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Our Individual Lines

This page is updated every time we post a new litter to keep the info current for our adopters.

Let me make something very clear before you read about our lines. All of our wonderful adopters are under contract to update us on any concerns they have with their rats such as temperament issues and eventual date of death. This is so important to us because we can't breed healthy animals without knowing what each individual animal we breed is doing health and temperament wise. So if in the event there are issues with any of our lines we take that very, very seriously. We keep this info in our database to determine if specific lines should continue to be bred or not. If things are not looking good, and there are complaints about temperament or the rats aren't living as long as we think they should we have absolutely no problem ending a line. We will even let our adopters know we ended it, and tell them the reason we did it. This is just what good breeders should do. We cannot in good conscience adopt out questionable animals. So having said that the lines on this page might change. This is to better our animals.

All of Our Lines Are Color Bred

All of our lines are color bred and do not carry any other colors. That is quite a difficult feat! And takes many years to achieve. This makes each of our rats the truest representation of their color. Most rats you get carry 2,3,4 or more colors. Rats that carry other colors rusts and dilutes their color. I like them to be rich and true. Its so much prettier. You can apply this to each and every line listed below.

American Blues

Beautiful super dark American Blues are my main specialty. I have been breeding this line of them since 2004. I started this line myself. My American Blues are very long lived and have excellent type. They are on the beefy, large and blocky side. Just like I like them!  They are very sweet and loving! I just adore their mellow temperaments! My American Blues are all from the same rat in my logo. Mary Jane. I have worked on this line longer than any of my other lines.

They have been bred into my new Hairless line from Nebraska and into my Marten line. So my Blues are coming out of those lines as well.

I have shipped this line to France as of 12-9-2013.

Dr. Fitzgerald has complimented me on this lines health, beauty and coat quality. Just before I exported them to France.

Russian Blues

altMy Russian Blue line has been with me since 2005. I had gotten them from a local breeder and they trace back to the SRR lines. This is a very strong long lived line. And they are of great type and on the larger side. They are very mellow and lovable!

Right now my RB do not carry ANY colors at all. They are a true representation of the color. Which is something you just don't see anymore. Most are muddied up with mink and or other colors.

This line has perfectly lovely and mellow temperaments and great longevity.

Burmese

My Burmese are exquisite to say the least.  And they get a lot of attention for it. Even Dr. Fitzgerald form the emergency vets show on Animal Planet has complimented me on their beauty as far as coats and their health when I exported them to France.  They are my pride and joy. These were imported by Connie Perez import to the US. I got mine right from her in 2006. And they are very large and long lived with excellent type. They also have super sweet loving personalities. This line is very, very popular in Colorado. People love them. They are very, very special. Most are Sable and many are my special Cama Rex or Cama Double Rex gene! 

I have shipped one of my dwarf Wheaten's to France as of 12-9-2013. Along with 4 other rats one of which was  a dwarf Black. And these are the 1st dwarf rats on in that country. Alexia of Citron rattery is who I exported to.

This line has excellent temperaments and great longevity. They are huge rats and are couch potatoes. I am very, very proud of them. I have bred them for many generations. They have the most lovely temperaments. And are soo sweet.

I have out crossed the line with my Chocolate line and Dwarf line now. Half of my line is Chocolate half are Black base. Harlan Dark Agouti will be added back in soon so add the DA Wheaten into the line.

 

Black Eyed Siamese (Chocolate Point Black Eyed Siamese)

My Siamese are all bred for Black Eye. And they are also very exquisite. They are beautiful, and I've had them forever. They came out of the same rats as my Burmese back in the day. And they are very, very special.

My line comes form the same 100% pure UK rats I received from Connie Perez in 2006. They have

long life spans,  excellent type and size. They are also Cama Rex in many cases, that or standard fur.

This line has perfectly lovely temperaments and great longevity. They are huge rats and couch potatoes.
My line is now Chocolate as I have out crossed them with my Chocolates. This makes Black Eyed Siamese much richer in color than straight seal point. Chocolate Point changes the Cream body color of a Siamese to a darker Creamy Chocolate with flecking. Chocolate is the only color I have found that changes a Siamese main body color while still keeping the very dark points. All other color points start out dark as babies and then molt out to a cream body with points as adults. When a Chocolate point molt they retain that dark baby color on the body and it gets richer and their points get darker.

