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These rats, as you see here, pet rats or fancy rats, are domestically bred
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Markings have a strict standard, with detailed terminology, for showing in fancy rat . However, many domestic rats are not closely bred to any color standard; many of those found in pet shops will have from a formal breeding perspective, which are defined as variations in markings that are not recognized as conforming to a published by a rat fancier organisation.

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Something that people often get confused about pet rats is the way use certain types certain nomenclature to describe the types of rats. We are very used to using the term breeds for rats cause we think about breeds let's say dogs were you may have a poodle or a German Sheppard or a chihuahua, but we don't use the term breed to describe rats. The majority of rats that we see are classified by their variety and depending on which organization or which system of classification you use, most of the time they're classified by one of six varieties of rats. All of our domestic fancy pet rats generally originate from ancestor rats, the so-called brown Norway rat, so they're all generally part of a single ancestry, there aren't different breeds or species of rats, there are different varieties.

Some of the varieties that rats come in do include hairless rats, the ones that have no fur on their bodies. Some of the other varieties, one of them does include the dumbo rat like you see here, named so for their wide large set ears, the dumbo variety. There's also a standard variety of rats that are just a pretty typical looking, regular coat, no additional or unique features. Some rats also come in a rex variety these are the types that have curly whiskers they have a more velvety type coat. They can be classified generally by their variety but within their varieties they're also classified by their coat colors. The association of fancy rats, or the American Association of Fancy Rats and Mice does classify among these six varieties about 38 different color varieties as well, and these might be everything from a solid coat color to a patchy coat, to hooded type varieties, to those that just have specific color pattern and specific parts of the body, but 38 different color varieties that exist six different varieties of rats that they're classified in to properly we don't use the term describe them, we use the varieties that they exist from. The majority people that choose to own a rat this information may not be as significant, but there are also people who when it comes to showing rats that get more specific in to the different color patterns. Breeder of fancy pet rats, dogs, and other exotic animals. We happily take inrats and most other species of animals in need of new forever homes.
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Fancy rats are inexpensive to purchase and maintain. Anyone who has had the pleasure of owning or handling a fancy rat will tell you, they just may be the perfect pet companion for almost everyone. Even better than a dog and much better than a cat, and don't even entertain the notion of getting a gerbil, hamster, guinea pig, or rabbit over getting a fancy rat. Why you ask? Let me explain. I've owned every one of the animals I've mentioned above and I'll give you the reasons why I now declare, that in my eyes a fancy rat is the best pet I've ever had.Though I've never owned a ferret I've heard from others, that they can be very mischievous, getting into things they shouldn't be, and it seems like the people I've known who have had ferrets end up reselling them to someone else because they are quite a handful to keep in line, so it is my guess that fancy rats are even better pets and companions than a ferret would be.Fancy rats are better than dogs because, you don't have to walk them. They can be kept in small areas or places where having a pet wouldn't normally be allowed. They don't bark or have separation anxiety. Some people say a rat's chewing can be very destructive. It would take a whole slew of fancy rats years to accomplish what my dogs have managed to do in a manner of minutes, to my furniture and rugs, and moldings of my doors, when left alone. I've had more damage to my personal property in one hour from my dog, than a fancy rat could do in its entire lifetime. And the pee and poop that dogs can do on your carpet can soil a large area in one minute, what the poop or pee of a fancy rat could contribute in all of its life. And the barking dogs make, can drive a person to distraction. They bark at everything and can be so hyper and demanding of your time and attention.The Brown or Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus, is the species which was domesticated into what we recognize as Fancy or pet rats. This animal began steadily colonizing Europe, and particularly England, in the early 18th century. Upon its arrival the Brown rat was quick to drive out the indigenous Black rats. Because it was larger and more adaptable, the Brown rat was able to thrive in environments that were not suitable for the Black rats. Thus England was somewhat overrun with rats.