The question I get most often. I will do my best to answer it.
What is so confusing are the different names given to this gene and without getting too deep into genetics, the most simple description is this:
Recessive gene (both parents must BE Werewolf or CARRY the Werewolf gene) that causes the rat to continuously molt in mostly symmetrical patterns over the body. It is most noticeable on the face where the coat is most dense. It is often referred to as 'True' Patchwork, This should not be confused with Double Rex Patchwork, which is a dominant gene.
The gene was first described in the 1950's and was referred to as Naked.
The gene was bred on and off by various breeders, but seemed to disappear, and was not seen for many years. It showed back up in feeder lines in 2017/18 and two different breeders purchased animals from the same feeder breeder. The two 'lines' were developed separately, one breeder referring to them as 'Patchwork' and the other as 'Werewolf'.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get animals from DemocRattery and received Demo Wellington and Demo Luperca to start my Werewolf program. The owner of DEMO discovered that at the follicular level, these rat's coats most similarly resembled that of the Lykoi or Werewolf Cat, hence she decided to use the name Werewolf. I also call mine Werewolf out of respect for DEMO, and the work she put into the line before I obtained it. I am also a huge fan of weird cats, I own 3 Sphynx (Hairless) cats, and have been enamored with the Lykoi Cat an example seen here, Atreyukatz Kalan, Black Roan Lykoi:
These are all pictures of DEMO Wellington aka 'Boots' in various stages of molt, as you can see they change drastically. Double Rex Patchwork, do not exhibit the same symmetrical patterns, although they do molt in 'patches'. Boots was a marked rat, with the shape of a Wellington Boot on his back. I have since bred away from markings, and the patterns do not show up well on the white part of the coat.
Here are some pictures of baby werewolves all born on 4/28/20 to two different mothers.
From this stage of roughly two weeks of age, the babies will grow a short wiry coat. By 4 weeks, they will be completely covered, then they start to 'Wolf Out' which is when they start their first moult. It begins with the babies losing the hairs around their eyes, the baldness progresses down each cheek, then the whole face. I love this stage in their deveopment.
At this point they are going home to their new families, and the fun really begins. I love getting photos of everyone's babies and the changes they see almost weekly. These cuties are extremely social and loving, they enjoy being held, carried, and allowed to watch TV with you. They have brought me so much joy, I can't wait to share that joy with you.
#WerewolfRats, #EVORats #EvolutionRattery
Here we are at the beginning of May and our Governor has lifted the "Work or Home" ordinance. Parks are open, outside dining now available at restaurants, and Target, Walmart and Lowes continue to be as packed as ever. EVO however will remain self-isolating, but resuming no-contact pickups. That means:
We currently have a litter of Werewolf babies available. They are IDENTICAL (self black) and impossible to tell apart. especially as they are constantly changing. I have posted an identical thumbnail picture for each available baby. If it does NOT say reserved, and only identifies male/female, then it is available, and then please follow the steps above.
I have a few young adult rats that are available to be paired with the Werewolf Babies. I will show all available males or females during the chat (they like to get out and be social).
Cute picture of Mom for tax.
Hooded Burmese Harley x Burmese - Some standard, some Harley
Silvermane x DU Varigated - Just opening their eyes, ready in 4 weeks
Silvermane x DU Berkshire - Lots of Downunder/Silvermane will be available
Self Black x Self Black - these carry both Werewolf and Marten. This 1st gen outcross won't be available for adoption.
Black Harley x American Blue
Russian Cinnamon x Cinnamon Whiteside - This 1st gen won't be available for adoption
Self Black x Pearl - these carry both Werewolf and Dwarf. I have to wait to see if we got any dwarf in this litter.
Fawn x Fawn - she is about to pop.
Cutting right to the chase, We are now under a Statewide stay at home order, and so as to not encourage anyone to make unnecessary trips out of the house, we have suspended all adoptions at EVO Rattery. BUT, that doesn't mean we don't have projects that we are working on in preparation of a return to normalcy in the not too distant future...hopefully.
Closing adoptions gives us the perfect opportunity to work on the lines that need refinement, such as improved markings in our new masked line, and continuing to always work on temperament. Combining a few of our established lines, such as Harley and Silvermane, Silvermane and Downunder, and Dwarf with Werewolf. Speaking of Werewolf, we are also pairing Werewolf/Marten carriers. We think having glowing red eyes will add to the creep factor of the Werewolves. I'm really excited to see how they turn out.
This is also a great time for us to start a new project line of Whiteside marked rats aka Rats In Pants. This marking shows as a band of white extending from mid-rib on one side of the rat, down under the belly and up to mid-rib on the other side. When the underside of the rat is viewed, they look like they are wearing pants. Pictures courtesy of Atlantis Rattery.
