Members of the Rat Terrier dog breed are adorable little digging escape artists who are true terriers: feisty, funny, energetic, lively, vermin-chasing, and incapable of being boring. Stubborn as all get out, they are not big on pleasing people, but the people who love them laugh all the time. The Rat Terrier is the ideal farm dog that he was always intended to be. President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have given the breed its name after his own terrier had eradicated the rat infestation at the White House; clearly, the Rat Terrier excels as a public servant — as long as it’s in his own best interest. He’s an American tradition just like apple pie, but watch your plate or you may find you’re missing dessert.

Key Vitals of Rat Terrier Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Rat Terrier Dog Terrier Dogs 1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 4 inches tall at the shoulder 45 to 70 pounds 13 to 18 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means Rat Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means Rat Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in General Health. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Size.. This means Rat Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

Rat Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means Rat Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means Rat Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intensity. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Rat Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means Rat Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Terrier Dogs

Height

1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 4 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

45 to 70 pounds

Life Span

13 to 18 years

Highlights

Lots of visitors to your home? Though devoted to his family, the Rat Terrier takes time to warm up to strangers.A propensity for digging combined with a high prey drive means your Rat Terrier will leap over — or dig under — any fence he can.A Rat Terrier has lots of energy; you should be able to spend at least 40 minutes a day exercising your dog. If you do not, the Rat Terrier can become destructive as a way to release pent up energy.They need plenty of mental stimulation too. A bored Rat Terrier will resort to barking and chewing if he doesn’t receive it.The Rat Terrier’s compulsion to chase doesn’t make him the best choice for an off-leash dog. Even the most well-behaved are likely to ‘forget’ their training in the face of tantalizing prey.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.