Li'lSpaz is NOT the person to ask about breeding.
She is against breeding and very pro-rescue.
But I would like to qualify that statement. I am not against proper breeding and actually have a lot of really responsible and ethical breeders as friends. They are the type who have researched before they started breeding, started with stock that had a very minimum of 3 generations known, and I mean, known through NARR, through all the rats health, temperament, illnesses, causes of death, etc.
Hoodies are not a thing most breeders are trying for, but I do have a couple of breeder friends working together to bring back a "good" hoodie line along with exceptional conformation, temperament and health.
Someone needs to work on the future of our rats, where the rescuers pick up the deitrus of "other" breeder's efforts. Sadly in Ontario no one is doing this, and we have people "rescuing" rats from the feeder bin then breeding them, not having a CLUE that they are creating genetic timebombs (and adopter's possible heartbreak) and putting them into a market that is already completely glutted with homeless, neglected, and unwanted rats. Ratatouille the movie did not help one bit
As for my boys, 3 are staying for sure (no homes), 3 are leaving on October 4th to go to a friend who runs a rescue as her personal rats, and 2 might be going to another friend. The 5 remaining boys (my 3 and possible 2 to be adopted) will be neutered and Lilith might be reintroduced IF she wants that.