1. Black Werewolf x Black WW Carrier
This might seem a strange back step, but in the world of breeding, pairing back to a carrier from the original outcross will strengthen more desirable traits.
2. Hooded Harley Burmese x Standard Burmese Harley Carrier
Hoping to continue to improve the coat on our original Burmese Harley Line with the plush coats that are carried by the German line.
3. Mink WW x Beige Dwarf
Looking to hopefully get a couple of female WW/Dwarf carriers as we only got 1 from the previous pairing.
4. Russian Cinnamon Whiteside Carrier x Cinnamon Blazed Whiteside
This will be the rattery's first whiteside litter. Lets see what we get.
5. Black Silvermane x Black Varigated Downunder
Combining two lines here, and who doesn't like Downunder markings on all things.
6. Black WW/Dwarf Carrier x Light Phase Pearl WW/Dwarf Carrier
Hoping for Dwarf and Dwarf Werewolf
7. Black x Black WW/Marten Carriers
Hoping for Marten Werewolf...awoooooo
8. Fawn x Fawn
We lost our fawn line back in 2017 during the rat Seoul Hantavirus outbreak. We were tested negative by the CDC, but during the shutdown, many of our rats became too old to breed and lines were lost. Thanks to Ratnarok Rattery, we have Fawn back, and are excited to be working with them.
9. Blazed Marble x Fawn
We also lost our Marbles (pun intented) during the Seoul Shutdown, and again Ratnarok came through and we had one Black Blazed Marble boy from our first pairing. He will be the father of this litter.
10. Swirl x Swirl Carrier
Our Swirl project has really taken a back seat lately, and needs to be brought back up to speed before we lose it.
11. Varigated x Varigated Downunder
Looking to improve the markings on the Downunder line.
12. Recessive Hairless x Recessive Hairless
First litter of our resurrected hairless line that was one of the very first lines bred way back when we started as Rainbow Row Rattery. This is a line that is near and dear to us.
This is a long list, but will be spread out over many months. Its nice to see the plan laid out so we can see the progression of where things are going.
I hope everyone stays safe, treasure this time with your family and/or pets, Hope to see you all very soon.
So I was remiss in updating everyone with a March Blog Post, but better late than never. Seeing as things are getting 'real' out there, I feel it's necessary to address some questions I've received regarding EVO Adoptions/Operations.
As of now, I am continuing my breeding program, albeit on a smaller scale. My plan is to keep my lines going, breeding and selecting for my program, but with far fewer litters than I usually have. I will still have some babies available for adoption, but I will no longer be doing face-to-face pickups.
If you are interested in what I have available now, please fill out an application form if you haven't already, and send me a message via the contact form. Please let me know if you should have an application on file, and I will check.
Russian Blue x Russian Blue Frost - DOB 2/18/2020 - Will not be shown until March 31st
Black Eyed Siamese x Black Eyed Siamese - DOB 2/4/2020 - Ready Now
Blazed Velveteen Marten x Black Marten - DOB 2/2/2020 - Ready Now
Blazed Velveten Marten x Blazed Velveteen Marble Marten - DOB 2/1/2020 - Ready Now
Agouti Velveteen x Black Velveteen - DOB 1/26/2020 - Ready Now
Black Werewolf x Black Werewolf
Black Werewolf x Black Carrier
Masked x Masked
Dwarf x Dwarf
Please stay safe during this stressful time.
Video Chat with your family and friends to stay connected.
Love on your pets.
Good February to you all! As you might have seen, the newest litters of babies have been posted along with the Young Adults that are looking for a home. The first litter of out-crossed Werewolf to Werewolf babies are on the ground and they are improving every generation. I love working with this gene and seeing their structure and temperament getting better and better.
We have exciting new Werewolf projects in process with DWARF Werewolf (cute), and Marten Werewolf (creepy) carriers on the ground. I can't wait to have a Werewolf to suit everyone's taste.
Here is the current litter's Mom, EVO Freki.
I'm amazed at how good her condition is (pudgy) while she is still nursing her babies plus 3 from another momma.
Her available baby boys.
We have some gorgeous double velveteen babies if you like curly coats, an amazing litter of wedge blazed babies, a litter of Black Martens, and one of Black Eyed Siamese. The velveteens are posted, the other litters won't be ready for at least 5 weeks. We are still waiting on a litter of Frost and a litter of Roan. We have been busy bees.
Current Litters on the ground:
Harley - Young adults available now
Masked - Young adults available now
Werewolf x Marten - babies available for reservation
Werewolf x Werewolf - babies available for reservation
Agouti Velveteen x Black Velveteen - babies available for reservation
Hairless Carrier x Hairless Carrier - 4 hairless babies which will stay at EVO to restart my recessive Hairless Line.
