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Rat Terrier Info

Rat Terrier Breed Information

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Lifespan: 15-17 years Height: 10-18" Shedding: Lite Litter Size: 5-7 pups
Group: Terrier Weight: 8-25 lbs Hair Length: Short Size: Small

Breed Overview

The Rat Terrier is a Small dog breed, with a starting weight of 8 lbs that can reach 25 lbs. It is officially part of the Terrier group and recognized by the AKC, UKC. Some critical information for potential owners. The Rat Terrier breed has a typical lifespan of 15 to 17 years, Short hair, and have Lite shedding. Breeders interested in the Rat Terrier should know that the average litter size is between 5 to 7 puppies.

Rat Terrier Breed Characteristics

Group Terrier Drooler no
Size Small Guard Dog no
Origin England Easy to Train
Kid Friendly yes Hypoallergenic no
Stranger Friendly somewhat Active Indoors somewhat
Apartment Friendly yes Exercise Demands no
Pet Friendly no Yard Needs medium
Intelligent Grooming Requirements weekly
Barks Dangerous no

Rat Terrier Temperament

spunky and lively and require lots of exercise. They can also be quite vocal during playtime. Good with both children and the elderly, Rat Terriers make excellent watchdogs

Health Problems

few known health problems

Rat Terrier Coat

Rat Terrier Dog Colors

Tri- or bi-colored with white base predominant and any spot color acceptable; tan or rust point preferred; brindle, merle and any solid color other than white not allowed

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