 

Silvermane

Our Silvermane line was imported from Exotic Whiskers Rattery in Canada as a co-shipment between myself and Emerald City Rattery in March of 2016. And are the 1st ever of their variety in Colorado.

Silvermane is new to the world. It was discovered by Squeaks and Nibbles Rattery in North Carolina in 2012. She named them Silvermane and we opted to keep that name out of respect for Squeaks and Nibbles even though AFRMA choose a different name later on.

Silvermane rats have a mixture of Silver hairs and their natural body color. They have very, very soft coats.

Our line has a very sweet, and very curious disposition. They are the 1st at the door to greet you. And they have a lot of energy to play.

So far this line has had zero issues with health or temperament.

 

Hooded

My Hooded are an old line of mine. I have been working on them forever. I have now bred my Marten and Fuzzy Hairless into them. So this line is super sweet, long lived and very beautiful. I cannot say enough about this line. I just love them.

I will soon be switching this line from Marten to another color. Probably Black and or Chocolate.

Harlan Dark Agouti (From Harlan Labs)

<--- Pic of normal wild type Agouti like you see in pet lines, on right next to a Harlan Dark Agouti left.

This line is straight out of the Harlan laboratories. I have out crossed it with my guys now to get the Dumbo gene in there. But the color is a Harlan Patent. From their Dark Agouti line. When I got it from Isbn rattery who got it from the lab for me they were part Sprague Dawley and  part Harlan Dark Agouti/ Wistar. And he gave me a pair. They came with 11 thousand generations of pedigree, DNA mapping and health info. What more can you ask for? Longevity? Yes they have that too. And there are no health issues in the lines as per their lab paperwork.

As of 2016 I have finally decided to breed them directly into my main lines. They are no longer in the testing phase in my rattery. It took me years to get to this point. They are now integrated into my Black line, which is a line carrying nothing at all to use as an out cross in all of my lines.

I have allowed 2 other breeders to work with this gene. This line is very sweet and loveable!

 

Recessive Blazed

This is an old line I've worked with for a very long time. I have had them since 2005. Bonnie Walters and Connie Perez sent them to me. 

They have been out crossed with my Black line to add Dumbo. And the Black line added Harley & Whiteside into the line.  My recessive Blazed are very sweet rats. And have great health and temperaments. They are very playful, curious and friendly. They love to get scritches and then bounce around excitedly.

They used to throw Manx but I have not seen that for quite some time.

At one point I bred my Beige/Fawn line in because they had a blaze as well and that added a cute nose spot to the line. 

My 24k Gold Line (Harlan Dark Agouti Fawns)

These are from my Harlan Dark Agouti line from Charles Rivers Laboratory. Plus a Beige line I shipped in from Arizona. You cannot get these anywhere else except from myself and or 1 other breeder I have sent the gene too. No one else is breeding from the Harlan DA lab rats. This fawn is a very special color. Much more brilliantly colored than regular Fawn. They are a gold orange that is very rich in color.

They are very very sweet, mellow loving rats who love people. They are very nice type and are larger rats. Nice blunt noses.

I have out crossed this line with my Whiteside's now. So that will be showing up soon.

 

Marten

Our Marten line was imported from Exotic Whiskers Rattery in Canada as a co-shipment between myself and Emerald City Rattery in March of 2016. And are the 1st of their variety ever in Colorado.

We have both the Black Eyed and pink Eyed types. But we prefer the pink ones.

So far this line has had zero issues with health or temperament. They are now considered our line, as we have had them for lots of generations and do represent Camarattery. They are very mellow rats with great health. We have never had a complaint about them. And we are very proud of them.

My oldest line of American Blues are outcrossed in this line.

 

Dwarf

I was one of the 1st breeders to get the Dwarf gene. And my Dwarf are some of the most established in the world. Our Dwarf are more robust, not overweight and represent the standard rats in their line. They are of excellent quality and temperament.

Dwarf have more energy! So consider that. So don't just buy them for a little kid that can't handle that. They are also faster. And they need a larger cage not a smaller one because they love to move around more than standard rats. Do not purchase them and put them in smaller cages.

