16 Fascinating Facts About Rat Terriers Every Owner Should Know

Once an English purpose breed between white terrier, beagle, and whippet for hunting and rat control. Immigrants took their dogs to the United States around the turn of the century, where they bred smooth-haired foxes, greyhounds, and beagles to create a finer, friendlier dog with a strong hunting instinct.

President Roosevelt owned the dogs and named them Rat Terriers. A short-legged variant goes by the name “Teddy Roosevelt Terrier”.

Rat Terrier

Other names: American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant, RT, Rat, Rattie

Origin: United States of America (USA)

Size: Small dog breeds

Group of terrier breeds, hybrid dogs

Life expectancy: 15-18 years

Temperament / Activity: Affectionate, Alert, Lively, Intelligent, Affectionate, Curious

Height at the withers: 25-40 cm (below 32.5 cm and above up to 40 cm).

Weight: 4.5-11kg

Dog coat: colors Black, tan, chocolate, blue, isabella (pearl), lemon, and apricot. Can be tricolor or bicolor, with at least

Hypoallergenic: no

#2 They are loyal and loving companions to people and often develop good relationships with children.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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