Okay, I hear they make great little pets. I have had hamsters and a ferret before. I understand they are much smarter than a hamster. Can they learn tricks? Well anyway, I found a hobby (I think) rat breeder. I have emailed her and she has 13 babies. I told her I was interested in two females. I didn't care about looks, only temperment. She wrote me back and said "great" because she breeds for temperment. I think they are only one week old now. She said they have been handled from day one, and both parents are real "sweeties". I really know the smart way to look for a puppy, but with a rat I am clueless. What should I look for, and what questions should I ask? She said all are Berkshire, and therefore not much of a color selection. But since that is not my first priority any color would be fine with me. Any first hand information would be greatly appreciated. Even stories etc. Feeding reccomendations, care, general stuff. Type of cage, toys, housing etc. would be helpful. Here is a picture of the babies. Please do not copy as this is not my picture. Keep in mind, the breeder is about 1.5 hours away from me. I probably will meet her somewhere if I decide to buy two. So I will not get to see living conditions etc. For some reason I have a good feeling about this person. But I need some guidance. She is selling them at 7.00 a piece but includes some food, care guide, toy, and I think something else. Anyone with any info????? Thanks, Julie.