Dwarf are small so they have small litters. They breed at an older age than standards and because of these 2 facts they breed very slow. Do not assume you can just get a pair of them at the same time. It may be years in between the time I post one for adoption then post another.

Our Dwarf were the 1st Dwarf ever to be imported into Europe.

 

Whiteside

The Whiteside gene was rediscovered by Emerald City Rattery. And all of mine are directly from her. This line has been worked with longer than any other Whiteside line and is very, very sweet. I have nothing but positive things to say about them. They are of good size, and great temperament and longevity. They are very beautiful too. This line has quite a bit of the blood from my black line in it. As I have out crossed them to that line a lot.  Their genetics are almost all Camarattery black line blood now. We have bred them for many generations. So they are one of our older lines.

This line has perfectly lovely temperaments and great longevity. We have never had any problems with health in this line. They are larger rats.

 

Albino and Ivory - We have 2 lines of them

My Albinos came out of my Hooded & Black line. But were eventually outcrossed with my Chocolates who are very very sweet. So right now all of my Albino and Ivory in this line are in fact Chocolate based This way I don't loose the Chocolate gene, since it is very easy to loose, and hard to get. 

This line is very sweet, very soft and perfect pets. They have wonderful temperaments. They are very mellow and are larger rats.

I have a black based line and a Chocolate base line of Albinos.

The Chocolate line of Albino's are used to out cross the following lines:

  • Tonkinese (Red Eyed Burmese) -Choco based line

The Black based Albino line are from the same line and never bred to the Chocolates. Those out cross the following line:

  • Martens (Black Based)
  • Hairless (Black Based)

I am trying really hard to get rid of the Black Eyed gene in these lines and no longer have Ivory.

 

Harley

altHistory of the Harley rat found here.
Also more history here.

Harley are Long Haired rats. My Harley/ Angora line came from Emerald City Rattery who imported them from Georgian Bay Rattery in Canada. At that time females were not lactating and there were some skin issues. But those issues have been resolved now.

I do not recommend keeping Harley on any type of wood bedding as this seems to irritate their skin. I recommend a paper or paper pellet bedding, or hemp. They do great on those. This will keep their coats and skin looking good. Also they do not do well on high protein diets. This causes scabby skin. Keep them at 14 - 16% protein. Be strict about that. Our Harley do not have any skin issues at all. This is rare in Harley rats. Follow the above mentioned diet when adopting them from us to keep them healthy.

12.25.2022. I have out crossed this line for 9 generations since we got them. They have been out crossed with my black line. And are of my best genetics. Life spans are long and temperaments are excellent. They are coming straight out of my black line now.

Angora

Angora is genetically a Harley but it's also a recessive curly that only pops up on Harley, and has a different feel to the coat. It's the softest coat type. It's so soft you almost can't feel it. But I believe it to be a throw back similar but not the same as the original Harley generations who had a Velveteen like coat. Angora now are not always curly until adulthood they start out looking like a normal Harley. Angora do not look like a Velveteen however, as they have excellent curl and no cotton like undercoat like a Velveteen. Angora sometimes have a real shine to them as well. But not always. Its possible that Angora is jut a better looking and more curly version of the 1st curly Harley. And its just gotten better with age. But there have been some very rough patches in its evolution....

The Angora gene popped up at Pixie's Rattery in Canada and she shipped them to me I was the 1st in the USA to get them. It was thought by Pixie that the curl may come from a Satin gene she has in the line. But she wasn't sure. So she sent them to me to work on and figure out. It was thought that Satin was in the line. However from the breeding's I have done and the ones done by RuBY Rattery, we have discovered that there is no Satin's popping up in our litters. So the gene simply isn't present. Even if we breed and Angora to a standard rat carrying no other coat genes, and breed those Angora carriers together, there is never any Satin there. Its only Angora and Standard coated babies.

Angora will not be sold to general adopters for quite a while. As that has no benefit to the variety whatsoever. But we have now shipped it to another as well so the 3 of us can work on it together.

At this time we have ended the line from Pixie, there were far too many health issues. They were getting rottonous mouth infections and terrible rotten teeth and failure to thrive. They were also getting rotten infected nipples on breeding females.

