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    Dwarf Rats

    Anyone own them? I've had rats in the past, but I've always wanted dwarfs. I'm planning a trip out to CA in March and I'm considering getting some while I'm out there, since there are no breeders near me.
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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    I have never owned the Dwarf rats but I have owned several regular sized ones. It takes a special person to love rats. I would research this topic online to see the major differences.

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    I had two when I was about 14, they were awesome They would sit on my shoulders when I was walking around the house.


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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    Quote Originally Posted by RubyLove View Post
    I had two when I was about 14, they were awesome They would sit on my shoulders when I was walking around the house.
    My standards used to do this. I had an apron I wore while doing chores and they'd hang out in the pockets too. Hoodies were always another fun hiding spot.

    Where'd you get your dwarfs?
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    A local pet store, it was when I was living in England. They lived in a big glass fish tank, with a lid we made from wood and chicken wire. They were very sweet, I was never bitten. One died at two years from cancer while I was sat in the vets waiting room... I was heartbroken. The other lived about a year longer.


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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    I think they're fabulously cute. l believe they tend to have a bit longer lifespan than other rats as well.

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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    I've never heard about dwarf rats..
    Till my 15th I had pet rats (the domesticated brown rat) and I loved them! That were great pets.

    But what is a dwarf rat? You've made me curious

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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    They're basically smaller rats. Same temperament, etc.

    I liked my rats, but I prefer smaller ones. I always wanted mice, but I hate their temperament. Dwarf rats seem perfect for what I want. I had 9 rats and loved them.

    The dwarf should be 1/3 the size of a regular rat
    http://www.ratspacnw.org/varieties.htm

    Dwarf Rats - Miniatures:
    The rat shall conform to color, marking, temperament and condition standards as for regular rats. May have curious and busy personalities.
    Body size should be 1/3 size of standard rats. Feet are smaller in proportion to body. Tails are short in proportion to body size. Legs are short. Eyes should be large. The facial features of males may be more feminine and this should not be faulted.

    Faults: Small standard rat that is not genetically a dwarf rat.

    Dwarf Rats - Stockys
    The rat shall conform to color, marking, temperament and condition standards as for regular rats. May have curious and busy personalities.
    Body size should be 1/3 size of standard rats. Feet are smaller in proportion to body. Tails are short in proportion to body size. The facial features of males and females are shortened and wider than miniature dwarf rats. Eyes are very large and out of size proportion. Legs are short. Kittens may have thin tails.

    Faults: Small standard rat that is not genetically a dwarf rat.
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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    I've only learned about them recently (I saw them on this breeder's site)... they're really cute! I can see them becoming really popular... apparently they're a pretty new type.

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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    Dwarf rat... um wouldn't that be called a mouse???

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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Shrink View Post
    Dwarf rat... um wouldn't that be called a mouse???
    No... It's a rat.
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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    Wouldn't they look like a mouse?

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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen D View Post
    Wouldn't they look like a mouse?
    No, and it's not just about looks. Rats and mice have much different temperaments.

    :-P

    I've had both, and prefer rats. If it's just down to looks, I want dumbo ears, and mice only have one earset.
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    Yeah, they're totally different in personality. Mice are kind of a "look but don't touch" sort of pet----they're generally too wiggly and nervous to be handled much (although some people are good at taming them). Rats are kind of like little dogs. Very cuddly and attention seeking. I've had both and I prefer rats.
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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    I LOVE RATS! Together my husband and I have owned almost 30 rats over time. They are the most endearing little creatures. We decided not to own any more until we buy a house and aren't moving all over the country though.

    We currently have one free ranging rat. They generally do best in pairs since they are a social animal, but since he is with us and the other pets all the time I think it's fine.

    I have only met a few dwarf rats. They seem like they have the same sweet, dog-like personality as the standard sized rats. I really think they're adorable. Almost like they never grow up.

    I'd be afraid of losing them though, since we don't have our rats in cages after a certain age. They are so easy to litter train that there is no reason not to.

    Anyway... do you think that you are going to get a pair of these guys?

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    Re: Dwarf Rats

    The breeder I got my two baby rats from recently also breeds dwarfs. She didn't have a litter at the time, though.

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