Ravencharm's Resident Breeders

Here is the information on the lines I am currently working with, while establishing these lines I will likely have a large variety of other types available as well. My rats are first and foremost pets and are important members of my family. I am currently working on establishing some new lines. My main focus for all lines are healthy, friendly animals that make amazing pets.

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Siamese/Burmese

My goal is to create a bloodline of Black-Eyed Russian Blue Point Siamese and Russian Blue Burmese, with dumbo ears and satin coats.

Standard

There is no current standard for Black-Eyed Russian Blue Point Siamese. Based on the descriptions for B.E. Siamese and Russian Blue Point Siamese the following standard is what I will be using:

Black-Eyed Russian Blue Point Siamese: Body color to be ivory with a deep gray cast (the darker the better) gradually and evenly shaded over the saddle and hindquarters towards the belly, being darkest at the base of the tail. The points (nose, ears, feet, tail, and tail-root) to be a dark gray-blue. They should not have a definite or distinct line of demarcation but rather a toning or merging with the remainder of the coat. There should be no white hairs, blotches, streaks, or mealiness of the color. Eyes black.
Russian Blue Burmese: To be a warm, mid-grey with blue tones, devoid of dinginess, silvering, or patches, with distinctly darker points of the same shade. Faint light speckling or a subtle ticked effect (heathering) is usual for this variety and is not a fault. Eyes black or very dark ruby.
Satin: The ideal coat has a unique and distinct appearance with its lustrous sheen. The coat is thinner and longer looking. The hair should be fine to the touch. The coat has a sparkling look on some colors; white on the animals will have a yellow cast. Whiskers on Satin rats are normally kinky/wavy/curled.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.

Progress, Challenges and Health

I am currently working on establishing Russian Blue as much of the rats are standard seal point/Burmese. I have satin carried with some of the rats so working on bringing that out.

My first challenge will be to darken the points and improve shading. The next challenge will be improving conformation and keep removing any white toes.

So far the health of this line is excellent. I did have some girls who appeared to be sterile but it may have been environmental and related to the home we were in. I brought in females from other ratteries just to be safe.

Variegated Down Under

My goal is to create a bloodline of Blue Variegated Down Unders, with dumbo ears, black eyes and Bristle coat.

Standard

Blue: Color is a slate blue, as dark as possible showing no brown patches or silvering. Eye color is dark ruby or black.
Variegated: Variegated rats to be shown in any recognized color and are similar to Hooded rats but instead of a spine marking, will have patches and flecks of color on the back side. The head and shoulders to be solid like those of a Hooded rat with a white spot/star on the forehead which should be centrally placed, round or oval in shape, and no bigger than the rat's eye. The variegation (patches and flecks of color) to evenly cover the rest of the white body from the shoulders to the tail including the sides and tail. Underside (including belly, chest, and throat) to be white, devoid of creamy tinge or staining.
Down Under: Down Under rats may be shown in any recognized color and markings. Belly spots are to be numerous and evenly distributed.
Bristle: Bristle Coated rats to be shown in any recognized color or marking. The coat has a distinct and unique feel consistent with a wire brush--very coarse textured and stiff with a crunchy feel similar to a wire haired terrier. The coat will be lightly curled/waved as very young kittens similar to Rex. It then straightens out as adults to having a stand-off, harsh, rough-looking, messy coat. These are not to be mistaken with a rough Standard coat or poor Rex coat. The whiskers will be straight to curled on the ends (similar to Satins) which is different than the curled Rex whiskers.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.

Progress, Challenges and Health

Currently I have self produced variegated that carry blue and dumbo, with some that show blue and dumbo.

One challenge is getting rats that are dumbo, blue and variegated. Right now I have black (carrying blue), standard ears (carrying dumbo) and other markings still showing frequently so working on breeding those out. I have had good luck so far with the adding the bristle coat and down under markings. Focusing on keeping back blue dumbos and working on improving variegation (right now the spots are very focused on the spine, I'll need to use Berkshires from variegated lines to help develop better distributed spots).

Hairless

My goal is to create a bloodline of beige hairless with dumbo ears.

Standard

Beige: Color is a warm grayish-tan, not too dark. Eye color is dark ruby.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.
Hairless:Hairless rats should have a thin, bright, rather translucent skin, free of scars or pimples, and be as hairless as possible. The skin may be of any color or recognized marking, and wrinkling should not be penalized. The eyes may be of any color, but should be bright and free from any problems. The ears should be very large and wrinkle free. The whiskers may be very short or missing; they are usually curly.