The Angora gene also popped up in our Harley from Georgian Bay Rattery in Canada, which is somewhat of the same pedigree as Pixies, with some differences. So we are just working with that line now to see if its healthier. So far is has about the same issues as Harley rats. But at this time in their evolution they are scrawnier than they need to be. You can always tell n Angora in a litter by its size. They also have their own unique whisker type.  As babies they may or may not have some curl to their fur. But as they age they get curlier. Better ones curl earlier. As far as their health, they reflect our Harley line. Which are doing very well. However they can be a bit scrawny as babies. That needs to be fixed. All Harley and Standard hair in the Angora litters have great health. This line is a bit more energetic so I do not recommend them for smaller kids.

I do not recommend keeping Angora on any type of wood bedding as this seems to irritate their skin. I recommend a paper or paper pellet bedding. This will keep their coats looking good. Also they do not do well on high protein diets. This causes scabby skin. Keep them at 14% protein.

This line has been bred for several generations to get their health looking good. And I did adopt one out. They are more expensive because of the amount of work in the line. And because we have to keep a larger number of them to find the best ones for breeding, that costs more to feed, cage and enrich them. Instead of posting them as 5 weeks old like other lines, I do keep this line longer to be sure they are of the best quality for us and our adopters.

Update 10.2022. I have not had any Angora born in quite some time as they are the hardest in my opinion to breed for out of any rat variety. My Harley/ Angora line came from Emerald City Rattery who imported them from Georgian Bay Rattery in Canada as stated above.  And she outcrossed those with my black line and my fawn line. She did a ton of work on these. I had then bred them to my black line many times making them in integral part of my Black line. This line of Harley/ Angora are very, very healthy and do not have lactating or skin issues. Finally. My main Black/ Harlan Dark Agouti out cross line now throw Harley an Angora. So they are coming out of my best line. It has taken a lot of work to get them this far. Angora fought us every step of the way. But I can finally be happy with our work. Angora are still rare, very rare. They pop up when they want to. But they are healthy now. I will continue to try and make more of them. All Angora from this generation was kept here at the rattery.

12.20.2022 I have another new Angora litter. The health of the Angora this generation is also perfect. They are beefy now and no issues at all. None of the babies had any issues. They grew up just like all of my other babies. No skin issues, no infections, no FTT. All the babies were the same size as their standard furred siblings.

Marble

Marbles are very new to the fancy. They came from New England Reptile Distributors (NERD) in New Hampshire.

Not a lot is known about the longevity of the line since it's so new. But what is known is that they have problems with the teeth mis-alining and crumbling and Crypt Orchid. The CO being an issue with the testicals not dropping and one or 2 of them staying in the stomach area. This is a recessive gene. By 5 weeks old when the babies go home this is already known, and I will not allow CO babies to be adopted out, should it arise in my breeding's since rats who have this are likely to develop cancer. But please note that while I will not breed from rats with tooth issues or Crypt Orchid. However, I cannot control the tooth issues from arising as the rats age. This may be an issue that arises if you adopt Marbles. Right away I will be heavily out crossing this line with my very old healthy lines to improve the Marbles. So go into it knowing that. Please note that the non Marbles in the same litters do not have the tooth issues. This seems to only develop on the Marbles rats.

Marble looks similar to the dominant Merle gene, except that Marble is a dominant gene that works on all other colors. Not just Mink based rats like the Merle. The Marble rat has Black splotches on it. And it has a dorsal stripe.

My particular line was imported from Georgian Bay Rattery in Canada. And I have seen tooth issues in this line so far. The 1st litter I had only 2 did not have tooth issues the rest did. Note for adopters the Marbles have tooth issues, the non Marbles in the same litters are not at risk of having the tooth problems. It's only the Marbles themselves.

I tried out crossing this line with my Whitesides. Breeding them for Whiteside created tooth problems. So far this line since I have out crossed it has very, sweet and playful temperaments. They seem very mellow too. And they are larger rats. At this point this line is more than 3/4 my Whiteside lines blood. So genetic health and temperament is very good right now. But I am seeing tooth issues in each litter where Whiteside Marbles are present. So I will stop breeding them for Whiteside. And I will start breeding them for self. 

