This playful dog gets along with children and likes to be near the family. It enjoys a challenging task to keep its mind busy. Some tend to bark.
Originating in America, the Rat Terrier's roots come from the Fox Terrier and many other Terrier types. They were used for their speed to chase away rabbits that threatened farmers' crops. Today they make great pets and companions. Rat Terriers are high energy, bouncy, and fun. They are very intelligent, however they may be stubborn to train. They are very adaptable to different energy levels-- they will cuddle on the couch but also play with children which makes them great family pets. They are also good pets to those who are active. To keep them content, Rat Terriers need a regular walk or play session each day. Their short coat requires minimal grooming, just occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
Breed Details & Traits
Weight: 12-35 lb
Lifespan: 15-18 years
Energetic, Intelligent, Playful,
Common Health Concerns for Rat Terrier:
Less Common Concerns for Rat Terrier:Return to Trupanion Pet Health Guide
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