Sable Mouse


sable mouse

It’s true that mice are notoriously known for making people’s skin crawl, especially if those people dealt with a mouse infestation before. Yet, not many people know that they can make for one of the best cuddle-loving furry pets you could ask for!

With a surprisingly energetic temperament, high degree of sociability, and affinity for humans, sable mice (and mice in general), are great companions and are one of the best house pets out there. Want to know more about this particular variety? Let’s dig deep into this rare mouse and what makes it unique.

What Is a Sable Mouse?

Sable mice have a unique gradient coat color. Their top is a very dark brown that spreads from nose to tail, while the rest of their body gradually shifts to a rich gold color at their belly. Pure sable mice are of this particular color with no blotches of other colors, markings, streaks, demarcation, or white hairs.

However, the sable gradience depends on how much brown and red pigment breeders add to the mice offspring to get that unique color. With that said, you might be wondering: can you have mice with extra black coloration than gold and vice versa? The answer is yes. 

However, if you have a special request as to how much gradience your mice should have, you’ll need to communicate these wishes to an expert breeder with a high-quality mousery and enough knowledge on mice genes. Looking at mice in nearby mouseries or pet stores is also a wonderful strategy to find different varieties of sable mice and decide which one you should get.

The Sable Varieties

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If you want to look up sable mice varieties first before hitting the road and starting your search, here are some examples:

Marten Sable Mice

Marten sable mice are considered highly rare and incredibly beautiful, making them highly demanded. The red pigment is somewhat watered down in this variety, and the red color gradually turns into a white cream tint at the bottom.

In short, this variety of mice has a white belly and darkish top from nose to tail.

Siamese Sable Mice

The Siamese sable mice type is also highly rare, but it’s not hard to breed as other types since breeders can create them with Chinchilla and Siamese mice. This is a hybrid of two of the most unique mice out there.

So if you get bored of the usual sable gradient of the sable mouse coat, the Siamese genes will add an eye-catching touch to a pet mouse’s fur.

Blue Sable Mice

As the name suggests, the blue sable beauty has a gradient color similar to that of the pure sable mouse, only that the rich blackness of its coat at the top has a bluish hue to it. 

Typically, diluting red pigment will cause other shades to show up, which is what breeders do to get the blue shade with the blue sable mouse. It might be another diluted version of your typical sable mouse, but these mice are definitely pleasing to look at.

Lilac Sable Mice

Much like how the blue sheen over blue sable mice is obtained, lilac sable mice gain a charming lilac shadow over the top part of the coat via manipulating the red pigment in their genes.

The lilac shadow isn’t evident as the dark brown on a pure sable mouse, but it’s a pretty color. However, it can be tricky to get, which is why you’d need an expert mouse breeder for this variety.

Sable Mouse Care

Sable mice aren’t much different from other fancy mice pets. But, given their size, nocturnal activity, and social behavior, caring for them won’t be a chore if you know what you’re doing. Here are the things you need to keep in mind to get started.

Housing

Unlike other house pets, pet mice usually prefer living in cages rather than wandering around the house. They might also be skittish when their owners lift them repeatedly rather than leave them in their cage.

Accordingly, you’ll need to get a good wired cage with enough space for the number of sable mice you’re getting. You must also ensure that the spacing is narrow enough so that your little furry pets won’t be able to squeeze through.

cute mouse

You can also add some items for your mice to play with, such as chew blocks, willow balls, ladders, and so on.

Lastly, cages with wired floors aren’t practical for these earth-digging creatures, so a solid and stable floor is a must in any mice’s cage.

Diet

Mice’s diet is composed of many things, but mostly, pellets should make up 75% of their diet. These pellets must contain fiber, protein, and fat. Water and pellets should be refreshed daily.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t add other items to their diet, like leafy greens. Feed them these greens infrequently (every few days), and add some fruits into their diets like bananas or apples, but only feed them fruits once a week.

Training

Training mice is fairly easy, thanks to their high degree of intelligence. There’s a range of activities you can teach your little pet, like playing football, fetch, practicing their agility, or doing tricks like jumping through hoops.

For fetch games, you’ll need to experiment with different types of toys to find out which one your furry friend likes. It shouldn’t be too heavy or large, so it can pick it up easily. For agility exercises, you’ll need to purchase an obstacle course and place it in its inhabitant.

Further exercises, games, and tricks depend on how responsive they are to the previous activities. Once your pet mouse proves it’s able to handle these activities, you can let it practice more complicated obstacle courses, hump hoops, or even decorate a toy Christmas tree!

Does the Color of Sable Mice Go With Age?

Yes, a sable mouse might lose its color if the breeding process wasn’t done correctly or if it’s not a pure sable mouse.

Are Sable Mice Good Pets for Children?

Given how low-maintenance and intelligent they are, sable mice are lovable and one of the best house animals for beginner pet owners (both teenagers and adults). However, their small size and delicate bodies might not make them suitable pets for children.

What if You Can’t Find Sable Mice at Local Shops?

Sable mice are a rare type of fancy mice, and it probably won’t be easy to find them at a local pet shop, so you might have to search for an expert breeder to grow sable mice for you.

Can I Breed Sable Mice?

Beginner breeders might struggle to get the unique color gradients of dark brown and gold, but it’s possible once you understand the exact genotype of sable mice, how to maintain the redness in their coat, the evenness and the spreading of both colors, and how well that color is maintained throughout their life cycle.

Do Sable Mice Make Good Pets?

Not to be mistaken with sables, sable mice do make excellent pets, but they’re not the optimal option for children due to how fragile they can be, especially newborn sable mice.

How Much Is a Sable Mouse?

Typically, fancy mice, sable mice included, don’t cost more than 8-20 dollars each. However, this number can rise depending on how rare the variety you’re purchasing is. If you don’t already have the proper housing equipment, mice pellets, and toys, you can pay around 50 dollars.

How Long Does a Sable Mouse Live?

Sable mice, and fancy mice in general, can live from 2 to 3 years on average. The longevity of their lifespan depends on their health, diet, sanitary housing environment, and handling.

Final Thoughts

A fancy mouse with a rare coat color will definitely be hard to breed, especially with its difficult-to-achieve gradient shades and the rare tints of its other varieties. 

If you’re looking to buy a sable mouse, you should seek a mousery that specializes in breeding fancy mice, particularly if you have special color and coating gradient requests in mind.

Finally, it’s important to remember that sable mice are regular mice with genetically modified coats, meaning that their temperament, behavior, diet are exactly like that of other pet mice, which is why you’ll need to care for them as you will a regular pet mouse. Of course, don’t forget to visit the vet every once in a while!