At A Glance

Size: Standard & Minature

Weight: No weight limit

Height: 10" - 13" (Minature)
18" (Standard)

Life Span: 15 - 18 years

Rat Terrier

Also know as:

Group: Terrier

Origin: United States

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: This breed is a mix of old time Fox Terriers and other European Terriers common in the 19th century. By the early 1900s, the Rat Terrier was one of the most common farm dogs used for ratting, hunting varmints and other related work.

Today, Rat Terriers come in two size divisions: Standard and Miniature. Neither size has weight limits but do have size limits. Miniatures should be at least 10 inches, but should not exceed 13 inches. Standards are over 13 inches, and up to 18 inches in height. The Rat Terrier is slightly longer than tall.

Temperament / Behavior
The Rat Terrier is a gentle dog with strong hunting instincts. The breed is generally friendly with other dogs, but may be reserved with strangers. Many excel in agility and obedience events.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Rat Terrier is an active breed that requires several long walks and play sessions per day.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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