Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier
Size
Small
Height
Miniature – 10 to 13 inches at the withers, Standard – 13 to 18 inches at the withers
Weight
Miniature – 4 to 6 pounds, Standard – 12 to 35 pounds
Coat
Short
Color
Any variation of pied patterning, including black, chocolate, red, apricot, blue, fawn, tan, or lemon
Energy
Medium
Activities
Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Earthdog, and Lure Coursing

Originally bred to be a multipurpose companion capable of hunting rats on the farm, today’s Rat Terrier is a happy-go-lucky, family-focused house dog. Friendly, curious and lovable, the Rat Terrier gets along well with children and other pets. A particularly loyal breed, he is active and playful, requiring moderate exercise to burn off excess energy. He is a seasonal shedder, but his smooth, close-lying coat requires minimal care.

Did you know?

A relatively new breed, the Rat Terrier was developed in 19th century America before gaining full AKC recognition in 2013.