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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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BriarBey Decker Terriers
Member Since: September 2008
Location: Parkersburg-marietta, West Virginia
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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

Anonymous

Piebald means it has a white base coat with coloured areas over the white. Piebald describes a pattern and isn't a color.
2/18/2015 5:20:21 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

erm, well i have seen these in action as working dogs and they are very high drive and aggressive -ie killing rats. i would say that they are not a good dog for the everyday pet or for the fainthearted! but if you live a active life and have the time for a high drive terrier that love their owners. then go for it! x
8/13/2013 6:11:40 PM

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

I have an almost 2 year old rat terrier. He is the best breed of dog I have EVER had. He is so eager to please and always wants to be with us. He only barks when someone comes to the door or hears a doorbell. He is a wonderful family addition, and we love him to pieces. We are actually looking for another rat terrier.
12/23/2014 1:29:19 PM

Anonymous

My Rat Terrier is a rescue that I took at 1 year (now 3.5 years). She is very intelligent, loyal and a wonderful watch dog. She is the love of my life and rescuing her was one of the best things I have ever done.
1/3/2015 3:27:23 PM

Anonymous

I have had two Rat Terriers and they are wonderful dogs! They are highly intelligent and they learn easily. They are very clean dogs and have no skin problems. They make good watch dogs, but are not aggressive towards people we invite into our home. They love to play and make great family dogs.
2/13/2015 4:54:37 PM

Anonymous

We have had three rat terrior doggies - 1st one lived to be 17, 2nd lived to be 12yrs and 3rd one we lost a yr ago was 17 yrs. All were very smart, loving, cleaned our neighborhood out of snakes and ground squirrels, very good hunters, very active and loved being cuddled. First two were raised with our girls and last doggie was an empty next baby to us.
3/9/2015 8:43:22 PM

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

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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???

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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

I always found milk bones hid in the corners of our house you just have to pick them up and put them back and they will rehid them again just a little game with them and natural nature.
3/9/2015 8:45:31 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

Anonymous

Standards can get up to 25 lbs and the Decker can get up to 45 lbs
12/24/2014 1:01:25 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/13/2012 1:06:16 PM

12/13/2012 1:06:16 PM

what is the population of rat terriers

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Anonymous asked:

11/22/2012 6:09:55 PM

11/22/2012 6:09:55 PM

rat terrier chews everything my rat terrier chews up every thing in bedding or clothes - what can be done when in our room at night she chews up while we are sleeping?

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Anonymous asked:

11/20/2012 5:58:57 PM

11/20/2012 5:58:57 PM

how old should puppies be before their first bath? My rat terrier is 5 yrs.old and just had her first litter. They have fleas and I need to get rid of them

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Anonymous asked:

10/23/2012 11:27:03 PM

10/23/2012 11:27:03 PM

I adopted a stray 2 year old Rat Terrier from an animal shelter, that was not house broken and... I adopted a stray 2 year old Rat Terrier from an animal shelter, that was not house broken and that had been abused. She is spayed and is a very friendly dog. For 6 months I have tried to house break her by the crate method. She still is not house broken. I am home all day most of the time. She gets plenty of exercise, because I take her for long runs almost everyday. Do you have any advise for this problem?

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Anonymous

Keep her with you at all times. Keep her on a leash hooked to your belt. Just go about your business doing whatever you would normally do each day. Take her outside at regular intervals. If she pees or poops outside give her a bunch of praise and reward her right away (keep a highly tasty treat in your pocket like a bit of baked chicken or piece of hot dog). If she begins to go inside quickly act surprised gasp, say no firmly, this should startle her enough to stop the process. Then take her out right away to finish her business. If you need to not have her right at your side for a bit then use the crate. Also at night use the crate. Rat terriers are very happy to please you once they have figured out exactly what you want them to do.
10/30/2012 6:38:05 PM

Anonymous

With my little Rat Terrier I took him out every two hours. When he did his business outside I rewarded and praised him, if he didn't I didn't make a big deal out of it. He caught on really quick that letting me know he had to go outside by going to the door was a very good thing!
12/22/2012 11:41:10 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/16/2012 4:39:00 PM

10/16/2012 4:39:00 PM

Is a rat terrier a good dog to take on a long walk and then sit on the couch and watch Tv?

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Anonymous

Yeah. My little guy loves to go for a long walk or run with the skateboard. When he comes in he'll drink some water and then head for the coach. He'll watch me with his big brown eyes till I sit next to him and then he cuddles up and then takes a nap.
12/22/2012 11:35:42 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/15/2012 10:43:49 PM

10/15/2012 10:43:49 PM

I am going to get a rat terrier and I was wondering if it would be best to get 2 because my... I am going to get a rat terrier and I was wondering if it would be best to get 2 because my family will be gone from the house for 6 hours daily except on weekends.

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Anonymous

I wouldn't, very protective of each other. We have 2 brothers now 4 years old and cannot seperate them for even 5 minutes which makes training difficult. They are lovable though and funny but force to be reckoned with lol
11/27/2012 6:17:19 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/14/2012 7:57:26 PM

10/14/2012 7:57:26 PM

how do rat terriers kill rats and how many an hour?

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Anonymous

It all depends on the dispositions of the dog. if highly strung, they can kill up to 6 a day and eat them all but make sure they drink lots of water. Also make sure if you keep him or her alone at home to keep the toilet seat up. This will encourage her to poop properly. Hope this helps.
12/5/2012 8:02:28 AM

Anonymous asked:

10/14/2012 6:59:11 AM

10/14/2012 6:59:11 AM

I have a 4 month old Rat Terrier and she has been losing teeth and they have been bleeding. she... I have a 4 month old Rat Terrier and she has been losing teeth and they have been bleeding. she seems to be happy and not in pain, is this normal?

