Rat Terrier Dog Breed

The Rat Terrier is a cheerful, family-oriented housedog that was originally designed to be a versatile companion capable of hunting rodents on the farm.


The Rat Terrier gets along well with kids and other animals and is friendly, inquisitive, and affectionate. He is an especially devoted breed and needs light exercise to burn off his surplus energy because he is fun and active.


A breed within the Terrier family, the Rat Terrier contains both miniature and standard-sized dogs. These short-haired, alert-eared dogs are a delightful addition to any family, combining the roles of a portable, robust exterminator and a chic, carry-along companion.


12 to 18 years

Colour Collection

The coat of the Rat Terrier can be white or any one of a plethora of colours, including white.

Hair fall

Seasonally, the Rat Terrier periodically sheds. A shedding tool or rubber brush will assist in removing stray hair during seasonal shedding. A weekly brushing and a bath once a month should be sufficient to maintain a Rat Terrier’s short coat’s appearance.


Rat Terriers are generally healthy canines. Breeders that are responsible check their animals for heart and eye conditions as well as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation (loose kneecaps), and Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.

Breed History

The Rat Terrier breed was created by American farmers in the 19th century for one specific purpose: to exterminate rats. This American-born breed was very well-liked on American farms throughout the 1910s and 1920s.

The Rat Terrier’s function as farm pest management was significantly altered as more farmers began using poison to kill rodents. Fortunately, people still value these versatile canines as hunting companions, watchdogs, henhouse keepers, and playmates.


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