Rat Terrier Facts
- mini: 10" - 13"
Standard: 13" - 19"
- 10-25 lbs for both size variations.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
This breed originated in the United States.
Date Of Origin
The rat terrier developed in the 1800's.
The rat terrier was descended from terriers brought over by working class English immigrants, including the smooth fox terrier, Manchester terrier, and now extinct English white terrier. The rat terrier was bred to control rats, as well as to provide entertainment in the blood sport of ratting. It was later crossed with whippets, Italian greyhounds and beagles. The breed was popularized by Teddy Roosevelt, who often hunted with rat terriers.
The rat terrier is a small to medium size, muscular dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a wedge shaped head, and the skull and muzzle are of equal length. The nose is black or self colored and the eyes are prominent. The ears are button, tipped, or erect and V-shaped. The tail may be docked, naturally long and curved upward, or a natural bob. Coat colors range from solid white, to bi-color or tri-color, with white and black, tan, brown, blue, blue fawn, apricot, or yellow.
The rat terrier is an energetic, curious, and intelligent dog. It is game and tenacious when hunting but affable and affectionate at home. It gets along with children, other dogs and cats.
This breed was used as a hunter, a ratter and a companion over the years. Today it is seen mostly as a companion.
Allergies, bite problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, mange.
This dog can adapt to mist living situations, however it does require daily exercise to keep it healthy and happy.
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The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle