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Rat Terrier Profile

Country of Origin:

United States. PLEASE NOTE: This breed has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS). This is simply an avenue to maintain reputable records regarding the breed’s development. This breed is not eligible for AKC (American Kennel Club) registration.


13 - 18 inches. Weight: 5 - 35 lbs.


The coat is short, dense, and smooth, with a sheen. Whiskers are not removed.


This dog is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, and sensitive, and fearless.


The Rat Terrier has sometimes been described as having a dual personality. He is a fearless, tenacious hunter with seemingly unlimited energy. When he is not hunting, however, the Rat Terrier is an exceptionally friendly companion, getting along well with children, other dogs, and even cats.


When it is shedding, use a rubber brush to remove dead hairs.


The Rat Terrier is an energetic, alert dog whose curiosity and intelligence make him easy to train.


Rat Terriers enjoy human companionship immensely and will enthusiastically share any activity with their owners.