Rat Terrier

  • Size

  • 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

  • Color

    Any variation of pied patterning, including black, chocolate, red, apricot, blue, fawn, tan, or lemon
  • Energy

  • Activities

    Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Earthdog, and Lure Coursing
  • Indoor/Outdoor


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.

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