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Anonymous asked:

10/2/2012 10:37:39 PM

10/2/2012 10:37:39 PM

How much should a nine week old rat terrier eat?.

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Anonymous asked:

9/27/2012 7:46:57 PM

9/27/2012 7:46:57 PM

I have a rat terrier mix that I rescued. She is approx. 7 mon old and she always wants to chew... I have a rat terrier mix that I rescued. She is approx. 7 mon old and she always wants to chew my hands and whines a lot. I live in a condo and have taken her to obiendence classes but after long walks at night, lunch and morning she still whines at the door. I don't know how to break her of the chewing, I'vew tried the finger down the throat, which makes her more excited, positive re-enforcement etc. I'm at the point I want to get doggie downers, but don't want to drug her is there any help out there?

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Anonymous asked:

9/11/2012 9:46:54 PM

9/11/2012 9:46:54 PM

I have a little precious female rat terrier (4lbmax) cute as they get. Unfortunately she... I have a little precious female rat terrier (4lbmax) cute as they get. Unfortunately she recently came in heat for the first time, she's only 8mo or so. I also have a 10+yr old male Chihuahua approx 8lb. I hope he didn't get the job done we kept them apart as much as we could for the most part. I thought we were ok but now its been.a week or so since any of the obnoxious following around w/bios nose glued to her BUT her little nipples are starting to swell and I hope like hell she's not pregnant. is that what this means or. could it be she's just maturing. Probably wishful thinking, I really don't want my lil girl pregnant....

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Anonymous asked:

9/6/2012 5:00:03 PM

9/6/2012 5:00:03 PM

We adopted our rat terrier from the shelter 11 months ago when we got no one could touch him we... We adopted our rat terrier from the shelter 11 months ago when we got no one could touch him we got bit a couple of times ourselves but it was mostly from fear he has turned out to be a great dog lets us know when he needs to go outside but he has one small problem he continues to mark his territory on our furniture I have tried everything from vinegar on the places he marks bleach,crate training,keeping him leashed in the room we are in etc. Does anyone have any other ideas for this behavior he was 2 when we adopted him and had him neutered shortly thereafter.

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Anonymous asked:

9/4/2012 1:47:27 PM

9/4/2012 1:47:27 PM

My toy rat terrier pees in her sleep and only in her sleep. I have had her from 9 weeks old and... My toy rat terrier pees in her sleep and only in her sleep. I have had her from 9 weeks old and she just turned 1 year old. I asked the vet when she was 4 months old, vet said she would grow out of it. She has not. Does any one help with this . Thank U

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Anonymous asked:

8/29/2012 9:27:30 PM

8/29/2012 9:27:30 PM

Can a 90 lb male pit bull impregnate a 15lb female mini fox terrier? We have both and neither... Can a 90 lb male pit bull impregnate a 15lb female mini fox terrier? We have both and neither is spayed/neutered and our female is in heat.

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Anonymous

Yes he can & it would kill her to have the babies.
9/24/2012 12:56:40 AM

Anonymous asked:

7/11/2012 4:41:43 PM

7/11/2012 4:41:43 PM

I have a 7 month old Rat Terrier, she is great. She went through her first heat 2 weeks after... I have a 7 month old Rat Terrier, she is great. She went through her first heat 2 weeks after her 6 month. Her nipples are sticking out - what does that mean. She is out of heat i believe. I have a 9yr old boy.

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Anonymous asked:

7/8/2012 12:42:49 AM

7/8/2012 12:42:49 AM

I just got a 9 week old rat terrier and she weighs less than a pound - my question is is that... I just got a 9 week old rat terrier and she weighs less than a pound - my question is is that normal and how will she get looking at how much she weighs now

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Anonymous

Our rat terrier weighed less than a pound when we got him in March 2011. Now, (Sep 2012) he weighs 12 pounds! At one year, he weighed 9. I read somewhere that they grow until 2 yrs old, and this was the case with him.
9/26/2012 12:29:43 AM

Anonymous asked:

7/7/2012 10:37:22 PM

7/7/2012 10:37:22 PM

We just learned that our 6 month old "golden mix" puppy is a great pyrenees/rat terrier mix, and... We just learned that our 6 month old "golden mix" puppy is a great pyrenees/rat terrier mix, and were told this is a very abnormal combination. Has anyone ever heard of this? He looks all great pyrenees but is only 43 pounds.

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Anonymous asked:

6/16/2012 12:36:52 PM

6/16/2012 12:36:52 PM

I have a 7year old female rat terrier, just diagnosed with diabetes, not sure what kind yet,... I have a 7year old female rat terrier, just diagnosed with diabetes, not sure what kind yet, blood work just done. Does anyone have a similar situation and if so what treatments are you following.? (Jack Russell)

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Anonymous asked:

6/11/2012 7:36:03 PM

6/11/2012 7:36:03 PM

How often do rat terriers get pregnant?

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Anonymous

'I have a female rat terrier that had two litters in 1 year and 15 days.
7/12/2012 7:12:48 AM

Anonymous asked:

5/28/2012 9:11:01 AM

5/28/2012 9:11:01 AM

what is the average amount of puppies a rat terrier can have in a liter?

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Anonymous

My mother's rat terrier just had pups and she had 5 in a litter.
6/28/2012 5:34:12 PM

Anonymous

I have had litters with nine puppies, but the average is probably more around five.
7/18/2012 9:42:14 AM

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