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 Post subject: Where would I find good breeders?
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:46 pm 
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My daughter is asking for a pair of rats for her birthday. She is 8 so I know they are basically going to be my pets for the next few years. I'm trying to do some research to find out if owning two rats is going to be a wise move.

I've read pets stores aren't a great place to purchase rats and the better option would be a recommended local breeder. It also seems like rats can be prone to cancers and health problems. I'm guessing a good breeder can reduce these cancers in family lines and finding a good breeder will lessen your risks of having a sick rat in the long term? Are there breeds of rats that tend to be more healthy than others?

Anyway I'm from the county Durham area and would love some advice on breeders in my area. I'd be willing to travel a fair distance too.


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 Post subject: Re: Where would I find good breeders?
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:33 am 
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Welcome to the world of ratties!
Check out the North of England Rat Society breeders list
http://www.neratsociety.co.uk/html/breederlist.shtml
There's a show coming up and it'd be well worth going along if you can, it's
Saturday 17th December 2016 at:
St Bartholomew's Church Hall
3 Station Road
Benton
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 8AN

Doors will open to exhibitors at 10.15am. Rats should be benched by 10.45am and judging will start at 11am prompt. Non-showing visitors are encouraged to arrive after judging has started.
It's worth waiting for breeder rats, or rescues are another option. There's a facebook group called "rat rescue network UK" that has rats available through no fault of their own.
Pet shop rats on the whole, especially pets at home, are bred in bad conditions with no regard for health and temperament issues so many people prefer not to support that.

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 Post subject: Re: Where would I find good breeders?
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:36 am 
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There's also the Yorkshire rat club
http://yorkshireratclub.org.uk/shows/5-2/

Their breeder list is here:
http://yorkshireratclub.org.uk/infoshee ... t_2013.doc

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 Post subject: Re: Where would I find good breeders?
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:24 pm 
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Thank you! I'll take her along to that and see if we can make contact with a breeder.


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 Post subject: Re: Where would I find good breeders?
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:12 am 
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It's worth noting that rats travel well too - we had a 4 hour round trip for a couple of our kittens and they slept most of the way back :)
Rats from a good breeder or well handled rescue rats would also be the better option from your daughter's point of view as as pet shop rats are usually not well socialised and can take a long time to 'bring round'.

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