Rat Terrier dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: USA
- Group: Terrier
- Weight: 5 - 11 kg
- Height: 25-46 cm
- Colors: tricolor, black, white, blue and white, brown and white
- Training: easy to train
- Grooming: easy to groom
- Temperament: active, alert, intelligent, loving
- Health: generally healthy
- Litter size: 5 - 7 puppies
- Lifespan: 15 - 18 years
- Other names: Feist, American Rat Terrier, Terrier ratting, Decker Giant, RT, RatRattie, R-pooble
Rat Terrier dog breed is native to America. Although it is a rare breed in general it is a common breed farms in America since the 1920s - 1930s the breed was given the name of 26th American president, Theodore Roosevelt.
Race took originally appeared in 1820 in the UK as a result of a cross between Fox terrier and Manchester terrier. Then it was brought to America in 1910 and has been improved to be faster, crossing the breeds Whipet and Italian Greyhound.
In other parts of the country other breeders cross breed beagle to improve hunting skills. The resulting breed, which can be seen today, is healthy, intelligent and adaptable. Meanwhile it appeared a miniature variety resulting cross with chihuahua.
The breed was officially recognized by UKC 1 January 1999 and 1 July 2010. Today AKC breed is recunocuta several clubs canine (APRI, UKC, CKC, NKC, UKCI, NRTR, ACR, RTCI, RTBA, ACR, DRA , etc.)
It can be found in foreign literature under the following names: American Rat Terrier, Terrier ratting, Decker Giant, RT, Rat, Rattle, etc.
Food Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier dog is actively consuming energy. This dog meals are somewhat higher than other breeds of its size. It needs quality protein, vitamins and minerals. At least 30% of protein should come from meat, fish or both. Besides meat carbohydrate food must be found.
Dog's health can be seen in the coat health and activity level. Attention to food because although it is a breed that tolerates much better food, there is a chance to develop a food allergy or two.
It is recommended to keep the animal under observation if you are giving feed on grains, corn and soybeans longer. Not recommended in large quantities because his stomach longer to digest these foods. With aging energy level drops and you must adapt the amount of food as needed.
In the cold, as winter can supplement the food with fat portions. Water should be freely available for the dog to quench her thirst when he feels the need.
It used to hunt rodents so do not be surprised if you see catch chasing squirrels, ground squirrels or other animals.
Description Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier American breed of dog is a small dog, compact, muscular and strong.
The head is relatively small, black nose and ears is facing up. The queue can be long or short. The coat is short and dense.
This can colors yellow, red, black, white and brown. Classic black color is known as tricolor, a small three colors (black, brown and white). Copies can be found and bicolor.
Can have between 5 and 10kg weight and height of 35-45 cm at the shoulder.
Behavior Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier dog is an intelligent, active, valued for activity against pests (mice and other small animals) and as a pet.
Rat Terrier is a dog suitable for single people, active or active families who like movement. How energy is said to have three dogs and creates a strong bond.
It is a funny and affectionate dog who tolerate children well. Have a loving personality, but in case of danger bark to alert their owners.
Rat terrier breed is a breed constructive likes various games and loves to perform various tasks to keep their senses sharp.
Training Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier is a dog that can be trained easily. He likes pleases you so much if you pay attention. It is a hunting dog or a very good family companion.
If trained properly can be helpful in catching rodents.
It can be a jogging or hiking companion that you can rely on.
Without proper training can be stubborn. Few dogs can be trained as a rat terrier. It can do many things with pleasure because it has a lot of energy. Training a rat terrier is easier than other breeds of terrier dogs.
Characteristics Rat Terrier
If grown indoors, rat terrier dog American needs, besides daily exercise of 30 minutes of exercise to keep fit.
Short hair shows no maintenance problems, a slight brushing 2-3 times a week is sufficient. Do not you step on to the small bones paws are small and fragile.
It is often confused with Jack Russel Terrier dog breed. You should remember that the two breeds have different behaviors, different look and are less aggressive than Jack Russell dogs.
Health Rat Terrier
Rat terrier dog breed is generally a healthy breed of dog. Diseases most common are hip dysplasia and allergies.
Due to interbreeding with healthy breeds of dogs, rat terrier has an enviable average life span that can reach 15 to 23 years.