TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword………………………………………………………………. 1
Acknowledgements………………………………………………… 5
Table of Contents…………………………………………………… 7
Chapter 1 – Rats, Mice, and Dormice……………………. 13
What are Rats?…………………………………………………….. 14
Roof Rats…………………………………………………………….. 14
Norway…………………………………………………………………. 14
Domesticated Rats……………………………………………….. 15
What are Mice?…………………………………………………….. 17
Common House Mouse…………………………………………. 17
Feeder Mice…………………………………………………………. 18
Fancy Mice…………………………………………………………… 18
Laboratory Mice…………………………………………………….. 19
Wild Mice………………………………………………………………19
What Are Dormice?……………………………………………… 19
History of the Rodent Fancy…………………………………… 20
Rats, Mice, and Dormice as Pets…………………………… 23
Discussing Life Span……………………………………………. 25
Allergies………………………………………………………………. 26
With Children……………………………………………………….. 26
With Other Pets…………………………………………………… 27
Pros and Cons of Rodents as Pets………………………… 28
Chapter 2 – The World of the Rodent Fancy……….. 31
Body Types…………………………………………………………. 32
Coat Varieties………………………………………………………. 32
Coats Common to Rats and Mice………………………….. 33
Specific Mice Coats……………………………………………… 34
Specific Rat Coats……………………………………………….. 35
Recognized Mouse Colors……………………………………. 36
Recognized Mouse Color Patterns………………………… 39
Recognized Mouse Markings………………………………… 41
Recognized Rat Colors………………………………………… 43
Provisional Colors……………………………………………….. 45
Recognized Rat Markings…………………………………….. 46
Standardized Rat Color Patterns…………………………… 50
New Varieties – January 2014………………………………… 52
Chapter 3 – Buying Rats, Mice, and Dormice……… 55
Sources for Rats and Mice…………………………………… 55
Picking a Healthy Rat…………………………………………… 56
Picking a Healthy Mouse………………………………………. 57
Picking a Healthy Dormouse………………………………… 58
Recommended Purchase Age……………………………… 58
One or Two?………………………………………………………. 58
Determining Gender……………………………………………. 59
Bringing Your New Pets Home……………………………… 60
Chapter 4 – Daily Care………………………………………. 63
Mice: Selecting a Habitat……………………………………… 63
An Aquarium with a “Topper”………………………………… 63
Wire Cages……………………………………………………….. 64
Habitrails……………………………………………………………. 64
Travel Carrier……………………………………………………… 65
Rats: Extra Habitat Considerations……………………….. 66
Dormice: Extra Habitat Considerations………………….. 68
Considering Custom Cages…………………………………. 70
Observations on Cage Placement………………………… 70
Temperature Considerations………………………………… 71
Choosing a Substrate and Bedding……………………….. 72
Nest Boxes………………………………………………………… 73
Cage Maintenance………………………………………………. 74
The Matter of Escapes………………………………………… 75
Diet and Nutrition………………………………………………… 77
Feeding Your Mouse…………………………………………… 77
Feeding Your Rat……………………………………………….. 80
Feeding Your Dormouse……………………………………… 81
Hydration…………………………………………………………… 82
Toys and Intellectual Stimulation…………………………… 82
Bathing……………………………………………………………… 83
Training Your Pets………………………………………………. 84
Chapter 5 – Health and Breeding……………………… 87
Observe Your Pets Carefully……………………………….. 88
Understanding Prophyrin…………………………………….. 89
Common Illnesses and Health Problems………………. 89
Respiratory Infections…………………………………………. 90
Growths, Lumps, and Tumors……………………………… 91
Excessive Scratching…………………………………………. 92
Diarrhea……………………………………………………………. 93
Bumblefoot………………………………………………………… 93
Ringworm………………………………………………………….. 94
Swelling of the Abdomen……………………………………… 94
Old Age……………………………………………………………… 94
Zoonotic Diseases………………………………………………. 95
Spaying and Neutering………………………………………… 96
Breeding Companion Rodents……………………………… 96
Fertility in Females……………………………………………… 97
Should You Breed Rats, Mice, and Dormice?………… 98
Chapter 6 – An Overview of Rodent Shows………. 99
Rodent Show Basics………………………………………….. 99
American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association…………. 99
Recognized AFRMA……………………………………………. 100
Overall Characteristics of Show Mice……………………. 102
Recognized AFRMA……………………………………………. 102
Overall Characteristics of Show Rats……………………. 103
The National Mouse Club……………………………………… 104
The National Fancy Rat Society…………………………….. 104
Chapter 7 – Frequently Asked Questions…………… 107
Chapter 8 – Breeder Directories……………………….. 115
Rat Breeders – U.S……………………………………………… 115
Rat Breeders – UK……………………………………………….. 119
South East England……………………………………………… 119
South West England……………………………………………. 124
East of England…………………………………………………… 126
Midlands…………………………………………………………….. 129
North of England…………………………………………………. 133
Scotland…………………………………………………………….. 138
Ireland………………………………………………………………… 139
Mainland Europe………………………………………………….. 139
Mouse Breeders – U.S…………………………………………. 141
Mouse Breeders – UK………………………………………….. 143
Dormice Breeders……………………………………………….. 143
Afterword…………………………………………………………….. 145
Relevant Websites……………………………………………….. 147
Glossary……………………………………………………………… 149
Index…………………………………………………………………… 153

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