The Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is an energetic breed who is perpetually ready to play, at the drop of a hat. This playful natures coupled with their affection they shower on their family, makes them a good candidate for a family pet. The most appealing quality of the Rat Terrier is its ability to communicate. The Terriers use their paws and voice to get your attention. This usually happens when they’re being ignored and what to be involved with what you’re doing.

Rat Terrier dogs require a lot of exercise and if you have an enclosed backyard, love to run around and expend their energy. A daily walk is a must along with the occasional game of catch and fetch. These Terriers love water and swimming as well as destroying their toys by shredding them to pieces. Known to chase after small animals, it’s advised to put them on a leash when outdoors.

The Rat Terrier breed are easy to train and housebreak, since they are eager to please you; respond well to rewards, treats and praises. Their hunting instinct makes them good watchdogs and is quick to bark at the slightest sound or smell of an intruder. In addition, they also get along well with other house pets, including cats, but not rodent pets.

When it comes to children, they are patient and tolerant if they’re raised with them from puppyhood. As long as they know how to treat them well, the Terriers will prove to be excellent playmates for the children.

Appearance:

Average Height-

13-18 inches

Average Weight-

10-22 lbs

Care & Appearance:

Grooming: The Rat Terrier requires an occasional brushing but to avoid shedding all over the house, you might want to brush them once every 2 days.

History:

In the 1920s and 30s, the Rat Terriers were a common American breed found on farms. Working class British immigrants are said to have brought the Terriers to the American shores, which were then bred with other terriers such as the Whippet, and the Italian Greyhound, etc. Initially used to hunt vermin and other small animals, over time, the breed has become a rarity. They are being revived only recently and in 2004, were admitted to the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service.

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