Fancy Mice are playful, social, and intelligent animals and are like a little pocket pets. They are great with children. Very calm, if handled regularly but they like to be kept in pairs. If you’re looking for an unusual pet with lots to offer, a pet mouse might be right for you.
Size: The term 'fancy mouse' is used to describe mice that have been selectively bred for exhibition. They can vary greatly in size, from small pet mice that are approximately 15–17.5 cm (6–7 in) long from nose to the tip of the tail, to show mice that measure 30 cm (12 in) nose to tail.
Temperament & Personality: Mice are naturally shy and cautious. Being gentlewith your pet and socialization, your pet mouse can become very tame, friendly and even quite affectionate. Mice are one of the most intelligent rodents and with just a little work can be taught to do tricks and follow basic commands. Mice are clever and are master escape artists; they require a very secure cage.
Activity Requirements: Your pet mouse should be offered hard chew toys to help wear down their teeth. It is also important that your mouse's home includes ramps, climbing platforms, ladders, or exercise wheels. Mice are very active animals who require physical activity.
Cage/Housing Requirements: Mice require a cage or aquarium to live in. There are both plastic and wire mouse cages. Plastic mouse cages tend to be quieter as there are no bars for the mouse to chew on and many have tubes and other accessories that can be added to the cage. However, plastic mouse cages are not as safe and secure as wire cages or aquariums and are not a good choice for homes with cats. The bottom of the mouse cage should be covered in about three inches of wood shavings or some type of small animal litter. The cage should also include a water bottle or dish, food dish, and possibly a mouse house or something similar. Mice like to chew, so some wood chew toys is always appreciated.
Diet: Herbivores enjoy a diet of fruits, vegetables and grains. Mice are best fed a good high quality mouse food of pellets and seeds, with some fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
Colors: Albino, sliver, black, tan, cream, coffee, gold, and orange. They also come in many patterns such as tri coloured, solid color, spotted, ticked, Dutch, and Variegated. Their coat length varies from hairless to short to long or frizzy, depending on the mouse.
History: By the 1700s, many varieties of mice were domesticated as pets in China and Japan, and Europeans imported favorites and bred them to local mice. This breeding led to the creation of progenitors of modern laboratory mice as hybrids among M. m. domesticus, M. m. musculus and other subspecies.In Victorian England, "fancy" mice were prized and traded, and a National Mouse Club was founded in 1895.
Origin: Asia, Japan
Life span: 2 Years
Temperament: intelligent, happy, friendly, playful
Weight: 20-80 grams
Colors: albino, sliver, black, tan, cream, coffee, gold, and orange
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