AKC PuppyFinder: Rat Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Friendly, lovable, inquisitive; fearlessly game for just about anything
  • Energy Level: Very Active; A busy, active dog of seemingly boundless energy
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 10-13 inches (miniature), 13-18 inches (standard)
  • Weight: 10-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-18 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The name is as plain-spoken as the 19th century Americans who developed the breed. Rat Terriers were bred to kill rats and other vermin around the farm. And after a long day of farm work, they'd still have the energy to be a robust playmate. Your Rat Terrier puppy will be a bundle of curiosity and energy. Easily trainable, he excels at sports like lure coursing and agility. He's loving and loyal to his family, but may be reserved with strangers. He's at his best with lots of socialization, exercise and time with his family.

History & Job
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Origin: United States

Year Recognized: 2013

Breed History & Job Description: Here’s a breed that says up front what they’re all about: Rat Terriers are terriers bred to kill rats. A good ratter was standard equipment on old-time farms, where a rodent infestation could mean the difference between having enough grain to last the winter and going hungry. But practical-minded farmers expected their dogs to be more than specialists, so RTs also earned their keep as all-purpose hunting partners, watchdogs, henhouse guardians, and sturdy childhood playmates.

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Rat Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, cardiac and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Rat Terriers are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Cardiac Exam
  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthe Radiographic
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