Rat Terrier Information
Happy, curious and fearless, the Rat Terrier is a jolly, long-lived dog with a great sense of humor and a love of family. The breed is compact and sturdy, weighing up to 24 pounds, with an elegant, agile appearance. His smooth coat is most often white with or without markings of black, chocolate, red, apricot, fawn, tan, lemon or blue.
The Rat Terrier originated in America in the 1800s and comes from a mix of quite a few different breeds – Fox Terriers and other European Terriers of the time, plus Beagle, Toy Fox Terrier, Whippet, Italian Greyhound and more. The result is a versatile canine who makes a faithful hunting dog specializing in small game.