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Breed Group: Terrier Group Height Male: 14-23 inches (35½-58½ cm.)
Breed Size: Small Height Female: 14-23 inches (35½-58½ cm.)
Breed Origin: USA Weight: 12-35 pounds (5½-16 kg.)
A Rat Terrier's coat is short and smooth with dense, shiny fur. You'll see it in several colors and combinations of colors, including white, black with tan or rust, white and black or tan, red, lemon, blue, chocolate and orange. Ticking (intermittent spots) and dark colors are seen too. Generally speaking, all Rats have white markings.

With training, socialization, and a certain forgiveness of their "bad" habits, the intelligent Rat Terrier can be an invaluable member of your family. Thanks to the efforts of breeders and fanciers alike, the Rat Terrier survived his time as a lesser-known breed and is growing in popularity again.

As you'd expect, Rat Terriers exhibit all the behaviors--and stubbornness--of a typical terrier. For example, they dig. Digging is an inherent trait in Rat Terriers and they will spend a great deal of time digging in your yard and garden in an urgent quest to reach China by nightfall. Don't despair. Give him one area in the yard to dig up to his heart's content and he'll be fine. He just has to learn what area is his, and he's smart enough to do so.

The Rat Terrier is an American breed developed from a mixture of crosses of Fox Terriers, Old English White Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Bull Terriers, Beagles and others. The resulting smooth-coat Terriers are of small to medium size, muscular and medium boned. Originally bred primarily to hunt, protect and guard against vermin on farms, the Rat Terrier has a strong jaw and is known for his quick and agile movements. During the early 1900s, the Rat Terrier was one of the most common farm dogs and used to hunt Jack Rabbits that were infesting the crops of the Midwest. At this time, farmers started introducing Whippets and Italian Greyhounds into the breed in order to increase the Rat Terrier's speed and versatility.
If you are considering a Rat Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases.
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Rat Terrier

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