Rat Terrier

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Intelligence:Rat Terriers crave human companionship and attention. They are unusually sensitive, intuitive, and eager to please, very determined and thrive on praise. Rat Terriers make good housedogs and can be crate trained, but don't generally do well in out door kennels.Energy:The Rat Terrier as puppies are very active and will require a lot more socialization, attention and effort than an older dog, but Rat Terrier?s are usually very sociable and will remain playful and active throughout their lifetime.


The Rat Terrier is an American breed that originated from a mixture of crosses from European terriers, Fox Terriers, Old English White Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Bull Terrier, etc. With later crosses of Beagle, Smooth Fox Terrier, Toy Fox Terriers, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds and other available Feist breeds added. The RTCA is currently seeking AKC recognition and should achieve FSS status in 2003.

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These 10 to 19 inch terriers are muscular and medium boned. Generally weighing 10 to 25 pounds.

Smooth coated, grooming brush weekly, monthly toenail trim. Rat Terriers shed. Shown ?au naturel? leave whiskers.ColorHound colors; tri-coloreds and bi-coloreds, 20 to 90% white preferred with black, red, orange, tan, chocolate, blue or lemon with or without tan trim. Must have patch of white. Merle & Brindles are disqualified.Ears are either erect or buttoned, should be uniformed. Tails are preferred docked.

Common ailments: 

Allergies, patella problems in small dogs. Bad bites.


Rat Terriers are good with children and other pets especially dogs; some will chase small animals.TrainabilityHigh. Very focused. Quick, agile, makes a good agility dog.

Information supplied by: 

Pamela Mills, Mindy McElhone - Rat Terrier Club of America