Famine x Arcanus- A Bug’s Life
Dot x Flik – Sleeping Beauty
Princess Atta x Francis – Wall-E
Fauna x Wall-E – Inside Out
Flora x Wall-E – Brave
Mor’du x Wall-E
2 bucks and 2 does from the outcross litter were held back and paired. All 4 littermates were varying levels of Irish. The outcome of one litter was Black, 1 unmarked and the rest Irish and undermarked Irish, 1 Harley and the rest standard coat. The Poor Black Harley buck was the outlier in markings, as he seemed to be Berkshire with headspot. Due to the Harley coat, this may need to be tested out.
The outcome of the second litter was Black, 1 Russian Blue, 1 Blue and 1 Russian Silver, markings included undermarked Irish, Irish and headspot Berkshire. The Russian Blue Harley buck and the 3 Blue variant does were held back for mating. The Russian Silver doe proved to be extremely poor temperament and we elected not to use her. The harley buck was paired to the Russian Blue and Blue does, and the litters yielded a Blue harley, 3 Russian Blues, 3 Russian Silvers and some Black. Markings included headspot berkshire, lightning blaze berkshire, irish and unmarked.
The Blue harley doe and a Russian Silver buck were be sent to Mischief Managed Rattery, 2 Russian Blue does were sent to Imagine Rattery, and we retained a Russian Silver and Russian Blue doe and a Russian Silver buck.
We paired the Russian Silver buck to both does. Unfortunately, neither of these litters came out as planned. Each doe gave birth to 3 babies. Of these 6 babies total, 3 passed away in the first 48 hours, and the remaining 3 passed away between 4 and 8 weeks of age with no apparent reasoning. We paired the sire of the does to them, and this time the Russian Blue doe gave us a litter of 6. Unfortunately, 2 of these babies died over the first 2 weeks. 2 Albinos (one standard, one harley), a black harley and a russian blue standard remained.
The albino boys were sent to Mischief Managed Rattery. We retained the Black Harley buck and RB Standard doe, however the black harley buck passed away with no warning. We were going to be pairing the doe to her sire once she is of age, however he suddenly passed away before we were able to do so. We will be attempting to pair her instead to her uncle, and line is closed to the public until further notice.
The end goal for this line is to make Russian Silver Platinum (Russian Blue + Blue + Chocolate) Harley and Standard Coat. I plan to establish and correct the current Russian Silver shade and genetics aspect in terms of markings, as well as improve and perfect the temperament and harley coat. Once my chocolate line has been established and I am pleased with the temperament, I will then merge the lines and begin the process of attempting to breed Russian Silver Platinum. As this is a triple gene variety (meaning that aside from the base gene of either black or agouti, it has 3 other genes) this may take me a very long time.
The following is a timeline representing all the major events of the line from obtaining the founding rats, up to all future pairings. All future information is purely speculation and estimates, outside factors and unexpected events may change the planned course.
August 2019- Gen 2 Disney buck paired to Gen 2 Pixar doe
13 September 2019- Gen 3 born
January 2020- Gen 3 bucks and does pairing
30 January and 1 February 2020- Gen 4 litters born
May 2020- Gen 4 buck paired to Gen 4 does
10 & 14 June 2020- Gen 5 litters born
Feb 2021- Gen 5 Buck and Does paired- Litters Fail
March 2021- Gen 4 buck paired to Gen 5 does
22 April 2021- Gen 6 litter born