3 generations of self's have been bred following the Whiteside breeding's. No tooth issues have developed in the past 3 generations of self marbles as of  7/2022. So that is good! I have discovered that breeding them as Whiteside every generation was causing tooth issues every time. So I stopped that and have only been breeding for straight self now. And zero issues. I like the white on them but it just wasn't working at all.

 

Chocolate

altThe Chocolate line I have was Imported from Pixies Pocket Pets in Canada to Emerald City Rattery, she then shipped one to me.

I have out crossed them to my black line and Albino line and Siamese line.

I have been happy with their overall type. Shape is very good. No health issues have been seen.

11.2020: This line is where I want it temperament wise. They are now calm. This current generation is gen 7 for me. And that is when I call them my own.

2021 will be the year of Chocolates. I will be making most varieties I have in a Chocolate option. So you will start to see me using a Chocolate parent in many of my litters to get that going right now.

Their temperaments are very calm and squishy. Never a single health issue thus far. So I will be keeping them in my breeding program. They are exactly what I am looking for. I am currently mixing them with various other lines in my rattery so I don't loose the gene. Which is easy to do with Chocolate.

 

Overo

altThe High White markings on this line come from my old Chinchilla line that I got from Canada. I no longer breed the Chinchillas as I found it boring.  The Overo patterned rat was named after the Overo horse with very similar markings and similar colon issues as babies. Lethal High White marked rats can get megacolon as babies right after they start eating solid foods. I keep this line longer to make sure I am not sending home babies too young as they are free and clear after they are able to pass food through the colon. So I let them go home around 7-8 weeks old instead of the normal 5 weeks I usually do.

This line has been out crossed with my Black line every time I breed them. And I have had them for many generations now. Health, temperament and longevity is excellent.

 

Fuzzy Hairless

My Hairless gene came from Emerald City Rattery (RuBY). They have been out crossed from my Albino & Marten lines. This line has a bit of fuzz on them until they are full grown adults when they lose much of the fuzz. They are very mellow and melt in your hand like butter. This line has great longevity and have very mellow temperaments. They are larger rats and have long life expectancy. I am very proud of this line. They are just wonderful rats and love everyone. They are a little bit more expensive because of the work that goes into them. And they are harder to find. 

 


-New-

We will not consider a new line a true representation of Camarattery line until we have bred them for 7 generations. And only if at that point they have cleared all health, temperament and type standards we have, then we will decide to keep them or not based on those factors.

Hairless - New Line

This line is new to us as of the Summer of 2020 and do not represent Camarattery or our lines. So they will not represent my lines for a while. I tend to evaluate lines for 7 generations before I decide to keep them and decide they represent Camarattery if I do keep them.  As we have not had a chance to call the line our own yet. Right now we are testing their health and evaluating them overall. I can say that I am very impressed with their temperaments. They are from FVR rattery in Nebraska.

  • Generation 1 - We bred them together. And did adopt out babies. They are not as calm as our lines but they did pretty good.
  • Generation 2 -  We have out crossed them with our Marten and American Blue lines to add all of the good qualities those lines have to offer. Those babies did get adopted out. And are a bit mellower than the previous generation. I had about 3 litters this generation.

I am having problems with getting these guys to pup up in litters. I am not sure if I can make more right now. The breeder I got them from mixed them with fuzzy so that's all that wants to pup up.

Homozygous Lethal Dalmatian - New Line

This line was shipped in during the Summer of 2020. So they will not represent my lines for a while. I tend to evaluate lines for 7 generations before I decide to keep them and decide they represent Camarattery if I do keep them. They are super cute! Not as large as babies for sure. A little more on the fragile side. They take a while to catch up in size. I will be working to change that because I like bigger rats. They carry Russian Blue. Their markings really are fantastic. I am starting them out with using my Chocolate line as an out cross for the Dalmatians.

This line is new to us as of the Summer of 2020 and do not represent Camarattery or our lines. As we have not had a chance to call the line our own yet. Right now we are testing their health and evaluating them overall.

For the non genetics expert the reason they are called homozygous lethal is because if you breed 2 of them together, and while in utero if babies get this Dalmatian gene from both parents the babies will die before they are born. There are several rat types that do this. Pearl and Marble do the same. So you get better results by only breeding one dal not 2 together. 

