Hello and welcome to
our Website of our friends... the Mongolian Gerbils :)
We are Pete and Liz
from Sheffield, UK and we got our first Gerbil back in 2001 for Pete's
Birthday. Since then our Gerbil family has slowly gotten bigger.
We are members of the
NGS - National Gerbil Society.
Click the picture to the left for The official National Gerbil
Feel free to look around
our site at all the lovely pictures of our gerbies, pictures are often
updated as I am an obsessed photographer and am almost always taking
pics here and there.
Our breeding aims
We had one breeding pair, they are a
Dark Eyed Honey (DEH) and a Red Eyed Honey (REH), our breeding plans
were to hopefully produce primarily Saffrons, with DEH, REH and Nutmegs
also being in the litters produced. As we have had two litters so far,
we now know both of the parents genetics. The DEH is: AaCCeeGGPp and
the REH is AaCCeeGGpp. Breeding has been stopped after the second litter
as we do not want to continuously keep having pups, which we do not
have the space for and do not wish to sell to petshops. We are breeding
for our own pets, which we aim to show - I personally could not keep
on having pups if I don't have the time to give them all the attention
I feel they deserve.
We plan to begin breeding again soon,
most likely we will breed DEH x Nutmeg, their genetics being AaCCeeGGPp
and aaCCeeGGPp. From this pairing we aim to produce DEH, REH, Nutmeg
and Saffron. The DEH should hopefully be very dark due to the Nutmeg
We breed quailty Gerbils to produce
friendly, healthy show quality Gerbils. Any Gerbils that should suffer
from a respiratory infection when young will NOT be bred from no matter
how good 'quality' they are, also any less friendly or nippy Gerbils
will also not be bred from. The reasons for this is, we do not wish
to pass on any undesirable traits, whether genetical or environmentally
produced. Also, should the mother or father be bad parents in any way
breeding will be stopped immediately.
Still awaiting Roma's litter, she looks like she's
about to pop any day now, I can actually see the pups moving around
inside her, so I think it'll be either during the night or tomorrow
I was hoping that she wouldn't be giving birth on the
26th day, but it looks like it'll be either the 25th or 26th now...
Which will cause problems for me as I have to go to London with Uni...
Damn, so I'm having to get my brothers to keep an eye on them and make
sure that all the pups are there and accounted for.
Sorry for the lack of updates... I am currently in
the middle of a complete revamp of the website and so have been concentrating
on that, rather than adding anything new to any of the webpages... The
site should be up over the next couple of days, as I am for the most
part finished, just 2 more pages to do, I think!
The new website will have a completely new layout,
new pages, new graphics etc. But most pages, for the most part will
contain the same information, perhaps with some new revised stuff but
most pages will also have new images on them, and have a general around
nicer look to it!
16 March 2005
On the 12th I bought two Winter
Whites, their own webpage has been added now, and you can find photos
of them there along with information on WW's as a species.
All the Gerbs are fine, and I'm
about to begin breeding again. If anyone is interested in any pups I
have, please contact me here.
I do not ship, and all pups will only go in pairs, or if you have a
lone gerbil needing a new partner.
I have been updating the dipodil page with a diary
on my progress with re-taming one of our Dipodils - Miette.
Here is a sneaky peak at one of the added photos:
Well, I've been a little slack
in updating, but on the 3rd Feb Tate turned a year old!!! Wow, it's
been a year already, man time really goes fly by too quickly right now.
So, here are some celebration
pictures of her time with us so far -
Early photos of Tate, when she
was so tiny and sweet (she still is though!)
Below are more recent images of
Tate, showing how much bigger she is now!
24 January 2005
The Bradford Championship show
was held over the weekend, and Pete and I entered 11 gerbils into the
show (but one was left off the list by accident so, we showed 10) I
have updated my shows page, just scroll down towards the bottom and
our results are there. I didn't take many photos, just some of some
Bushy Tailed Jirds and an unknown gerbil species. I didn't take any
of the show as such, with all the show pens etc. Perhaps I should have....
From the results we may change
our breeding plans, as our Honey Gerbils did well in the show. However
as we only have one saffron, it is difficult to tell whether or not
we did well with her, so I might carry on breeding for the saffrons
and keeping any honeys too that we breed. The Nutmegs also did well,
but as they are not really really dark it is unlikely they will ever
get any of the bigger awards, and with Nutmegs being quite difficult
to breed, they need constant crossing to black gerbils to increase their
ticking, I don't have the space right now for enough breeding lines,
so I won't be concentrating on the Nutmegs.
Happy New Year!
I trust everyone had a good one...
I guess it must've been better than mine... Well mine was good, it was
just the ending to the night was a bit of a 'mare but over all it was
a good night.
Well, onto Gerbiley business.
I have added a new page which
illustrates the development of Nutmegs. It compares Nutmegs to DEH's
as a lot of people find it difficult to distinguish between the two
colours. I will also be adding onto the page a guide to a Nutmeg moulting,
this will show the amazing moult that a Nutmeg goes through between
6-10 weeks old.
You can find the new page here:
17th December 2004
Well, it's Sydney and Kyoto's
2nd Birthday sometime around now! You'd never think they were two years
old! I can't believe that they are and I can't believe it's been two
years since we got them... Well we got them mid January, but they must
have been born earlish December in order to have been 5 weeks old or
so by the time we got them. They're still going really well, hopefully
we'll have plenty more time with them, Sydney still seems to be sexually
active, she was thumping last night... I always heard that by 2 years
old they'll pretty much be infertile - so there's some life in the old
bird yet ;)
The also means that it's been
two years since we lost Orlando :( RIP little fella and one day I'll
get a little spotted Lilac just like him.
