice of the litter.
This line is a mix of different bloodlines I have worked with. It originally started out as a standard eared beige hooded line - one of the first pet lines I have worked with. Since then I have crossed it to my Aussies which took the line in a whole new direction. I am still figure out my new goals for this bloodline. Temperaments need a little improvement. Shown above to the right is a blended line fawn female with standard ears. On the left is a wheaten buck with standard ears. Many different coat colors and markings can be found in blended line litters.