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Welcome to The Rat Room.

We have been avid keepers and enthusiasts of fancy rats since mid-2011, keeping them on and off over the years.
In October of 2019, after many many months of research, we acquired our first breeding rats from a close friend and fellow breeder.

We decided to start our own lines for a few reasons:

  1. We simply wanted to run our own rattery. We have a vast background in breeding small animals, and wanted to give breeding rats a go. After our first litters, and with the help of our community, we were absolutely hooked! 

  2. There were no well established, ethical breeders in our area which, at the time, was the coastal town of Hastings in East Sussex.
    Unfortunately, our local pet shop and Pets At Home branch were the main outlets for anyone to obtain rats locally, both of which support unethically bred and kept rodents from large scale mills and actively bred aggressive rats.

  3. The good parts of the international rat community are really good! We wanted to grow our own community for breeders and pet owners as well as be part of the international community

Projects & Lines

We are aiming to produce solely dumbo in the future, however, we still have top eared rats within the rattery and probably will for quite some time as we like to work with dumbo carriers in some lines.

We work on all of the below varieties in unmarked/self for the most part as these are our main interest. Though, we do enjoy some marked varieties like Blazed, Variegated, and Downunder.

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Things to note:

  • We are aiming to only produce dumbo ears, but often have top eared kits available and in litters.

  • Most lines will be mixed sizes, meaning we will be working with dwarfs, dwarf carriers, and standards in most of our lines.

  • Some projects will be linked to coat types, for example Silvermane will be limited to Black, Russian Blue, and Dark Phase/Light Phase Pearl, for example. Other projects will not be linked to coat types.

  • We aim to spread our time evenly across projects. As one of us is a stay at home parent, we're lucky to have the time to commit fully to our stud. 
    Ultimately, some projects will need more work than others, and thus, require more time.

  • We will only ever breed rats that we like. We don’t and never will breed for public demands or "to order".

Yorkshire Project

Agouti Berkshire Dwarf
Agouti Berkshire Dwarf

Agouti Berkshire Dwarf

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Agouti Berkshire Dwarf
Agouti Berkshire Dwarf

Agouti Berkshire Dwarf

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Agouti Rex Kit
Agouti Rex Kit

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Agouti Berkshire Dwarf
Agouti Berkshire Dwarf

Agouti Berkshire Dwarf

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Line 1: Unmarked Agouti (A*)

2019-current 
Our aims with our Agouti stock is, ultimately, to serve as a good base and good addition to our other Agouti-based projects. As well as specifically breeding for darker pigmentation in the tail, feet, and ears (any areas of exposed skin), an overall darker top and bottom coat, reduced brightening on the belly and legs, and an overall heavier set body type in both bucks and does.

 

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

-Velveteen/Double Velveteen, Silvermane, Silvermane Velveteen/Double Velveteen

- Unmarked

Line 2: Black Self (aa)

2019-current

Much the same as with the Agoutis, we aim to darken skin pigmentation and improve body type and head shape. We will be selectively breeding for only the deepest Black.

This also provides a good base for our other black based projects.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

-Velveteen/Double Velveteen, Silvermane, Silvermane Velveteen/Double Velveteen

- Unmarked

Line 3: Black Marble (aa-Mama)

2022-current

In 2022, we decided to incorporate our long standing Black line with our Marbles.
Our aim is to improve the overall quality of the coat marbling with the possibility of expanding into other base colours in the future.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard size

- Standard coat

- Unmarked

Wedgewood Project

Line 1: US Blue (aa-gg)

2022-current
Our aim is to breed for a coat that is somewhere between a vibrant baby blue and a soft powder with a heavily reduced undercoat.

Occasionally, due to outcrossing, we produce Blue Agouti/Opal from this line.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen, Double Velveteen, and Standard

- Self

Line 2: BE Russian Blue Point (aa-dd-c^hc^h-Be*) and BE Blue Point Siamese (aa-gg-c^hc^h-Be*)

2021-current

As both Siamese and Marten are on the c-locus, we occasionally use our Siamese line to improve our Martens and vice versa. This has been a huge help with introducing the Black Eyed gene into our Martens.