  • These are smaller rats. They are smarter and have more energy. They grow and develop slower.
  • Generation 1 - I out crossed them with my Chocolates. I did adopt out a few. They are smaller than my rats as babies for sure. Not as mellow as our lines but not too bad.
  • Generation 2, 11.2021 . They are mellower than generation 1. Finally getting Dumbo's because of my Chocolate line. The type has improved. Patterns are pretty. Babies are still growing slower, so they are littler at the same age as my other other rats of their age. Since with this generation I had bred the out cross litter together I did get a Chocolate baby. And a Dumbo.
  • Generation 3 -  8/2022. This generation acts so much more like my lines. The babies are so friendly. And they are growing faster now. They are not staying tiny for weeks longer like the 1st 2 generations. They are of normal "rat size". I have 2 litters of them this generation. All are either Dumbo or carry it.

Tonkinese - New Line

I shipped this line here in the Summer of 2020. So they will not represent my lines for a while. I tend to evaluate lines for 7 generations before I decide to keep them and decide they represent Camarattery if I do keep them. They do carry Russian Blue and possibly American Blue. I do not know much about their current genetic temperaments. Tonkinese are the same as the red eyed Burmese that have been popping up in our litters since 2009. All Tonkinese are originally from Camarattery lines. We shared them with other breeders shortly thereafter in 2009. Back then Red Eyes on a Burmese was not a desirable trait and they were pet homed for the most part. But other ratteries did get them from Camarattery directly. Because show standards asked for Black Eyed we did not keep them here. At that time our lines went to a breeder in TX who later quit breeding and took them to a pet shop at which point a newer breeder grabbed them thinking it was a totally new gene and named them Tonkinese and called it a new variety since we think they didn't know it had already been around for many years. AFRMA has decided to name them Siamese Sable. And there are talks of it becoming standardized. It may not have been a desirable trait for show standards in years past but now people like the Red Eyed so it's being bred often now. I sent some of these gen 1 babies to 2 other breeders to work with. They can help me with them.

These rats are larger size.

This particular line is new to us as of the Summer of 2020 and do not represent Camarattery or our lines. Even though way back in the pedigree it is our blood. Right now we are testing their health and evaluating them overall.

  • Generation 1 - A few seemed mellow but some were not. I did adopt this generation out.
  • Generation 2 - I only got one Tonk. I kept her.
  • Generation 3 - I have out crossed these with my Chocolate Albino line.
  • Brought back some Tonks that are all Dumbo from one of the other breeders I shared with on generation one with, to add more diverse blood into mine. Also those are all Dumbo. Some of my UK Rex gene was bred in. And Satin popped up out of the Tonks so I now have that. I will be breeding some of these to my Chocolate Albino line.
  • Generation 3 - 8/2022 Using the Our cross from the other breeder, I bred one of those to an albino of mine. So its mostly My and my breeder friends blood.  Mind you my breeder friends lines are based on my lines as well. All of the babies in this litter are Dumbo. These babies are very mellow so far and love greeting me. I am very impressed with them.
  • Generation 4 - 12.2022. We bred our gen 3's together. This generation 4 breeding is 3/4 Cama blood 1/4 Tonk blood. They are most likely all Chocolate based since all we out cross them with is our Chocolate Albino line. We have also done a 2nd breeding of our gen 3 males to the out cross gen 3 girl from the other breeder. These will be half Chocolate and half black based I am assuming. As ours should all be chocolate now. Temperaments are very good on both litters. I am very pleased with them. We are letting the standard eared babies all go this time and only keeping the Dumbos. Finally. We also got a couple of Sables so we will be keeping those.
  • Generation 5 - 12.2022. Dumbos! I was able to keep Dumbo babies this time. So next gen will be just that. This generation has 2 litters and they are very sweet. And act more like my rats.

Golden Black Eyed Siamese - New Line

This line I shipped in during the 2020 Summer season. So they will not represent my lines for a while. I tend to evaluate lines for 7 generations before I decide to keep them and decide they represent Camarattery if I do keep them. They are rats of great type, do not carry dilutes, and do carry satin and Harley. I do not know much about their genetic temperaments.

This line is new to us as of the Summer of 2020 and do not represent Camarattery or our lines. As we have not had a chance to call the line our own yet. Right now we are testing their health and evaluating them overall.

