If you are in Michigan, Rat Dippity Rattery breads for both health and temperment. On her web page you can read testimonials from many of her customers. Also whenever you have a problem you can email her and she will get right back to you. Our rat from her is an absolutely loveable, kissie rat. She was very well socialized when we picked her up and very healthy.
No offense cathie but I really don't see this breeder as a lot better. NO pics of her breeding rats, no peds, no links to anything but the breeding page, and her store.
Where are the pairings? Where is the background on the parents? Why is she only learning the genetics of the markings of her rats in the past year when she's been breeding for SEVEN years now?
3 litters bred on Jan. 1/09, 2 born on Feb. 6, one on Feb. 15
2 more bred on Jan 24/09, they were born Feb. 17 and 22nd
That's 5 litters under 3 weeks of age...HOW can any breeder socialize that many babies properly?
She has had TWENTY-FIVE litters born in 2009 alone up to September 2nd....
FOUR back to back litters (babies may have been 4 weeks)..a huge NO-NO in the responsible and ethical breeding world. Most breeders give them months to recover between litters, and usually only breed a female 2-3 times maximum.
You do the math on how old these babies were when mom was put back in to get pregnant again.
02/06 DOB for litter - Bandit
Bandit 2nd litter – put in with male 03/06, gave birth 03/29
02/15 DOB for litter – Hemmi
Hemmie 2nd litter – put in with male 03/13, gave birth on 04/07
02/17 DOB for litter – Shimmer
Shimmer – 03/01 -/03/23
03/1 DOB for litter – Wheatie
Wheatie 2nd litter – put in with male 04/05, gave birth 04/26
And one attempt at a back to back litter
03/31 – Blessing
Update: 05/01/09 I am putting Blessing in for another breeding as I'm having people write me begging me for more Russian blue ratlets.