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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, cream, beige, beige banded, golden 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 golden banded.
This list states the colors and types I am currently breeding for in my rat breeding program.
-Classic Black & Agouti line: Standard ears & standard fur (Regularly available, not always posted - Please inquire)
-Marten line: Standard ears & standard fur
-Black Hooded line: Dumbo or standard ears & standard fur
-Beige Hooded line: TBD
-Blue rex line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur
-Dwarf line: Dumbo with rex or standard fur
-Blended line: Dumbo or standard ears & standard fur
-Fawn rex line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur
-Fairblaze line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur, wedge blazed face
-Aussie line: Dumbo ears & standard fur & Silvermanes *Best line*
-Harley & Satin line: Dumbo ears, Harley fur*, or standard fur
Overall Goals for Rats:
~Striving for show quality~
All lines are bred for the selection of excellent temperament.
Classic Black & Agouti line: This line is reserved 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.
Marten Line: TBD
Black hooded: Main goal is to perfect the stripe! This line carries Himalayan, Siamese, beige hooded, and hairless.
Beige hooded: TBD
Dwarf line: Breeding for dumbo blues that mature around 100 grams. Selecting for American blues.
Aussie line: The Aussie line includes ancestors that were 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, hairless, and fawn. Silvermane is very commonly produced in this line. Harley and Satin are also occasionally produced. 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! Read more about them below.
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.
Fawn Rex Line: Breeding for golden orange fur in both rex and standard. Also breeding for head stars and other facial markings.
Fairblaze Line: Breeding for dumbo ears, rex and standard fur, blue color, and a wedge blazed face.
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. Fees for rats from this line will also fluctuate (go up or down) for a while as the quality of the babies shift.
Harley 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.
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 fur color, but also the fur 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
Considered a regular line. Nice colors and good temperaments, waits for them sometimes extend a while! The goal color of this line is powdered or American blue. The blue rex line is known for it's amazing temperaments. Bluford (pictured above) is one of my best foot tuckers. Complete mush! The line produces both standard size and dwarf. Only dumbos in this line. Fur type: standard fur, rex fur, and true hairless. Colors: black, blue, Russian blue, American blue, powdered blue, Siamese, and PEW.
Considered a regular line. Shown above is a six week old female. This bloodline is notable by their classic white wedge blazed face. "Fairblaze" is a bloodline title which references their beautiful recessive blaze facial marking. The colors of Fairblazed rats are typically Russian blue. There is both standard fur and rex fur in the line. Fairblazed rats are well tempered and naturally friendly! Good health in the line. All Fairblazed rats will have dumbo ears. Various chest/belly markings possible such as berkshire, Irish, and English Irish.
Considered a high-end 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. I do not often have dwarf so waits can extend a while.
Considered a high-end line. Examples shown above. Aussies are a bloodline 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. Extremely healthy bloodline with tumor and mycoplasma resistance. Aussies are arguably the best bloodline in the country. It's by far my favorite line! Many colors and genes possible including dwarf, hairless, harley, and for base colors: Cinnamon, Russian Cinnamon, blue agouti, agouti, russian dove, fawn, blue fawn, blue, russian blue, black. Patterns: berkshire, Irish, self, variegated, hooded.
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 pet placed some rats from this line a long while ago thinking the line was ready. 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. 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. Both standard and dumbo ears in the line.
Considered a high end line. Harley 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.
Classic Black & Agouti Line
This line is exactly what it implies! The goal is the classic black/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 fancy genes (or you like these classic looks!), 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 classic black and agouti will be produced most often. 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. Classic black & agouti Line rats are not wait list or wait list fee applicable so if you signed up for my wait list for other bloodlines, your wait list fee is not credible toward your rats if you only get babies from this bloodline.
This bloodline is notable by the deep super intense red eyes and speckled marbling dilute fur. Super unique gene! After the gene presented within a Classic Black & Agouti line litter, I decided to start this gene as it's own project. They are beautiful and so different compared to anything else I have worked with. Temperaments produced are currently mainly 3s.
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. Temperaments from this line are typically 3-4 on the scale.
Beige hooded line
This line is being reborn! I decided to bring this line back using recessive beige hooded babies that are from my black hooded line. This is because I outcrossed my black hooded rats to my beige hooded line years ago and I occasionally get recessive beige hooded in the black hooded litters. While the original beige hooded line turned into the blended line with new goals, I felt it was time to bring back this coloration to my rattery. The beige hooded line and the blended line will for now act as two different lines with different goals. Not yet offered. Temperament watch.