Little Orlando :(
10th December 2004
Well, I have updated some of the
graphics to the website with nice happy christmas type images, nothing
too bold or brash and in your face. Just nice subtle images, which keep
quite well to the over-all colourscheme of the site.
Nothing much to report back on
in the land of the gerbils, everyone seems to be going just fine. The
six females are doing well, and hopefully things will stay that way
- Siena is a very strong gerbil and I can't imagine anyone attempting
to overthrow her any time soon. Whenever you hold her you can really
feel her strength, the first Gerbil I've ever had that is like that.
Although, I don't ever expect to have any probs as, afterall they have
been bred for their calm temperaments.
I took some christmas photos a
few months back, I wanted to have some cute pup in tinsel shots - unfortunatel
I didn't realise this until the pups were probably 4/5 weeks old, so
I have younger-in-tinsel shots :) Here they are:
A Nutmeg pup
I hope you're all ready for Christmas! I am almost, just a couple of
presents to buy now... It's crept up on me suddenly over the last week,
I didn't realise how close it now was! My brother pointed out to me
that we're finishing Uni next week for Christmas, I couldn't believe
it! So much work to do over the next week in order to set myself up
for deadlines after christmas... We also get back our draft dissertation
in a couple of days, I'm starting to get really scared that it'll be
really crap and I have to basically write it all again as well as the
extra 1 thousand words that I didn't add in, in order to have space
to add in new things that I have researched or that they tell me I should
include or point something out that I missed... and I did actually find
out some more stuff on one of the artists that I didn't know before,
so there's something for me to add in already! Arrrghhhh
Phew, a little bit of an ease
off on the work schedule for a couple of weeks at last, had to do my
draft dissertation and so I've been doing loads of work for the last
month and now it's finally handed in I can relax a little and wait for
feedback on it in order to see what needs adding, changing etc. (still
need to carry on researching and reading up though!)
The second litter are now 9weeks
old, so getting old and the Nutmegs are going through their moults.
It looks like Tallinn will be a nice dark colour, perhaps darker than
Obikwelu, so we could have two good Nutmegs to show there. Paris seems
like he might be quite light like Cole, and so perhaps not such a good
colour for showing. Everyone seems to be doing well, nothing to report
06 November 2004
The two new pages have been added.
Madison, Nairobi, Roma, Saffie and Sicily - A group of six females,
Siena a REH is the mother and the rest consist of Two Dark Eyed Honeys,
One Red Eyed Honey, One Saffron and One Nutmeg.
Squeaky and Tallinn - A group of three males, Siena and Dakota's
sons. They are Two Nutmegs and One Red Eyed Honey.
There are photos of each one on
their pages, hope you enjoy them!
02 November 2004
The genetics page has been updated,
hopefully it will be more easy to understand now. I've been working
on it for ages, but stopped due to stupid dreamweaver being crap and
not letting me have it how I want... So I've ended up it all being craply
laid out but still... It does its job.
Did I mention before how crappy
dreamweaver is?? Hmph.
Well I best be off to do work.
Plenty of it to do.. Dissertation, along with normal illustration briefs..
man I swear they want my blood too!
31 October 2004
I've added a new page,
it is a page on Dakota and his three sons
with photos and a small personality synopsis. I thought it best that
I add a page for them seems as he is no longer with Siena and we now
have an extra 11 Gerbils than we had before!
A page for Siena and
her daughters and a page of the three young males will also be put up
27th October 2004
The pups are just over
6 weeks old now and the males have been seperated off into their own
tank, leaving the females who are all now in a nice big tank with plenty
of places to dig etc. (That still doesn't stop Siena from trying to
I have to name the pups...
It's beginning to get difficult! One name I definately have is Nairobe,
which is one I wanted to use on the last litter but didn't get the chance
to. The rest are unknown, the Saffron will probably continue to be called
Saffie, which just leaves the three males now. One of the males is squeaky
due to his cute little habit, but Pete informs me that we are not calling
him that! heh, I only call it him as a joke anyway :) I might call one
chelsea - can that be a male name??? Hmm according to a naming websites
it's a female name. Ah well.
I really must upload
some photos, I'll have to do that some other time, as at the moment
I really am short on time. I have my dissertation that I have to do
in two weeks' time. It's only a draft... So not so bad, but I'd still
like to have a lot of it done in advanced. I also have plenty of work
to be doing for my illustration side of the course.. and well, all this
including playing with the Gerbs... Something has to give and unfortunately
it has been this so far!
You can always visit
my Photobucket profile to see some photos, which have been updated more
so than this website recently!
Below are some photos
for you to get a taster of the pups:
Click here for a link to my photobucket
10th October 2004
Just a quick update...
A few days ago we noticed that one of the pups was making a weird sucky,
clicky noise. At first I thought it might be a respiratory infection...
But it wasn't looking ill, fluffed up, sitting on its own, it was just
completely normal and active but sometimes makes this odd noise. It
also didn't seem to be in rhythm to its breathing and so we assumed
it was just clicking its teeth together. A couple of days later and
the pup is still making the noise, I decide that I just can't risk it
and so go to the vets. He ends up telling us exactly what we thought,
that it was just some unique habit that the little pup had!
He seems to have stopped
now, only occasionally I hear a squeak or a little clicking, he's since
been named clicky ;)
3rd October 2004
The pups opened their
eyes a couple of days ago now... Very strange how time seems to have
suddenly rushed past. With starting Uni again and all that, as well
as lots of work this year, things have slipped me by without me noticing
at all. I noticed how much the pups had grown, Pete and I worked out
that they were 17 days old and realised within a few days their eyes
should be open! Surely enough, the next day their eyes did! They are
now 20 days old and so very cute.
Due to Uni I didn't take
many photos for a couple of days, but since then I have been trying
to take more as I don't want to miss this time, as I may never have
any pups around again and so I want to keep a good diary of their development.