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