Hi! Welcome to Romeo's Rat Pack!
You found your way to my website so I assume you're thinking about adopting a pair of pet rats. There are rat breeders all around the world. For good reason, domesticated rats make wonderful pets.
I consider RRP (Romeo's Rat Pack) a small rattery. I've been breeding domestic rats since April 2015, though I've been a rat owner for 20+ years. I can't imagine ever not having rats.
RRP is located in Des Moines, Iowa. Unfortunately I'm unable to ship or transport my rats though I have had adopters travel to Des Moines from Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois just to adopt from me. I also have rats in Las Vegas, Nevada, Indiana and Oklahoma.
I'm a hands on breeder.
My babies experience their first human touch when they are just hours old. I examine each baby, looking for a full belly of milk, overall health, injuries that may have occurred during birth and of course how many are boys and how many are girls. I want each and every baby to have the best chance possible to thrive.
I continue handling babies throughout the time they are with me. By the time they're ready to join your family, RRP rats are shoulder trained, easy to handle and are very people oriented.
MY RATS HOUSING
All my rats are treated as pets. Their large cages are kept in my living room where they get plenty of attention and are exposed to daily activities, noises, visitors and seeing other pets.
MY BREEDING GOALS
Of course physical health and temperament are a top priority, but I also believe my rat's mental health is equally as important.
Because of this I've modified how my babies are raised and my adoption process; and I'm happy to say, I've had amazing results! Greatly reducing the stress on rats and new rat owners during the transition of going from my home to yours.
COLORS, MARKINGS & FUR TYPES
Colors, markings and fur types are last on my priority list. Only because overall health must always come first.
Even though this is lower on the list, I do set goals with each litter born here at RRP. I'm always working towards maintaining or improving the purity of colors and various fur types.
Currently I am putting less emphasis on markings only because my focus at this time is on creating a larger variety of colors and improving the Rex and Velveteen fur appearance (thicker and curlier fur). Once this is accomplished I can then work towards a larger variety of markings.