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Silver Fuzz Rattery

I got my first rat when I was eight years old, after the heartbreaking loss of my pet Syrian hamster named Spice, after he ate a fresh cab rodent repellent under my carpet by a terrible accident... I named him Jennx, and he was a Beige Hooded. Jennx lived to be about three years old, eventually passing away from a stroke. Throughout his life he went everywhere with me, to Florida on vacation, camping, picnicing, etc.

After his passing, I returned to the same petstore Jennx had came from and got another rat, this time a baby girl, and named her J.J., which stood for Jennx Junior. J.J. was a Black Hooded. After that I was hooked, and over time I brought home many new rats – Trousers was a huge PEW, Courage was a Beige Hooded, Ratbert was a Russian Blue Rex, and Beanie was a Black Berkshire. My first litter was between Trousers and Courage, and they were beautiful Black and Agouti Hooded babies. A year or two later I discovered the world of rats online and started researching more on genetics, breeding in general, etc. I realized there were other rat fanciers as into them as I was. The Silver Fuzz Rattery was officially named in 1999.

I’ve always loved a large array of colors and markings. I’ve worked with many varieties over the years, and over time have made some choices on which I’d like to work with and which to avoid. My lines are recessive marked, in American Blue, Russian Blue, Midnight Blue, American Mink, RED, and Burmese on both black and agouti bases. Other colors may pop up here and there as well. One of my passions is learning how different dilutes work with and effect one another. I prefer standard and satin coats to rex coats, and dumbo ears to standard ears, but I won’t turn down an otherwise wonderful breeding candidate just because they are not my preferred ear/coat type.

I do avoid intentionally breeding hairless and dominant markings into my lines, mainly for the health risks involved. This is a personal choice and does not reflect my opinion of those who choose to breed these varieties – they’re just not for me!