Rat terrier breed | Facts & Information

# Rat Terrier Breed | Facts & Information

Rat Terrier Breed | Discover Fascinating Facts and Information About Rat Terrier Breed

Temperament: active, alert, intelligent, loving

Origin: USA.

Group: Terrier

Weight: 5-11 kg

Height: 25 - 46 cm

Dressage: easy to train

Care: easy to care for

Health: generally healthy

Chickens: 5-7 chickens

Average age: 15 – 18 years

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Rat Terrier Breed

Rat Terrier Breed









Colors: tricolor, black and white, white, white-blue, white-brown

Other names: Feist, American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant, RT, RatRattie, R-pooble


The Rat Terrier breed is native to America. Although it is a rare breed, it is generally a common breed on farms in America from the 1920s to the 1930s. The name of this breed was given by the 26th president of America, Theodore Roosevelt.

The breed originally appeared in 1820 in the UK as a result of crossing between Fox terrier and Manchester terrier. Then it was brought to america and in 1910 it was improved to be faster, crossing with the Italian Whipet and Greyhound breeds.

In other areas of the country other breeders crossed the breed with beagles to improve hunting skills. The resulting breed, which can be found today, is healthy, intelligent and adaptable. Meanwhile, a miniature variety emerged resulting from crossing with chihuahua.

The breed was officially recognised by the UKC on 1 January 1999 and by the AKC on 1 July 2010. Today the breed is recognized by several canine clubs (APRI, UKC, CKC, NKC, UKCI, NRTR, ACR, RTCI, RTBA, ACR, DRA, etc.)

It can be found in foreign literature under the following names: American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant, RT, Rat, Rattie, etc.

Feeding Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier is in active dog that consumes a lot of energy. The meals of this dog are somewhat larger than other breeds of its size. It needs quality protein, vitamins and minerals. At least 30% of protein must come from meat, fish or both. In addition to meat, carbohydrates should be found in the food.

The health of the dog can be seen in the health of the coat and the level of activity. Beware of food because, although it is a breed that tolerates food much better, there is a chance of developing allergies to a food or two.

It is recommended to keep the animal under observation if you give it grain, corn or soybean feed for longer. They are not recommended in large quantities because his stomach digests these foods harder. With age the energy level decreases and you have to adapt the amount of food according to your needs.

In the cold period, such as winter, you can supplement the portions of food with fat. Water should be at your discretion so that the quadruped can quench his thirst when he feels the need.

He is used to hunting rodents so don't be surprised if you see him chasing squirrels, Gophers or other animals.

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Appearance Rat Terrier

The American Rat Terrier is a small, compact, muscular and strong dog.

The head is relatively small, the nose is black and the ears pointed upwards. The tail can be long or short. The coat is short and thick.

This can yellow, reddish, black, white and brownish colors. The classic coloring is known as black tricolor, a small three colors (black, brown and white). Two-colored specimens can also be found.

It can weigh between 5 and 10kg and shoulder height of 35-45 cm.

Behavior Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is an intelligent, active dog, valued for its activity against pests (mice and other small animals) and as a pet.

The Rat Terrier is a suitable dog for single, active people or active families who like to move. It is said to have the energy of three dogs and create a strong bond with the master.

It is a funny and affectionate dog that tolerates children very well. They have a loving personality, but in case of danger bark to alert the Masters.

Rat terrier breed is a constructive breed, likes various games and loves to perform various tasks to keep their senses sharp.

Training Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier is a dog that can be easily trained. He likes to please you so much if you pay attention to him. It is a hunting dog or a very good family companion.

If properly trained they can be helpful in catching rodents.

It can be a jogging or hiking companion that you can rely on.

Without proper training he can be stubborn. Few dogs can be trained like a rat terrier. He does a lot of things with pleasure because he has a lot of energy. Training a rat terrier is easier than in other breeds of terrier dogs.

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Features Rat Terrier

If raised in the home, the American rat terrier needs, in addition to a daily walk, 30 minutes of exercise to keep fit.

Short fur does not show any maintenance problems, a light brushing of 2-3 per week is enough. Do not step on the paws because the bones are small and fragile.

It is often confused with the Jack Russell Terrier dog breed. You have to keep in mind that the two breeds have different behaviors, different looks and are less aggressive than Jack Rusell dogs.

Rat Terrier Diseases

The rat terrier is generally a healthy breed of dog. The most common conditions are hip dysplasia and allergies.

Thanks to crossing with healthy breeds of Dogs, The rat Terrier has an enviable average life span that can reach 15-23 years.

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