Getting a Pouched Rat

The Journey to Pouched Rat Ownership – Q&A

So you’re interested in getting a Pouched Rat? There are very few breeders in the UK and even fewer who breed purely for health and temperament vs money and profit.

We get a lot of questions and here we will try and answer some of the more common ones.

Q: Does the NPRS breed pouched rats?
A: Although the NPRS is purely a society, we do have members who breed with us and we try and help and support each other through the process as best we can.

Q: Who do I contact to get a Pouched Rat?
A: Some breeders may be open to direct approaches but in most cases, we are a community driven society. As such getting to know the community on our facebook group and who breeds is the best way.

Q: Do breeders have waiting lists?
A: Some breeders will and others will purely match the potential owners with their current babies.

Q: Will I be able to get a Pouched Rat?
A: Every breeder will have different requirements and standards. We recommend reading our article on ‘thinking of getting a pouched rat’ to get an idea around the requirements a breeders may be looking for in an owner.

Q: How long may the process take?
A: Realistically, it could take up to a year from your decision that you want a Pouched Rat to bringing a baby home. Breeders may have only a handful of litters in a year and litters consist of between 1 and 5 babies. Litters will only be planned when breeders have owners in mind already and it takes time for breeders to get to know potential owners.

Q: Your articles say Pouched Rats may not be suitable for me because of reason X or reason Y. Does this mean I can’t have one?
A: Not always, every requirement is about matching animals to owners but in some cases, yes. It may prevent a breeder homing an animal to you.

Q: A breeders requirements seem really strict, why is this?
A: You must remember that these animals are babies, born from loving animals that the breeders view as family. They want their babies to go to good homes who will be cared for and loved like their owner animals are. Demand outstretches supply and so breeders are within their right to be picky. They are also quite unpredictable and challenging to handle and we want to keep expectations realistic.

Q: I’ve been told ‘no’ by a breeder but i think they are wrong! Can you help?
A: Yes, we have a committee which is made up of owners, breeder and trustees who can mediate these situations and offer help to both parties. As with breeders our committee care purely about the best homes for animals. Breeders may or may not consult the committee to help with these decisions.

Q: What can I expect to pay?
A: Expect any ethical breeder to not overcharge! £250 is a reasonable amount for a breeder to charge for a single baby. Ff re-homing an adult, it’s negotiable as generally we like to see re-homing animals move to good owners without money changing hands but this isn’t always feasible. Cost has to be at the discretion of the breeder and the choice of the potential owner.