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Rat Terrier

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Weight
12-35 lbs
Height
14-23 inches
Color(s)
red and white, tri-spotted, solid red, black & tan, blue & white and red brindle
Overview
The Rat Terrier was originally named by none other than Teddy Roosevelt. The Rat Terriers were developed in Great Britain from a cross between the Smooth Fox Terriers and the Manchester Terriers in 1820. They were brought into the United States in the 1890's, where they became more popular. American breeders crossed this breed yet again with the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Beagle, and the Whippet. Breeders wanted to retain the hunting instincts of the Beagle along with the red color and the bulkiness, while the Whippet provided to speed and agility with the blue and brindle colors.
Character
The Rat Terrier can be stubborn and willful at times, and are sometimes reserved around strangers but warm up very quickly. Even with his small size, this breed is fearless and shows the true colors of a terrier. This breed makes an excellent companion for a single person home. The Rat Terrier is not recommended for the average family as he has the tendency to become destructive without proper stimulation, and also loves to roam and wander providing much stress.
Temperament
Spunky, energetic, lively, and alert, this breed makes a good watchdog. The Rat Terrier makes a great companion to the right family, but should be trained properly as they have the tendency to snap if frightened. This breed can do well around other pets, but should be socialized at puppy hood to prevent difficulties. Smaller animals should not be placed around this breed if they are not properly socialized around them or raised around them.
Care
Rat Terriers do not require much in the grooming area. Brushing with a firm bristle or rubber brush occasionally will remove any loose or dead hair. Baths are only necessary approximately once every six months. Bathing too often will remove the natural oils from the coat, which can cause skin problems that this breed is prone to having. The Rat Terrier should be protected from cold weather via sweaters as this breed has a very short coat and gets cold very easily.
Coat
The Rat Terrier has a very short coat lying close to the body of the dog. Grooming is not a large task, however this breed should be protected from the cold via sweaters. The coat should be firm, and harsh to the touch while still remaining glossy.
Training
The Rat Terrier being so lively can be very stubborn and sometimes difficult to train. This breed requires a firm and experienced handler. Consistency is a must, as this breed tends to lose interest very quickly. A variety of techniques should be exercised to keep this dogs attention. Obedience classes at an early age are recommended by many breeds and Rat Terrier owners, however it is not required. Training can be a definite task for this alert and willful breed.
Activity
A small yard should be sufficient for this small yet energetic breed. They love regular romps free, however are escape artists and should always be kept on lead or in a fenced area. This breed should be trained not to pull on lead, and does very well on long walks or jogs. Rat Terriers should have at least 40 minutes of exercise per day to avoid overeating and/or laziness, which this breed is prone to.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Rat Terrier puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

2/9/2014 8:38:29 AM

2/9/2014 8:38:29 AM

What does piebald rat terrier mean What is the definition of piebald Rat Terrier

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Anonymous

The Piebald Rat Terrier is a color of the Rat Terrier. Piebald means the animal is one that has a spotting pattern of large unpigmented, usually white, areas of hair, feathers, or scales and normally pigmented patches, generally black or another solid color.
7/15/2014 5:52:44 PM

Hililliany asked:

7/28/2013 11:22:14 PM

7/28/2013 11:22:14 PM

Is a rat terrier a good dog to have? We were thinking of getting a rat terrier is it a good idea

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Anonymous

I disagree with the aggressive response. I have been showing and breeding rat terriers for 15 years. While they ARE bred to kill vermin and are VERY good at it....they are a PERFECT family or farm dog. They are just as happy hunting vermin on the farm as they are snuggled under your covers at night keeping your feet warm or running with your children outside playing. Or maybe just a good cuddle on the couch while watching tv. I wouldn't be breeding them if I thought for one moment they are or even could be an aggressive breed. They ARE terriers who love to play. Aggressive? NO WAY!
8/21/2013 10:56:45 AM

Anonymous

Our little rat terrier is the best dog I have ever been around or owned in my entire life. Eager to learn throughout his entire life even as a 4 year old (current age). My fiance and I led an extremely active lifestyle prior to the birth of our son. This dog could sprint up and down 100 ft incline faster than we could hike 1/8 of the hill.. yet even now my son is almost 2, and we are substantially less active than we once were and he still fits right in. He loves our son like his own brother, has never snapped (even when our son may have deserved it), and knows more of the english language than many children around age 5. To give you an idea of his dedication to me and my hubby, he once helped me herd and catch a white lab rat that was loose near our home without hurting it in the slightest. (I am a big softie and didn't want the rat to freeze during the winter, since it clearly was not wild). He listened to my every command and helped me get it into my pocket. They're amazing animals.
5/1/2014 3:17:01 AM

Anonymous asked:

5/18/2013 12:46:46 PM

5/18/2013 12:46:46 PM

What does a pom and a rat terrier puppy look like What does a pom and a rat terrier puppy look like

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Anonymous

Normally the dog looks like a Rat Terrier but has longer hair. But that is just the one's that I've come across. But in general, it all depends on if the dog takes after the sire or dam more.
7/15/2014 5:53:43 PM

Anonymous asked:

4/5/2013 11:11:06 AM

4/5/2013 11:11:06 AM

what will a dog be like when mixing a rat terrier with a shih tzu?

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Anonymous

If you like the Rat Terrier and the Shih Tzu breed, I would suggest getting one of each.
7/15/2014 6:01:36 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/25/2013 2:13:47 AM

3/25/2013 2:13:47 AM

I have a 3year old part Rat terrier female and since we got a new puppy male she has been pooping? We brought home a 8week old puppy and my part rat part boston terrier female has been pooping and peeing all over my daughters room also she wont obey my commands anymore like sit, laydown, stat, etc. my terrier has been acting jealous and nervous and now this new sign has been happening. I don't know how to stop her from using the bathroom all over the place or to get her to mind me anymore.

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Anonymous

Contact your local Positive Reinforcement trainer. He/She will be able to help you with this situation
7/15/2014 6:02:45 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/13/2013 11:39:13 PM

3/13/2013 11:39:13 PM

what is the life span of a rat terrier??? what is the life span of a rat terrier???

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Anonymous

I have known rat terriers to live up to 17 years.
8/21/2013 10:58:41 AM

Anonymous

15 to 18 years
6/11/2014 6:36:21 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/21/2013 8:24:25 PM

2/21/2013 8:24:25 PM

My rat terrier insists on hiding things, his toys, treats, ect why?

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Anonymous

Instinct. In nature they hide things so other predators do not get them.
3/13/2013 9:45:48 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/8/2013 11:14:55 PM

2/8/2013 11:14:55 PM

rat terrier male 6months old my rat terrier is 6months old about a week now he pulls on his weenee is it growing pains or something esle

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Anonymous asked:

1/10/2013 1:09:13 PM

1/10/2013 1:09:13 PM

How do I teach him not to try to bite at my children How do I teach my rat terrier not to bite?

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Anonymous

When he tries to do it - snatch him up by the nap of the neck and look him straight in the eye and very sternly say "NO".
3/13/2013 9:46:36 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/27/2012 12:58:53 PM

12/27/2012 12:58:53 PM

how big are full grown males how big are full grown male rat terriers?

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Anonymous

The standard Rat Terrier is 15" tall x 15" long x 15 lbs weight.
3/23/2014 11:24:20 AM

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