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Rats & Mice

Rat & Mouse Competitions

Entries close February 15 2019

Download the Rats & Mice schedule for more information on how to enter


Mice are small mammals which characteristically have a pointed snout, small rounded ears and almost hairless tail. The first references to domesticated mice are found in records from China in 1100BC. Archaeologists also found Egyptian bowls and other artefact’s featuring coloured mice.  In the 1700’s mouse fancy became popular, particularly in Japan where they began to selectively breed.  In the early 1800’s fascination with these creatures found their way to Europe where they slowly increased in number and popularity until the present day.


Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size.  Pet rats are domesticated varieties of the brown rat but black rats and giant pouched rats are also known to be kept.  Throughout the 1840’s until the end of the 1860’s it became popular to breed specifically coloured rats and this helped lay the foundations for our present-day domestic breeds.  In the early 1900’s the standards by which the showing of rats could be judged was introduced by the National Fancy Rat Society of Great Britain.

Over the past 17 years, there has been a large increase in the showing of fancy mice and rats.  Newcastle Regional Show is proud to be hosting this very popular competition for the 6th year.