A dumbo is still a rat, so there really shouldn't be any difference, except for one thing. Right now the dumbo is the Rat du Jour, and people may be breeding them with a little extra care, whereas our topears could be from a feeder bin, a ratmill supplying a petstore, a badly bred oops litter, etc.
I have known of some very unpleasant dumbos, and some incredibly sweet standard eared rats...its all a lottery.
I have to agree with lil spaz. My friend and I both got rats from reputable breeders. Hers being a dumbo, and mine being a standard ear rex they are both equally sweet. Compared to our others (pet shop), they were both more calm, sweet, and quiet natured. My other girlies are just as sweet now, but not from the get-go like the other two.
I have no idea as I am new to rats, but I can tell you that all 3 of my dumbos are so sweet. Thats why I ended up going with two lame names like Baby and Sweety.. It just fit their personality so well.
i got both my girls from a petstore and my dumbo is the sweetest, most personable thing this side of the mississippi (i'm sure you'll argue this point ), whereas my standard ear is a skittish, although cute rat. luck of the draw.
I found Bastian (my dumbo) in the feeder bin. He was very skittish at first but warmed up great to forced socialisation. He is my licker and a very good one at that. But he's also been a terror lately with wanting to be alpha, harrassing Odin and Bert when the cage is open and he can climb up there. He never hurts them, just humps them a lot *eyeroll*
But yeah, Bastian is a real sweety, still hard to pick up he doesn't like that part of being held but he sits still and is a lap rat once you get him there!
My first dumbo was a boy so I think that is what made him so sweet (my first and only boy so far). I also had a standard ear at the time and she was a little spit fire, always racing around. My next girl was also a dumbo from Petco and she was a little sweetheart too. But my sister has had two standard ears that weren't nearly as crazy as mine. My current girl is a nice little dumbo girl, but is more hyper like my first standard ear.
I think it's just random when it comes to personality. I've always been one to fall for those huge ears and I like the overall size of the dumbos.
Since Rosie (Blue Dumbo) is my first rat ever, I can't compare her to others, but I must say, she is as sweet as she can be. I hope I'm lucky enough to encounter just as sweet rattie souls in the futre.
there was a dumbo in the feeder tank at my job today. (even though, they are feeders, i hold and play with them) and she was a sweetheart. THANKGOD the little sweetie actually went home as a pet. she was very nice and social and healthy.
dumbos are nice, but i wouldnt say niced than an ordinary rat. all properly socialized rats are sweeties =]
ok so i got Alyssa from a petstore and shes a dumbo and shes the sweetest thing alive.... but i know the truth:
so those dumbo ears make them look cute and inasent ((cant spell)) but really there stealin stuff from behind your back :wink:
I dont think theres a diff. cuz TempleTon is not a dumbo but hes just as sweet as Alyssa so i vote both even.
I have 36 rescue rats here (oops one petstore girl but she is over 2 and it was before I knew of rescues) and only 1 is a dumbo (dumbo's rarely come into rescue in my city). My first actually. She's cute and adventurous and friendly, but doesn't want to be held, she doesn't lick, etc....her standard-eared sister is actually starting to become very very sweet. Its all the luck of the draw, not the ear placement.