Rat Terrier is a well-muscled little pet. Here is your informative A-list of Rat Terrier. Rat Terrier is also known as American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Feist and Decker Giant. This dog breed is originated from Great Britain in 1820, it was crossing between Manchester Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier. In the 1890s, Rat Terrier was brought to the United States, it became popular and the American breeder crossed this dog breed with Beagle, Chihuahua, Smooth Fox Terrier and Whippet. They want Rat Terrier has hunting instincts as Beagle and the speed like Whippet.

Facts about Rat Terrier

  • Temperament – Rat Terrier is intelligent, energetic, lively and alert dog, they are good little watchdog for family. This dog breed can be stubborn at times, it is good to start socialization and training at puppyhood, Rat Terrier puppies are capable to pick up training easily. They can get along well with children and other pets as cat. Rat Terrier is just like pure terrier, it has fearless nature. Rat Terrier is friendly and easy to warm up with human; they make a good companion for single person home as they like to please their owner often. Rat Terrier is a good swimmer. They are not yappy as Chihuahua.
  • Appearance – Rat Terrier has a short muzzle ended with a small black nose. The ears of Rat Terrier are normally tipped or upright. When Rat Terrier is alert, the ears are carried erect. They have compact and muscular body comes with deep chest. Rat Terrier has long skinny but powerful legs. They can have short or full length tail. They come in two sizes which are the standard and miniature. The coat of Rat Terrier is short and required minimum grooming. They are just same as Chihuahua, they need sweater for cold climate.









Rat Terrier Breed Information

Size Medium or miniature
Height 35 -58cm for standard (male and female), 20cm for miniature (male and female)
Weight 5 -16kg for standard (male and female), 3kg for miniature (male and female)
Colour Solid red, black and tan, red brindle and white, black tricolor, blue and brown tricolors
Group Terrier Breed Dog
Life Span 15 – 18 years
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed and they like to roam around
Grooming Requirements Brush them occasionally. They are light shedder.
Environment Indoor or small fenced yard
Barking Medium
Recognition APRI, DRA, ACT, RTBA, UKC, CKC, ACR, RTCI, NRTR, UKCI


Rat Terriers have no common health issue and they are one of the long life dog breed.

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