Werewolf x Dwarf - 3 babies which will all stay at EVO to start a Dwarf Werewolf line.
Marten x Marten - release date TBD
BE Siamese x Be Siamese - release date TBD
Frost x Russian Blue
Roan x Roan
Belated Happy New Year EVO followers.
The New Year saw a few new lines introduced to EVO with much thanks to Ratnarok Rattery for the gorgeous foundation stock. Ratnarok was loctated in Aiken SC, but has now moved back to FL - I will miss having such a great breeder so close. After many years of trying unsuccessfully to resurrect my Fawn line, I jumped on the opportunity to take in 3 gorgeous Fawn rats from Ratnarok to start over. I was also asked if I wanted to take over Sarah's Masked line as she had decided to go in a different direction with her breeding program. Of course I said YES! I have been interested in having a masked line here at EVO for quite some time and little SuperHero Rats just appeal to me. There are still a couple of babies from these first pairings available here.
Sarah also blessed me with DownUnder and Silvermane Does. I lost my first DownUnder line that got from Atlantis Rattery during a shutdown back in 2017, so I am thrilled to have babies on the ground from this Doe to start working with this year. DownUnder are not particularly special at first glance, they look like normally marked rats...until you check out their bellies! The markings you see on their backs are replicated on their underside. I just love seeing the gorgeous spotty bellies of variegated DU. A similar situation happened with my Silvermane/Hairless line, when I got sidetracked with other projects and let my oldest line unfortunately fizzle out. I have one Hairless Doe from my original line left, I do not know if she is SM or not, but I think its too lake to try breeding her. Enter a stunning Black SM Doe and Mink SM Buck from Ratnarok who are currently in breeding along with a Black Harley Doe. The babies from these pairings will be held back for evaluation. 2nd Generation will hopefully be made available for adoption, I can't wait for Silvermane Harley- GORGEOUS!
Since my Hairless Doe is getting up in age, the last new additions from Ratnarok are a trio of the softest, sweetest hairless babies I have EVER had. I want to just let them snuggle in my neck all day. I am TOO excited to start working with them and seeing the adorable babies they will produce.
Speaking of Hairless, my Werewolf line is continuing to improve since outcrossing. Now on Gen3, I am seeing wonderful temperament improvement, nice big, clear eyes, and conformation more in line with rat standards. A litter of Gen3 babies in on the ground, all boys *eyeroll*, both black and mink in color.
Current Litters on the ground:
Harley - available now
Masked - available now
Fawn - available now
Werewolf x Marten - pending release date
Werewolf x Werewolf - pending release date
Agouti Velveteen x Black Velveteen
Hairless Carrier x Hairless Carrier (Old Line)
Marten x Marten
BE Siamese x Be Siamese
Roan x Roan
Werewolf x Dwarf
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Evolution Rattery!
We have quite a few babies that will be ready for new homes this coming weekend, and more that will be available in the New Year. Please make sure to have an approved application on file and use the contact form to let me know which babies you would like to reserve.
We have you have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON.
I have two of these travel cages available for sale at the rattery (no shipping). I do not recommend these for permanent housing, but they would be extremely useful for vacations/trips. The stock picture is what these look like, although they each come with a deep litter pan that fits inside and in extremely good condition. They are 24" x 16" x 24" and are $30 each.
I finally have all pictures up of available rats after several hours of hiney numbing photo sessions. If only you knew how many photos it takes to get one good one of a squirmy rat!
There's lots to choose from, please make sure to reference the Litter Letter and the playing cards of the rats you wish to reserve. Make sure you have an approved application on file. I will send you an invoice of which 50% is due within 48hrs or your reserves will be released and made available to other adopters. Once your deposit, rats will be held for no more than 2 weeks, or until they turn 6 weeks old (ready date) if they are not yet old enough to leave the rattery.
Check out available babies, young adults and retirees.
We have several young adult rats available for adoption including Werewolf and Dwarf. I will be uploading photos before then end of the week. There are some babies that are ready to go, and can be adopted at the same time.
These young adults are holdbacks that were being evaluated to be part of our breeding program. There is nothing wrong with these rats, we have just decided to go in a different direction, or perhaps had the choice between two brothers and the one that developed more closely in line of our goals was selected. Young Adults are around six months old.
Retirees are made available for adoption at a reduced price to new adopters. We are indebted to those of you who graciously offer pet homes to our retired breeders so that they can experience the joy of all the attention and being spoiled.
If you are looking to add to your furfamily, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Owner/Operator of EVO, all around animal lover and essential oil junkie.