  • Generation 1 -  We kept them all to evaluate them. They are nervous.
  • Generation 2 - We have decided to keep all of them as well. They are nervous of people.
  • Gen 3 - Out cross to new blood. I bred one of the Goldens to a Velveteen from RuBY rattery in the Springs. She brought those in from NY. Already the babies are calmer! No skittishness, no biting like previously. They let you hold them. And don't try to get away. Huge improvement!
  • Generation 4 12.2022. - Bred the out crosses together. Much better temperament. I will be adopting out this generation.

Pearl & Merle - New Line

Our Pearl Merles are brand new for us. We have no time put into them at all. So we are still evaluating them. We just got them in the Summer of 2020. So they will not represent my lines for a while. I tend to evaluate lines for 7 generations before I decide to keep them and decide they represent Camarattery if I do keep them. This is a UK Pearl and Merle. They come from Karen Robins the President of the American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association, they had one outcross to add the Merle gene when I got them. So they are very well pedigreed and worked with. This is a show line. I cannot tell you how they will be in the long run because I just don't know them. As soon as I know more I will update this info.

  • Generation 1 - We already have some Dumbo babies. We have out crossed them with one of our Harlan Dark Agouti in the Whiteside line.
  • Generation 2 - 8.15.2021 - All Dumbo this time. Temperaments seem very good this generation. We used a Dwarf male from our old Whiteside lines as the father to this generation. So these are 3/4 Camarattery Blooded.
  • Generation 3 - I have bred the dwarf carriers together from the out cross litter. Now I have actual Dwarves to work with for the line. Most are now Whiteside as well.
  • Generation 3 - 2.2023. I actually lost the gene and had to go to one of my past adopters to get it back. I got a Blaze Pearl back from my gen 3 litter. And once I bred him to my out cross black line female, that's when I realized his Blaze was dominant. I did not know that before when breeding this line. As the line is new to me and I was just breeding the line with their family in the past. Suddenly in this litter HW Badger Blazed popped up. And mom is obviously not related. So I will have to treat this line differently from here on out. I can't breed these blazes together. So I am holding back a couple of Blazed to remove from this pearl line and out cross with my blacks some more and do a separate thing with them. And I will hold back a self or Whiteside pair to continue the Pearl line. This was a good thing to find out as High White Blazed rats like these may need to be watched out for when raising them. HW rats can get megacolon right after they wean. So I can look out for that. It may not be a problem in this line as I have gotten many blazed in the previous generations and never had an issue. But its something I can look out for now. Unblazed babies have no such issue. The blazed in this line will now be adopted out a few weeks older now and their cost is higher due to more care and difficulty in breeding them. I am happy they got an out cross to my black line this time so that is noteworthy. That will help strengthen the line regardless. And add a huge pedigree on that part of the lineage. But because they are honestly too new of a line to know for sure weather they would get MC, so they will be tested and watched for that. Once I post them for adoption they will be way past the age where any problems can arise. And they will be safe to go to new homes.

High White Blazed Line - New Line

This line popped up from the new Peal & Merle line that I got in 2020. Those came to me with Blazes. What happened was I found out on Generation 3 of breeding the Pearls that this Blaze was Dominant when I out crossed it to my Black line. I had assumed it was Recessive Blaze before then, so now I have separated them off to make a new line of Dominant Blazed to work with. I don't really want to leave the Blaze on Pearl rats as Blaze looks better on a nice jet Black rat in my opinion. So I will start these off on generation 3 and continue out crossing them with my Black line to get the Mink and Pearl out of the line.

On another note I had shipped this line to another breeder friend of mine after I got the line. She also got the Blazed gene in her shipment. She found out they are Dominant Blazes as well when breeding them to her rats. She also discovered they do not do well when you breed 2 of the Blazed rats together. Typical of a HW Blazing gene. Those need to be bred to a non HW Blazed mate.

