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The Rat Terrier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A multipurpose companion dog that is capable of hunting rodents and vermin above and below ground as well as coursing small game. He is a sturdy, compact, small-to-medium sized parti-colored dog giving the appearance of elegance and athleticism. His short, smooth coat may come in any variation of pied patterning. Pied is described as comparatively large patches of one or more colors in combination with white. Acceptable colors, with or without "tan points", include the predominate black, or chocolate, red, apricot, blue, fawn, tan, or lemon.

 

 
       

 

 

 

 

History of the Rat Terrier

     

The Rat Terrier was originally bred for ratting and farm work. It is an American breed that originated from a mixture of crosses by early immigrants of this country using old time Fox Terriers and other European Terriers common in the 19th century.

 

The Old English White Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Bull Terrier, etc., and later crossed with Beagles, more Smooth Fox Terrier, Toy Fox Terriers, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds and other available Feist breeds.

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training & Temperament

 

 

 

 

​Rat Terriers are happy-go-lucky, playful, long-lived pets. As farm dogs, they generally get on well with other dogs and livestock; but as terriers, small quick-moving animals like squirrels can fire up their engines. Home and family oriented, Rat Terriers are vigilant watchdogs. They can be wary of strangers but not adverse to friending their humans’ friends. Rat Terriers are among the most trainable of terriers, and sports like agility, flyball, and coursing are excellent ways to socialize them and burn off excess energy.

 

 

 

       

 

 

Want to learn more? Check out think link for the AKC Rat Terrier Breed Standard

         
 
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