Rat Terrier

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12-35 lbs
14-23 inches
red and white, tri-spotted, solid red, black & tan, blue & white and red brindle
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How much do Rat Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Rat Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Rat Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Rat Terriers sold is $487.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Rat Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,500 upwards to $5,100 or even more for a Rat Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Rat Terriers sold is $400.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $487.50
Average Price: $400.00
Top Quality: $1,500.00 to $5,100.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 3378 Rat Terrier puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Rat Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Rat Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Rat Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 3378 Rat Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Brady
  • 2. Amy
  • 3. Dixie
  • 4. Sadie
  • 5. Lucy
  • 6. Mikey
  • 7. Molly
  • 8. Sally
  • 9. Chap
  • 10. Bella
  • 11. Brownie
  • 12. Buddy
  • 13. Lola
  • 14. Abby
  • 15. Owen
  • 16. Bailey
  • 17. Cocoa
  • 18. Mojo
  • 19. Puppy
  • 20. Mia

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Alcova Kennels at Natural Bridge
Member Since: May 2017
Location: Wyoming
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Rat Terriers and Corgis! Rat Terriers: We breed standard sized (20-30 lbs) Rat Terriers with Decker bloodlines, and we absolutely delight in providing well-adjusted and socialized pups who bond strongly with "their" human. We used to think that a person owns a dog.......but with our puppies, it doesn't take long for the pup to own you! By the time they leave us (6-8 weeks) they are eating dry kibble, lapping water and milk, following on walks (off leash), rough-housing with siblings, and nearly potty-trained. They are smart and trainable, and live to make you happy. As one of our puppy buyers has said, his puppy would rather be with him, than eat his meal! This man is a retired veterinarian, and liked rat terriers because they have "hybrid vigor" since they are a new breed, and are made up of other american dogs. They are the original family farm dog, and it is great that they are now being recognized and registered! The best things about these dogs, are their adaptability and their bond with their people. We have successfully placed puppies in remote outposts, ranches, farms, in towns, apartments, downtown high-rises, and with full-time RV people. They have been trained to work livestock (they naturally "hold", not "herd"), track game, search up deer antler sheds, hunt vermin (of course!!!) and work for PTST sufferers, by being the ultimate "wing man" and making sure premises are "all clear". Corgis: The ultimate fun-loving uncomplicated personality. We love them! Corgis have a number of health issues, so we DNA test to make sure we know the pups are healthy and should live a long happy life with you. A corgi and a rat terrier together are amazing. Their personalities are so different, that they don't conflict, they mesh with each other.

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Anonymous asked:
I was looking to purchase a lemon & white Rat Terrier pup that is from 2 merle parents that produce merles, apricot/white & lemon/white pups. I have read that the merle color RTs have health issues. With that being said, I have to assume that those issues could be passed on to their pups, even if I got lemon & white pup?

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All Merle colorations, no matter the breed can have severe health issues. I myself have a little 6 month old blind girl (rescue after she was dumped in a back alley) whom was born blind because of the double-merle coloration. No matter the breed or mix, you always have to be concerned with health issues passed from the dam and sire, and even the grand-dam and grand-sire. For you, it is best to ensure that your breeder has done his / her due diligence and have gotten their dam and sire checked and cleared of the health issues related to the Rat Terrier breed. The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends that Rat Terriers be tested for patellar luxation, cardiac abnormalities, pancreatic issues, hip dysplasia, demodectic mange, incorrect bite, allergies, and Legg–Calvé–Perthes syndrome.

Anonymous asked:
I have a 3 year old male Rat Terrier, who is king of the house and really attached to me. Will he accept a female in his house? He is very good with all animals but not sure about his house.



The best thing to do first and fore-most is to contact your local Positive Reinforcement trainer and have them bring in a small-breed dog into your home. You will then be able to see if your dog will accept another dog in your home or not. If your dog does well, then you can make preparations on getting a new female. However, if not; then you may need to do some training with him to get him ready to accept that he is not the only dog that will be living in the home.


Also, a meeting of new pup away from home is the best way to introduce them. And remember your older dog ALWAYS gets attention/treats first to alleviate competition.

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My 6 and1/2 year old UKC registered Rat Terrier was just diagnosed with a heart murmur, grade 5. Is this a common problem in this breed? I am devastated.



I'm so sorry to hear about your Rat Terrier, I hope he/she is able to continue a healthy life. The Rat Terrier over-all is a healthy and hearty breed of dog, but with their popularity growing in the recent years some common health concerns have arouse in the breed. The health concerns that breeders should be checking their stock for are patellar luxation, cardiac abnormalities, hip dysplasia, and Legg–Calvé–Perthes syndrome. Sadly, because cardiac abnormalities are becoming common in this breed, heart murmurs are a problem the Rat Terrier is experiencing.


