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Rat Terrier

Rat terrier

Breed Name: Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier dogs are intelligent, active and loving dog breeds. They are ideal farm dogs and loyal hunting companions. They do not like the strangers and take time to get mixed-up with them. They shed occasionally.

Nicknames: American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant

Origin: United States of America

Ancient Use: Rat catching

Type: Medium-sized dog

Built: Solid compact built

Appearance: They are found in different colors like Black, tan, chocolate, blue, grey Isabella (pearl), lemon and apricot. They are having long, thick, and strikingly corded white coat. They are found in small to medium size. They have deep chest, strong shoulders, solid neck and powerful legs. They have big, erected ears from the body proportion.

Temperament: Alert, intelligent and energetic

Height: Males 16 to 19 inches, Females 16 to 17 inches (Size varies from small to medium)

Weight: 10 to 25 pounds

Average Life: About 15 to 18 years

Species: Terriers

Barking Status: Active Barkers

Family Dog: They are good family dogs if they taken care properly. They are quite reserved in nature and do not get mixed-up with strangers.

Preferable Temperature: Wram/Hot weather

Active Breed: Yes

Member of: UKC, CKC

Socialization Status: Yes to some extent

Health Status: Rat Terrier Dogs are generally healthy, but like all breeds they are prone to Allergies, Patellar Luxatio, Demodectic Mange.

What to Feed:

Recommended daily amount: up to 2 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.

How to Care:

  • Needs daily brushing
  • Needs nails trimming twice in a month
  • Needs 30 minutes exercise daily

Rat terrier puppies


Sugandha is a devoted pet owner who owns two cats named Kai, Ritter & a Golden Retriever named Bracky. She is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion!. In an effort to strengthen the bond between people and their pets, she shares her knowledge by writing articles.

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