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Rat Terrier: Training & Key Characteristics of Rat Terrier Dog Breed (American Rat Terrier)
Also Known As: Ratting Terrier,
Feist, American Rat Terrier
About Rat Terrier
Country of Origin, History of the breed
In Great Britain, sometime
around the early half of 19th century, the
Rat Terrier was developed from the Smooth
Fox Terrier and the Manchester Terrier. And
in the later part of 19th century the breed
was brought to the United States of America.
Although, before coming to the USA, the Rat
Terrier was only available in black and tan
coat shades. However, in America, the Rat
Terriers were crossed with the Beagle, the
Whippet, the Smooth Fox Terriers and the Chihuahua.
The dog is expert at killing rats and is used
in farms for such purposes. It should be mentioned
here that the Rat Terrier found its name from
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A General Description of
The Rat Terrier has a compact,
adequately muscled body with its legs and shoulder
being sturdy and strong. The dog has pointed ears
with a tail that varies in sizes from one dog to
the other dog. Apart from the coat color being black
and tan, the other colors range from chocolate,
red, white, blue-white, sables and lemon with different
patterns like spots and freckles. The dog is also
seen in tricolors as well.
The average height of each of
the three sizes of the Rat Terrier are:
- Standard:14 to 23 inches
- Medium: 8 to14 inches
- Toy: 8 inches
The average weight of each of
the three sizes of the Rat Terrier are:
- Standard: 12 to 35 pounds
- Medium: 6 to 8 pounds
- Toy: 4 to 6 pounds
Temperament of the Breed
The Rat Terriers make adorable
and affectionate pets. They are a lively and energetic
breed that help them adjust among human families
easily. The Rat Terrier is sharp-witted and intelligent
by nature. Mostly good around children with whom
they have grown up, they are usually well-behaved,
playful and not the yapping type.
Training is fairly easy, owing
their eager-to-please, enthusiasm-to-learn and responsive
nature. Being a 'true-Terrier', the dog is territorial,
however, they are not aggressive towards strangers.
A fearless streak is seen in these dogs that make
them good watchdogs. Their vermin killing instinct,
has made them popular in farms and ranches. A bundle
of energy, they would love to run around with their
owners and even going with them to hunting.
How active is the breed?
Exercise is a must for the Rat
Terrier. Regular long walks for at least 20 minutes
or even more and occasional jogging is extremely
important for this dog. The Rat Terrier will love
to be included in playing fun games that involve
lots of jumping.
Grooming the Rat Terrier is extremely
easy, minimal and simple. The dog needs brushing
and combing done occasionally to dispose of the
dead hairs and to keep the skin germ free.
Unlike larger dogs, the Rat Terrier
don't suffer from diseases related to bones, eyes
or heart. However, the dog is said to suffer from
food, inhalant and contact allergies. The Rat Terrier
can also be sensitive to chemicals, worms, ticks
and flea bites, pet cosmetic products, etc. Rare
cases have been reported where the dog has suffered
from bad knees or luxating patellas.
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