Make sure you purchase a puppy from a breeder who tests for these things. Make sure sire and dam are tested and passed heart examinations.


I had a female Rat Terrier diagnosed with a heart murmur at 3 months old. She passed away last year, aged 15 years. I can’t say it ever bothered her, never medicated her for it either.


My Rat Terrier was diagnosed with a heart murmur about three years ago and he’s been fine all along. We wondered why he would pant so hard when he’d run for a frisbee about a dozen times. But any dog could have done that. In any case, we slowed down a lot on the number of throws once we found out. He’s 8 1/2 years old now and he’s slowed himself down. I was devastated at first too. My breeder did lots of testing before the litter but about a year before I found out mine had a murmur, my pups grandsire developed heart conditions; He passed away at 11. I believe my breeder had the grandsire on medication for a year or so before his passing. Hope this helps.

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What is the definition of piebald Rat Terrier?



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.


Piebald means it has a white base coat with coloured areas over the white. Piebald describes a pattern and isn't a color.

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Is a Rat Terrier a good dog to have? We were thinking of getting a Rat Terrier.

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Anonymous poster #3, how funny that you say your Rattie understands English. My husband says that about our girl Thistle all the time and it is so true. We are not active peeps, just do some walking here and there now and then and our Rattie girl is happy as can be. this is by far the best dog I have ever had. easy to care for, no health issue though she did get a rattle snake bite when she was two, she blows her coat about once a year, but other than that shedding is minimal compared to my hubby's Boston Terrier. She is smart and sensitive and oh so loving.


My girl will be 10 shortly and she is by far the best pup I have ever had. Great temperament, mindful, non-destructive, easily trained, litter box trained to boot and what a guard dog. She is TDI trained and travels everywhere with me. Is not A YAPPER either. Self-motivated, independent. She understands when spoken to gets please and thank you and can even identify what item or color you are referring to when asking her to fetch.


If you decide you want a rat terrier pup, make sure you socialize them early and often, because if you don't, they can become aggressive and very attached to you and not like anyone else to come around you and will bite, we have one that is that way.


I'm an elderly person and owned 5 different dogs of various breeds. Without a doubt, my Rosie is the best one. She is full blooded and a rescue dog. When I got her she was 11 years old. She will be 17 this July. The most loving dog I have ever seen or heard of. She loves babies and all women. She is very fit and 5 years ago she could jump flat footed on top of a 6' high wooden fence. She's only able to do 4 1/2 - 5 feet now. She does not like to be picked up but loves being a lap dog. Awesome hunter: rats, squirrels, snakes, opossum, coon, fox, ducks, pelicans, seagulls, osprey and fish. Loves to ride anything including boats. Great with a mullet net. You catch them, throw them on the beach and she will stack them and keep them a pile. Sadly I am looking for a female rat terrier puppy that she can train and looks like her. I know it's just a matter of time till she's gone and I can't quite get all of me into her replacement.


I'm in my 50's and a male. I had a type b Rat Terrier, Rico was about nine pounds but thought he was a pit bull. Best dog I ever had. I got Rico at seven weeks old and had him till he died at an early age of seven yrs old. His pancrease quit working. That was six months ago and haven't gotten over him, he was so smart, easy to train and loyal to a fault. He was around my grandkids from their birth and loved the kids. He was just a joy to have. Please don't hesitate to get a Rat Terrier. I'm looking again, I want a Rico2🐕


My rat terrier Cookie was a rescue that we had for 6-7 years before she passed on recently. She was the best dog we could have ever hoped for; gentle, loving, and fiercely loyal to my wife and daughters. Cookie so desperately wanted to be with us constantly and actualy wanted to learn to speak (unfortunately lack of vocal cords prevented this). We will definitely be looking for another ratter in the future.


I grieved for six months after I put my Miss Cricket to sleep. I recently rescued a 5 year old Rat and he has captivated my heart. The pain of not having Miss Cricket any longer has faded just a bit. Putting your best friend down is the hardest thing a human has to do. Yes, it's the right thing, but it hurts so very much. RIP Miss Cricket, till we meet again.


I just recently put my 11year old ratty down. He had dementia. One of thee hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I'm still grieving. The best dog I have ever had. Highly intelligent and loyal. And they do understand you.


I am grieving for our 15 yr old Rat Terrier that just recently passed. She was absolutely the best dog I have ever had; loving, gentle, loyal companion. She was the absolute joy of our home and we couldn't have had a better dog when our daughter was young.


I adopted my rat terrier four years ago. She was not wanted when her former owners divorced. She was grieving and not eating. She weighed seven pounds. Bella is the sweetest dog. She is loving and is kind with all people. Bella now weighs a healthy eleven pounds and is my companion. We are good for each other.

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Updated: 7/2/2022