Dog Profiles - Description of Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier

Description: The Rat Terrier is a small, powerful, very intelligent, great for sports, utility or companion dog. Very loyal, loving, protective of its loved ones and possessions, and also a great hunter and comedian if the occasion calls. The Rat Terrier is very low maintenance and once you have one...you've got to have another!! With lots of praise the Rat Terrier can be trained to do anything, they love to please!!

Height: 12-15 inches

Weight: 12-18 lbs.

Colors: Black/white tri, blue/white, red, apricot, chocolate, lemon, sable, fawn, tan.

Coat: Smooth, short hair

Temperament: Semi active, easily trained, sociable, loving, loyal. Very protective and loving of children it lives with. Whatever a Rat Terrier is raised with, it will love and protect. Very sensitive and alert to sounds. Great alarm dog. Fair guard-dog. Very protective and alert.

Care and Exercise: Low maintenance, needs little grooming.

Training: Easily trained with positive reinforcement. High,fast learning rate, highly intelligent.

Activity: Moderate

Living Environment: Prefer to be inside with their family, but can be outdoors.

Health Issues: No major health issues

Life Span: 13 -16 Years

Litter Size: 5-7

Country of Origin: Originated in England, but developed in the United States.

History: Considered an all American Breed, he originated in England in 1820. The Rat Terrier was a cross between a Smooth Coat Fox Terrier and a Manchester Terrier. Bred and raised for the sport of "rat baiting." Brought to US in 1890. President Theodore Roosevelt reintroduced them while in the White House for pest control, and for their great companionship and hunting abilities.

Registration: ACA, UKC, UKCI, NRTR, CKC