Monday, August 6, 2012

Here is the final installment of this article on, How to Find a Responsible breeder. I hope this article has been helpful and informative for you!

A few other comments about responsible breeders:

1. The breeder you are "interviewing" should be honest with the answers they give. Just because they don't know everything doesn't necessarily mean they are a bad or irresponsible breeder. If they are honest and don't have an answer don't think the worst of them. It might be they never had that experience, or maybe they are working with a new line, in which case, they have reason to not know certain information. For instance they can't say for sure the average longevity of the line. All they could say is what the other breeder told them to expect. If they haven't been working with a line very long then they should not take credit for the other breeder's work.

2. At the end of the day, follow your intuition. If something doesn't sound right, or too good to be true, then that might be the case.

3.While at the breeder's home keep an ear out for chronic wheezing and sneezing coming from one or many rats. If you do hear
this ask the breeder about it. How old are the rats? If they are 2+ - 3+ years old then you don't need to be as concerned, unless it is several rats doing this. Like elderly humans and other elderly animals the immune system weakens and illnesses often occur.

4. They should be willing to take the rats they have bred back if the owners can no longer keep them. At the very least, they should help place them. They should inform you of this before you take your rats home.

5. The breeder should have asked information from you if you are already prepared to get rats and how you will care for your rats before they let them leave their premises. These pups are their babies and they won't them to go to the homes!

Finally, the breeder should be available to you for the life of your rats, and that means 2+ years. They should take time to answer your questions and concerns. Please keep in mind, if this is a responsible breeder, you are going to be entering into a type of partnership or friendship with the breeder for the life of your rats. * So, with this cooperation in mind, you should keep the breeder up-to-date of any health issues your rats develop, so they can adjust their breeding program for the line. *

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