Introduction to the Breeding Guide

Welcome to the Breeding Guide section of the Rat Guide.

We hope you will find the information that we have provided useful whether you are considering breeding, have acquired an expectant female, have had an accidental litter, have rescued orphans, or are already a breeder.

The Breeding Guide section will cover many different topics such as mating rats, pregnancy, labor, health problems, placing babies, basic genetic issues, breeding goals, pup development, weaning, and dealing with orphaned rats, to name a few.

Although the Breeding Guide section of the Rat Guide is geared towards the occasional breeder and hobby breeder, much of the information within can be useful in other breeding aspects.

If you are considering breeding we hope that you will take the time to research before you begin. Selective and careful breeding to improve health, longevity, and temperament will help to cut down on the overpopulation and chronic health issues that we see so often in the pet population. Choosing to breed rats means that you are choosing to accept responsibility.

In the event your rat(s) have a medical emergency please contact your veterinarian.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or wish to submit a case history please contact the Rat Guide administrators.

We welcome case submissions to the Breeding Guide section of the Rat Guide. Submissions and/or photos that are used will be credited on the contributor page. Any case submissions used will become the property of the Rat Guide and Karen Grant, RN.

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