(Tip: Scroll down for pictures of the listed types)
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.
-Marten line: Standard ears & standard fur
-Black Hooded line: Dumbo ears & standard fur
-Beige Hooded line: Dumbo ears & standard fur
-Blue rex line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur
-Engelmann line: Dumbo or standard ears & standard fur - wedge/lightning blazed, head stars
-Fawn rex line: Dumbo ears with standard or rex fur
-Fairblaze line: Dumbo ears with standard, rex, or teddy-rex fur - wedge blazed, head stars
-Aussie line: Dumbo ears & standard fur & Silvermanes & Harley fur *High-end line*
(NEW) -Stargazer Line: Dumbo ears, Teddy rex fur, Silvermanes, wedge blazed
Overall Goals for Rats:
~Striving for show quality~
All lines are bred for the selection of excellent temperament.
Marten Line: Standard ears, marten/black/agouti color. Breeding for primarily hooded black and blue marten.
Black hooded: Main goal is to perfect the stripe! This line carries Himalayan, Siamese, beige hooded, and blue.
Beige hooded: Dumbo ears with standard fur. Like the black hooded line, I will be working on the back stripe.
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, Harley (long hair), 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! Read more about them below.
Stargazer Line: A new project/line in the making! It's the direct result from crossing the Fairblaze line and the Aussie line. Breeding for Teddy rex silvermane dumbos with wedge blazed facial markings.
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.
Fairblaze Line: Breeding for dumbo ears, rex and standard fur, blue color, and recessive wedge blazing.
Engelmann line: Originally the "Blended Line." A mix of my original beige hooded/capped/blaze line combined with my Aussie line. The resulting babies from the Engelmann line has been fascinating and a roll of the dice, but clear goals have now been determined. Standard ears and standard fur with recessive wedge blazing.
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, black, and russian blue 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."
The only lines I have which produce this gene are the Aussie line and the Stargazer line.
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.
Same rat in both pics. Now my favorite line - a new line in the making. The result of crossing the Aussie line and the Fairblaze line with the goal of Teddy rex wedge blazed silvermane dumbo rats. Shown above is a baby Russian Blue Teddy Rex Silvermane Berkshire Dumbo male who is a key component to this gene/line project. Very excited to see this new bloodline continue to develop.
Considered a regular line. Shown above is an adult russian blue berkshire wedge blazed teddy rex male. 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 Fairblaze rats are typically Russian blue. There is standard, rex, and teddy rex (velveteen & rex combo) fur in the line. Fairblaze rats are well tempered and naturally friendly! Good health in the line. All Fairblaze rats will have dumbo ears. Various chest/belly markings possible such as berkshire, Irish, and English Irish. The bloodline is over 8 years old! VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzgzi0-KCEQ&feature=youtu.be
No longer a bloodline, but a project within the blue rex 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. Be wary of fake dwarf rats. Unethical 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 do not have dwarf often 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 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 one of the best bloodlines in the country. 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, face blazing (white on face). The Aussie and Harley line have been recombined to breed as one line. Producing harley fur will be part of the Aussie line goal. For a while, I had bred the Harley fur as a separate spin off line from the Aussies.
What is Harley fur? Harley is a rare gene that causes extra long fur on rats. They are beautiful! The down side to Harley is 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 could lose all of the babies. I would only be able to safely breed a harley male to a carrier female unless I want to risk a trial breeding. Not all harley lines have this lactation problem, but many do. Harley rats look amazing with their long luscious fur.
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. 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 regular line and the cheapest option. This bloodline is notable by the deep super intense red eyes and speckled marbling dilute fur. Super unique gene! They are beautiful and so different compared to anything else I have worked with. Temperaments produced are currently mainly 3s. This line produces the following genes: Marten, black, blue, agouti, hooded, berkshire, Irish, English Irish, and PEW.
Originally called "Blended Line." 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. Shown above to the right is an Engelmann line fawn female with standard ears. On the left is an agouti lightning blazed berkshire male with standard ears. Many different coat colors and markings can be found in Engelmann line litters. Temperaments from this line are typically 3-4 on the scale. Goals have been finalized! I will be breeding for the following genes: cinnamon, blues (russian, american, powdered), blue agouti, wedge blazing (white face), dumbo, standard ears. Despite my goals, many genes are produced in this bloodline.
Beige hooded line
The beige hooded line is another older line to my breeding program. Now over seven generations in, it's become a nice addition to my rattery. Dumbo ears and standard fur are bred for as well as a complete back stripe and larger size.