This article is from the WSSF 2008 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
Breeding & Stuff
By Karen Robbins
Mark A. Crumling, e-mail
QI’ve been researching varieties of fancy mice to see if anyone has lines that have very large body sizes. On your web page of mouse varieties, the Satin mouse pictured appears to be enormous, about the size of a small rat. Any information you can share on breeders of large mice would be great.
AMost any purebred English Show mouse will be larger than normal, like the Satin pictured on our web site. These have been selectively bred for over a hundred years by fanciers in England. There are a few people in the United States working on show mice or taking the large English show mice and using to improve their pet shop lines/colors. Of course there are many breeders in England that have the large show mice. There are now many other clubs and breeders of show mice in other countries as well—getting their initial stock from English breeders. Some colors/markings/coat types won’t get as big as others no matter who breeds them so it depends on what you are looking for.