Description: The Rat Terrier is small, powerful, very intelligent, great for sports, utility or companion dog. Very loyal, loving, protective of their loved ones and possessions, and also a great hunter and comedian if the occasion calls. Rat Terriers are very low maintenance and once you have one...you've got to have another! With lots of praise Rat Terriers 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: Rat Terriers are semi active, easily trained, sociable, loving, loyal
With Children: Yes, Very protective and loving of children it lives with.
With Pets: Yes, whatever a Rat Terrier is raised with, it will love and protect.
Watch-dog: High, very sensitive and ALERT to sounds, great alarm dog.
Guard-dog: Medium, very protective and alert.
Care and Training: Rat Terriers are low maintenance, need little grooming, easily
trained with positive reinforcement.
Learning Rate: High, fast learning rate, highly intelligent.
Living Environment: Rat Terriers prefer to be inside with their family, but can be
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, they 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.
Registries: UKC, UKCI, NRTR, CKC