Progress, Challenges and Health

I have obtained foundation hairless from another breeder, though no pedigree was kept they do breed for improved health and temperaments

My first challenge will be to mix the hairless foundation rats with rats from my variegated line to add the good health and temperaments I already work with. Then will cross breed until I have hairless. I also need to add the dumbo ears into the line.

Right now I am very closely monitoring this line and watch for any health issues. Based on my experience with the breeder of the hairless foundation rats and the already well established health of my variegated line I am expecting to see healthy and friendly rats but will be extra diligent in selections.

Cinnamon

My goal is to create a bloodline of self Cinnamon dumbo rats with Harley coats.

Standard

Cinnamon: Color is similar to agouti, except the color is a warm russet brown, with medium slate at the base of the hair. Coat is evenly ticked with chocolate. Belly color to be as agouti, but of a lighter shade. Eye color black.
Self: The entire body is of the same color, but the coat consists of individual hairs banded with two or more colors and evenly interspersed with colored guard hairs.
Harley: Has a sparse, fine, wispy coat with no undercoat.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.

Progress, Challenges and Health

I am just starting to establish this line using some rats the popped up in my other lines and some newly obtained from other ratteries. My first goal will to be produce cinnamon Harley rats, right now the harley and cinnamon are in seperate lines so it will take time to combine them. Then I will need to bring out dumbo ears and breed for self. As with anytime I combine lines I will be closely monitoring health and temprament to ensure all is well.

Mink

My goal is to create a bloodline of Mink Berkshire Dumbos.

Standard

Mink: To be an even mid gray-brown devoid of dinginess, silvering or patches, and having a distinct bluish sheen. Foot color to match top color. Eyes black.
Berkshire: Berkshire rats may be shown in any recognized color. The top color is to be judged as to the recognized color. Distinctive markings are the colored top with a completely white belly and white feet and tail, with a small white spot between the ears. There should be an even line between the top and bottom color. The white markings should be a pure clean white.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.

Progress, Challenges and Health

Right now the majority of my mink are standard eared, carrying dumbo, so my first goal is to bring out the dumbo ears. The markings are mostly berkshire or irish already, just need to improve the overall white coverage.

Spotted Tabby (Marble)

My goal is to create a bloodline of Dumbo Spotted Tabby with rex coats.

Standard

Spotted Tabby: Color is gray with black markings/pattern which consists of a dorsal stripe and spots on the sides and face (most spots run together as adult). Not to be confused with Merle. Other colors possible. The color of the dorsal stripe/spots is the base color, i.e. a Black Spotted Tabby has black stripe/spots and the gene dilutes the body color making a gray background.
Self: Entire body consists of the same color.
Rex: The coat to be evenly dense and not excessively harsh, with as few guard hairs as possible. Coat to be evenly curled and also to a lesser extent on the belly. Curly vibrissae (whiskers) are normal for Rex.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.

Progress, Challenges and Health

I just obtained my Spotted Tabby rats from another rattery so will be working on crossing them with black rex to produce the rex coats. Ears are dumbo already. Will also be working on removing the white so they will be a uniform marble color.

Agouti Burmese (Wheaten Burmese)

My goal is to create a bloodline of Agouti Burmese dumbos.

Standard

Agouti Burmese: Body color to be a warm brown, not too dark or too red, similar to Cinnamon, with a light gray-brown at the base of the hair. Coat is evenly ticked with medium brown guard hairs. Belly color to be light silvery brown. Points to be distinctly darker than body color with shading at the base of the tail. Eyes black.
Self: The entire body is of the same color, but the coat consists of individual hairs banded with two or more colors and evenly interspersed with colored guard hairs.
Dumbo ears: Dumbo rats to be shown in any recognized color, marking, or variety. The distinguishing feature being their low ear set. The ears are large and round, set low on the sides of the head. Head to form an equilateral triangle when viewed from above.

Progress, Challenges and Health

I recently brought in my Agouti Burmese from another rattery. At this time I will be keeping this line seperate from my other Siamese/Burmese. The line is already dumbo and has rex at the moment (not sure if I will be maintaining the rex or not at this time).