I’ve owned standard rats as pets on and off since 2001. The breaks I’ve taken always came down to odor. It seemed that no matter how often I cleaned their cages, the urine smell became strong, dwarf rats do not have the same strong urine. For this reason, I’m extremely happy to keep dwarf rats.
I currently keep a colony of 9 boys and 4 girls in 2 separate critter nations. I do not breed every rat since they’re all my personal pets. I have 2 Harley boys and 1 girl, 2 silvermane boys and 1 girl and the rest are satin or standard coats of various colours. Every rat gets a lot of cuddle time and 4 come to work with me each week. I’m an elementary school teacher so all my rats get plenty of attention.
I’ve always kept animals because I love them. I have 3 dogs, 3 cats, the rats, 2 geckos and a ball python. Rats are especially dear to me and I have a profound interest in genetics. I approached Georgian Bay Rattery for guidance and I’m currently under her mentorship. Each litter I breed is well thought out. I do not breed for colours but for health and temperament. Thus, the parents of my babies are selected with those goals in mind.