So recently I've been thinking about getting a pair of rats, theyre so cute and smart they seem like awesome pets. I've been researching all about them but there's a few things I couldn't find an anwer to.Firstly, my dad is very against small animals in the house so he said the only way I can keep them is of they live in the barn we keep our rabbits in. It has air conditioning in the summer and a heater in the winter and isn't too far from the house. There's also plently of room so they wouldn't have to be right next to the rabbits. Would this be ok? He said they could come in to play and visit in such just there cage has to be in the barn Secondly, I can't decide whether I should get males or females. Id like to be able to teach them tricks and possibly bring them places with me so I don't know which would be ideal. I've heard males can be lazy and females can by hyper so I don't know what would be best. I used to own a hedgehog so I am somewhat familiar with small pets. (She lived inside but my dad thought she stunk so that's why the no little pets in the house rule is in place now)Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!