  • Generation 3. 1.2023. Dad was a Pearl Blazed from the Pearl line. Mom is Cama The Bride my Black line female.  I actually lost my Pearl gene and had to go to one of my past adopters to get it back. I got a Blaze Pearl back from my gen 3 litter. And once I bred him to my out cross black line female, that's when I realized his Blaze was dominant. I did not know that before when breeding this line. As the line is new to me and I was just breeding the line with their family in the past. Suddenly in this litter HW Badger Blazed popped up. And mom is obviously not related. So I will have to treat this line differently from here on out. I can't breed these blazes together. So I am holding back a couple of Blazed to remove from this pearl line and out cross with my blacks some more and do a separate thing with them. And I will hold back a self or Whiteside pair to continue the Pearl line Separate from this new line. This was a good thing to find out as High White Blazed rats like these may need to be watched out for when raising them. HW rats can get megacolon right after they wean. So I can look out for that. It may not be a problem in this line as I have gotten many blazed in the previous generations and never had an issue. But its something I can look out for now. Unblazed babies have no such issue. The blazed in this line will now be adopted out a few weeks older now and their cost is higher due to more care and difficulty in breeding them. I am happy they got an out cross to my black line this time so that is noteworthy. That will help strengthen the line regardless. And add a huge pedigree on that part of the lineage. But because they are honestly too new of a line to know for sure weather they would get MC, so they will be tested and watched for that. Once I post them for adoption they will be way past the age where any problems can arise. And they will be safe to go to new homes.

Recessive Patchwork - New Line

This line I shipped in during the 2020 Summer season. So they will not represent my lines for a while. I tend to evaluate lines for 7 generations before I decide to keep them and decide they represent Camarattery if I do keep them. Patchwork have been around longer than I have been breeding. But the gene was lost for a short time and resurfaced. There are not many of them anymore so they are considered rare. 

They constantly lose their hair and grow it back in a new unique pattern. Some breeders call them Rorschach rats because of this. Which we think is a fitting name as well. 

We got this line from another breeder.  So far their temperaments have been great. No problems there. The breeder I got them from said she could only get 2 real PW to survive. Others would wean then die or die as infants. There were Patchwork babies with eye issues as well. She sent me the 2 survivors and some carriers. She did not have a chance to out cross them from the previous breeder. So she only had one generation. The previous generations to hers were not bred for health at all, they were very poorly bred out of feeder lines. And mixed with everything imaginable. Including other problematic lines to compound bad health. Most faired poorly as a result. And we are going to work hard on fixing the issues. We will be breeding all of their old blood out of this line quickly.

I have sent them to 2 other breeders that I work closely with so that we can further this line more quickly and out cross them to good blood faster. We are now able to send this line back and forth to each other for out crosses so that they re not too closely related.

  • Generation 1 - We saw a few Dumbo's in the standard hair babies in the litters. We did adopt out a few that survived. They are not as mellow as our lines but they are not bad. A few died after weaning or birth. We sent several to a breeder we work with for out crossing at her rattery.
  • Generation 2 - 1.1.2021 These are out crossed one time with Camarattery lines. These are all Dumbo. We are adopting out a few. These are a little bit mellower than
    generation one. Some died as infants. Some  of this generation from the other breeder I sent to went to a 3rd breeder we work with for out crossing. Not getting a lot of actual PW. Just carriers.
  • Gen 3, lost several after before and after weaning. But they type is better. Eyes are better on some. One has survived and we are going to use him in our breeding program. Most are not born PW I keep getting carriers and not actual PW. That is frustrating.
  • Gen 4. These are very heavily out crossed with our chocolate and black lines. Eyes are perfect! All are Dumbo! 3 litters have been bred to our lines for out crossing. Those are carriers. More on gen 4...We have brought a carriers of the Chocolate out crosses home from our breeder friend. To bring in new blood.
    Generation 4. Outcross from our lines from another breeder.
  • Gen 5 12.2022 We bred our out crosses that are or carry Chocolate. We did 2 breeding's this generation. Lots or PW this time. My healthiest generation yet. I decided to breed a PW female for the 1st time to a PW male. She birthed perfectly. She had 16 babies. She did not lactate so I fostered them the next morning. She lost 10 over night. So there are 6 remaining. And they are very healthy! 1st time we have gotten hooded PW. Some are chocolate. Mom did just fine and had zero issues from here on. Our 2nd litter from this gen all survived. They are black and Chocolate, all Self. Temperaments are excellent on both litters.

 

 

 

Here is Edward in these 2 pictures. The picture on the left and the right are only taken 7 days apart.