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Camarattery - Colorado Rat Breeder

Website Updated 6.22.2017

Pedigree & Health History

I post pedigrees of the babies on their litter pages. Also at the top of the page I link you to their parents litter pages as well, however, If I don't have links up for some of the rats several generations in the past it's because they were born a long time ago and I had a different website then. And that website has been deleted and their litter page has been too. So I didn't make new ones when I moved everything over to this website. I didn't have the desire to re type out 500 + pages.  But I still have all of the pedigrees and litter photos to every liter I've bred. I can provide that to you if you want it. Also a lot of people like this too, if you need genetic info or health info or date of deaths on any rat in my pedigree, you are always welcome to contact me for that info. I am more then happy to provide that. I keep very detailed reccords on all of that information. Breeders I've adopted to are always contacting me for updates on that for their reccords. And I love to be able to provide that information. I spend a great deal of time breeding healthy rats, and keeping excellent reccords, and I am happy to hear when other people are interested in all of the data I have. After all I didn't do all this work for nothing!

- Ethics - Health & Temperament Come First

I don't breed for pretty colors or patterns. I breed for super long life spans and the sweetest temperaments you can immagine. It's imperative that my rats are as free of health issues as possible. That means if there is a health issue I stop breeding from that rat and its descendants. Most health issues are genetic. So I've worked for many generations to breed that out to the best of my ability. Once I have accomplished all that with a line, then I add the color I want. The color is the last result of my breedings. Having said that, my rats are very beautiful as a result of many generations of my breedings.

 

Breeding Ethics

I do not over breed my rats. My Does get bred just one time in most cases. Maybe 2 if she's exceptional. But not back to back breedings. Typically I breed my Does at 6 months old. I try not to past 9 months. But I have done it as late as 11 months for a 1st litter. My boys normally also only get bred once. But because of the fact that they have zero responsibility, I may breed them 2-3 times.

 

Weaning the Babies

I have been asked "how old do you wean your babies?" And the answer is simple. I don't wean my babies. I don't think it's my job to pull nursing babies away from their mothers. I let the moms wean their own babies. On their own schedule. My moms always dry up and stop nursing at 4 weeks old. So I keep the babies with her through all of that. And I let the boys stay with mom for an additional week. Once the boys are 5 weeks they are sexually mature, so I move them into a big nursery cage with the other boys I am raising. This way they get a sense of community and learn the values of living in a community. The baby girls get moved to a big nursery cage at 5 weeks also where they stay with their mom and are added into the cage with one or 2 other moms who are also raising their daughters. And they stay with mom until they go to their forever homes.

I do things very slowly because I feel it's so important that rats grow up in a loving environment, and get raised on mother's milk for as long as mom feels the need. She is the most qualified at weaning her babies.

 

Line Breeding and Inbreeding

There are 3 types of breeding.

1) Inbreeding, which is is breeding either brother to sister, mother to son or father to daughter.

2) Line breeding, which is breeding relatives that are more distantly related. Like cousins or aunts. That sort of thing. I prefer this type of breeding.

3) Outcrossing, which is is bringing in new blood. I don't do it often because that blood is untested and unknown. It scares me. I can't predict it. Always throwing in new blood is totally unpredictable and through experience I do not see much benefit in it. You breed in too many tumors and temperament issues this way.

I line breed for the most part to lock in great health, temperament, type and longevity. I may inbreed every now and again to test a line or lock in the best traits.

 

Do I Cull Litters?

Some breeders cull their litters because they feel their inferior or smaller babies should be culled so the stronger fair better, or they may have other reasons.

While I respect other breeders reasoning, I do not cull my litters, I never have. I raise all of my babies to maturity and post them for adoption. I feel all of my babies are of high quality and can be loved just the same.

Adoption Ethics

Not all adoptions are approved. There are many times where I deny adoptions to applicants. It does not  make me a bad person or breeder. I would be a bad breeder if I let my babies go to anyone who asked. I have come across people who think they will automatically get babies from me because they applied for babies, but that simply cannot be the case. I am not a pet shop and I cannot and will not offer a pet shop experience.

I have more than enough adopters to choose from, and I do not breed for money. I do not need to consider losing out on a "sale" so to speak. I am not even a store or a business in the 1st place. I am a hobby breeder. And picking the right pet parents is a huge part of my hobby. So this allows me to hand pick the parents of all my babies.

I do not post litters on Craigs List. Posing litters is against CR rules. As no animal litters or adoptions are allowed to be posted there. CL has always been viewed as a backyard breeder way to post litters since its against their rules, and its free. Breeders are not putting forth much effort if posting there, it reflects their effortless way of breeding. And shows they are trying to get around the rules. A true professional will have a website, and put a great deal of time and professionalism in advertising. At least use FB. CL has been widely viewed by serious rat breeders as a place to sell something quick, and for adopters to buy something quick. Quick and probably cheap. On CL you cannot research the "breeder" you're dealing with and you most certainly cannot research the health of their lines.
 
CR isn't an admirable way to advertise. It reminds people of selling something quick. That isn't the look I am trying to project.

What I Breed For

Health

Camarattery rats are known around the world for their great health. And almost tumor free reputation

Longevity

Camarattery rats are known to live an average of 4 years.

Temperament

My rats have the sweetest temperaments! They love people & have fun playing with you.