Rat Terrier – Characteristics, Temperament, Health, Care & Training


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Rat Terriers are not the most common dog breed, but Rat Terriers are becoming more popular. Rat Terriers were originally bred to hunt rodents in the sewers of England. Rat terrier’s original purpose has made them an excellent house pet for people with allergies or asthma. Rat terriers have a variety of colors that make them attractive to potential owners looking for something different than a traditional black or brown dog. Rat terriers require grooming every few weeks and exercise on a regular basis in order to be happy and healthy when living indoors as pets.

Characteristics

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Rat terrier is one of the smallest breeds of dogs ever recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Rat terriers are easily recognized by their large ears, which stand straight up and are always alert. Rat terriers can be found in any color or pattern. Rat terriers do not shed very much because of the undercoat that they have to keep them warm while hunting rodents around sewers. Rat Terriers also require grooming every two weeks in order for their coats to stay healthy and clean. Longer coats tend to mat more often than shorter coats, so it is important that owners brush their rat terriers at least once per day if they need longer fur.

Rat Terriers are small to medium-sized dogs with a sturdy build and a short coat. They come in a variety of colors, including black, white, brown, blue, and tri-colored. Rat Terriers have an alert and spunky personality and make good family pets.

Health

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Rat Terriers weigh between twelve pounds and twenty pounds when fully grown, with a height between nine inches and fifteen inches tall. Rat Terriers have been known to live up to fifteen years when given proper care and nutrition. Rat Terriers are considered very healthy dogs, but like all breeds of dogs, they are susceptible to some health problems. Some common health problems Rat Terriers can experience include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and cataracts.

Temperament

Rat terriers are extremely active and playful dogs that love to be around their families. Rat terriers do well with children and other pets in the home as long as they have been properly socialized at a young age. Rat terriers are intelligent dogs that can be easily trained using positive reinforcement methods. Rat terriers excel in obedience, agility, rally, and tracking competitions. Rat terriers are not recognized by any major kennel club in the world, so owners must be careful when deciding to buy Rat Terrier puppies because it is possible that breeders could fraudulently advertise these dogs as Rat Terriers when they really are mixed breeds with no pure Rat Terrier ancestry.

Training

Rat Terriers are intelligent dogs that can be easily trained using positive reinforcement methods. Rat terriers excel in obedience, agility, rally, and tracking competitions. Rat terriers are not recognized by any major kennel club in the world, so owners must be careful when deciding to buy Rat Terrier puppies because it is possible that breeders could fraudulently advertise these dogs as Rat Terriers when they really are mixed breeds with no pure Rat Terrier ancestry.

When training a Rat Terrier, it is important to always use positive reinforcement methods such as treats and praise. Rat Terriers respond very well to clicker training, which uses a clicking noise to mark desired behaviors so the dog knows when it has done something correctly. Clicker training works best when training Rat Terriers because Rat terriers are very intelligent and like to be praised for doing something correctly. Rat terriers also have a high prey drive, which means that they like to chase small animals. Since Rat terriers are good at problem-solving, it is important to teach Rat terriers to only chase what has been designated as acceptable by their owners. Rat Terriers are easiest to train when they are very young puppies.

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