Thinking about purchasing an Rat Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Rat Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Rat Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Rat Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Rat Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Rat Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Rat Terrier Profile
The Rat Terrier is small, powerful, and very intelligent. They are great for sports, utility, or as a companion dog. Very loyal, loving, and protective of their loved ones and possessions, the Rat Terrier is also a great hunter. In fact their original use, hence the name, was for ratting. And if the occasion call, they can be quite the comedian. Rat Terriers are very low maintenance and once you have one...you've got to have another! They are energetic, intelligent and curious. They are game dogs, very tenacious when hunting and affable at home. They are not overly energetic, and tend to have moderate activity. They are very affectionate, playful and desire to be with their people all day. They get along well with their peers, including other pets as well as children. Rat Terriers are small and quaint, but not quite as small as the Chihuahua. They are still rather sturdy little dogs, and somewhat resemble a miniature Jack Russell Terrier. There are several different standards with this breed that vary greatly from country to country. In America, there are Miniature and Standard Rat Terriers, while in other countries they recognize those as well as a Hairless version. Either way, the personality is the same. With lots of praise, Rat Terriers can be trained to do anything, they love to please!
13 - 18 inches; Miniature: under 13 inches.
Black/white tri, blue/white, red, red brindle, apricot, chocolate,
lemon, sable, fawn, and tan. They are often white with black and tan tricolors,
or white with chocolate or black or tan patches.
Terriers are semi-active, easily trained, sociable, loving, and loyal. They
are very affectionate, and love to be around their owners. They are also eager
to please, energetic but not overly excited, curious, and intelligent. Rat Terriers
are hardy and tenacious in the field, and affable at home. They get along well
with children and other pets. They are very alert, and make good watchdogs.
Watch-dog: High. Rat Terriers
are very sensitive and ALERT to sounds, great alarm dog.
Rat Terrier Care and Training:
Rat Terriers are low maintenance and need little grooming. They are easily trained
and this should be done so with positive reinforcement. The Rat Terrier needs
a brushing every once in a while. Ears, teeth and nails should be checked and/or
groomed on a regular basis, as with any breed.
Rat Terrier Health Issues: Allergies, bite problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas and mange.
Life Span: 13 -16 years.
Country of Origin:
Originated in England, but developed in the United States.
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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