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Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:46 pm
by Actic Jack
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.

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:33 am
by RedFraggle
Welcome to the world of ratties!
Check out the North of England Rat Society breeders list
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
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.

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:36 am
by RedFraggle
There's also the Yorkshire rat club

Their breeder list is here: ... t_2013.doc

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:24 pm
by Actic Jack
Thank you! I'll take her along to that and see if we can make contact with a breeder.

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:12 am
by ElizabethW
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'.

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:21 pm
by Wayfarer
Would also like to put a shout out for a good breeders.

Having spent many months discussing what should be our first family pet (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamster etc) we are looking to get a couple of dumbo rats (7 year old daughter has heart set on a grey one abd black/white one).

Having read a number posts, we're looking for a breeder in the Surrey area. Have checked out the NFRS breeders list and following up on a few potentiial leafs put would love to hear from any forum members that have any recommendations.

Thank you for you time, and I look firward to posting an update.

PS: not that I'm under any pressure but she has already chosen the names (Coffee and Cake) and made her first ''run' which includes a large tube and steps up to named food bowls.

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:05 am
by cyber ratty
In Surrey I would recommend Valiance - Alison does have russian blue (grey), but I'm not sure whether she breeds marked any more.

Bear in mind that you may still need to wait a while once you find a breeder, and if you are too specific on colours then it will be harder to find a breeder with them, and the wait may be longer still.

I would recommend popping along to a show so your daughter can see how many other gorgeous varieties there are, and hopefully be more open to whatever rats the right breeder has available soonest. :luck:

Re: Where would I find good breeders?

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:42 am
by [cub]
I would also recommend considering Zephyr (i.e. cyber ratty) ;) She's up in Cambridgeshire but there's a direct train from Kings Cross, so as long as you can get into Kings Cross relatively easily I'd say it's not too far to go for good rats. I've made the journey myself a few times from Croydon and even my directionally-challenged self was fine. I believe her waiting list at the moment is quite long though, but that's true of most good breeders.

If your daughter really can't wait, then would you consider rescues? Rescue rats tend to be more readily available than breeder rats, and you're much more likely to find marked varieties in rescue.