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.

Our Price:  Registered:  $NA; Non-Registered:  $50

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.

Activity: Moderate

Living Environment: Rat Terriers prefer to be inside with their family, but can be outdoors.

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.

Class: Terrier

Registries: UKC, UKCI, NRTR, CKC

The Rat Terrier has a smooth, short coat that requires little in the way of grooming. Dead hair should be removed, and this can be done with an occasional brushing. Coat Type: The coat is smooth and short requiring very little grooming. Being a short-haired breed they DO shed. Living inside the home, (heating and extended periods of light further stimulates them to shed.) They’ll require a frequent brushing wi th a soft brush or a rubber curry mitt to remove dead hair to help alleviate shedding, which is normally heavier in the spring and fall, or after whelping or seasonal heat cycles. If your dog does shed excessively, your vet can do a blood panel. Blood panels are now recommended once a year to help screen for heath problems, both real and potential. An occasional bath with a thorough rinse, along with the cleaning of the anal glands and a nail trim are occasionally necessary as with any other breed. (Bluing/brighteners are OK, and will brighten the white markings, but watch colognes. Hives are reported.)

It is recommended that you occasionally take your dog to a groomer to have this done. In the event you have to board your dog, it will be accustomed to being left there, knows the staff, and knows you’ll be coming back. When you do take your dog to the groomer, tell them to please “leave the whiskers”! They help aid the individual in many ways, just as a cat’s whiskers do, and dog’s that are “shown” in conformation, are done so “au naturel”.