The main goal for us when working with Siamese is to increase the depth of the points across the body. For this reason, we only aim to produce unmarked Siamese.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard size

- Satin 1 Velveteen, Satin 1 Double Velveteen, and Satin 1

- Self

Line 3: Russian Blue (aa-dd) and Russian Blue Silvermane (aa-dd-Sm*)

2020-current
Occasionally, due to outcrossing, we produce Russian Blue Agouti, Russian Silver, and both Russian based PED and RED varieties from this line.
Primarily the aim of this line is to produce Russian Blue Silvermane, but due to the nature of this gene, we also produce standard coated Russian Blue.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Silvermane and Standard

- Unmarked

Line 4: Blue Marble (aa-gg-Mama)

2022-current

As well as working on our Black Marble line, we decided to incorporate our Blue line with our Marbles.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo and Top Eared

- Standard size

- Standard coat

- Unmarked

Blue Agouti Dwarf
Blue Agouti Dwarf

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Blue Agouti Varieberk Dumbo Dwarf
Blue Agouti Varieberk Dumbo Dwarf

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Blue, Opal, & Agouti Babies
Blue, Opal, & Agouti Babies

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Blue Agouti Dwarf
Blue Agouti Dwarf

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Earl Grey Project

RE Agouti Marten Dumbo Rex
RE Agouti Marten Dumbo Rex

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RE Agouti Marten Dumbo Rex
RE Agouti Marten Dumbo Rex

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Line 1: BE Black Marten (aa-cm*-Be*)

2021-current

Marten is still a relatively new gene to our rattery and we're currently working interchangeably with our Black Eyed Siamese lines to establish good foundation for our Black Eyed Martens.
We won't personally be aiming for Red Eyes, but do find them very striking on a good Black Marten.
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Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen, Double Velveteen

- Variegated and Unmarked

- Black Eyes

Line 2: BE Agouti Marten (A*-cm*-Be*)

2021-current

Known as "Silver Agouti" in other circles.
We just think they're neat.​​

 

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen, Double Velveteen

- Unmarked but occasional variegated may pop up

- Black Eyes

Line 2: BE Black Marten Marble (aa-cm*-Be*-Mama)
2022-current

In addition to unmodified Marten we have introduced Marble to our Marten projects to create a separate Marten Marble line.​​

 

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen, Double Velveteen

- Unmarked

- Black Eyes

Milk Tea Project

Line 1: Fawn (A*-rr)

2020-current
Otherwise known as "Topaz", Fawn is a fairly popular colour within the community and has always been a personal favourite for us.

We aim to produce both marked and unmarked Fawn.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen and Standard

- Self

Line 2: Beige (aa-rr)

2020-current

Otherwise known as "Buff", Beige in itself is a warm magnolia cream and is often produced in our Fawn litters.
Because of this common occurrence, we decided to split it into it's own line and work on them independently.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Standard

- Self

Line 3: Fawn Marble (A*-rr-Mama)

2022-current
Created by an initial pairing from our Fawn line and one of our Agouti Marble does.
This is one of our newest lines and something we're very excited for.

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo and Top Eared

- Standard size

- Velveteen and Standard

- Unmarked

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Tea Cake Project

Line 1: BE Seal Point Siamese (c^hc^h-Be*)

2020-current

We have been working with Siamese since we started as a rattery, however we only produced Siamese with the Black Eyed gene since mid-2020.​​

 

Features of this line include:

- Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen, Double Velveteen, Satin 1

- Unmarked

- Black Eyes

Line 2: Ivory (cc-Be*)
2022-current

Not to be mistaken for a Black Eyed White or "max" white. Genetically, they are very​​ different.

We will be aiming to home out babies from this line in late 2022/early 2023.

 

Features of this line include:

- Top Eared with plans to work on Dumbo

- Standard and Dwarf size

- Velveteen, Double Velveteen, and Standard