Terrier Dog Breeds

Terrier Dogs

Terrier dogs is a breed designation used by Kennel clubs. The list of terrier dogs consists of most, but not all, terrier dog breeds, and even contains a non-terrier dog. Terrier dogs vary in size and appearance from small, light bodied, smooth coated dogs such as the Smooth Fox Terrier, to the largest rough coated Airedale Terrier.

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Rat Terrier Dog

Introduction

The Rat Terrier, also known as the American Rat Terrier, the Decker Giant, and the Feist, is a breed of dog in the Terrier Group. The Rat Terrier is an excellent all around working dog and family pet, and as long as they are exercised properly they are calm and quiet in the home. The Rat Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1999, and the breed is currently under review for recognition by the American Kennel Club. The Rat Terrier was accepted in the AKC Foundation Stock Service in 2005.

There are three different sizes of Rat Terriers: the standard, the mid-sized, and the toy. Their height ranges from 8 to 23 inches tall at the shoulders, and their weight is between 4 and 35 pounds.

Temperament

The Rat Terrier is a very intelligent, playful, sociable, and hard working little dog. They are exceptionally easy to train, and they love to pick up on new tricks because of their eager to please personality. These terriers will get along great with children and dogs as long as they are properly socialized, and they make very good watch dogs. The Rat Terrier can be reserved with strangers, but usually only within the first few minutes of their introduction.

Rat Terriers are very energetic and playful breeds. These traits, combined with their intelligence, make daily exercise, play, and plenty of mental stimulation a must for the Rat Terrier. This breed also loves to dig as well, and their yard should be spot checked frequently for any signs of working escape tunnels. As long as these needs are fulfilled, the Rat Terrier will be a lazy couch potato inside the home.

Health

This is an extremely long lived and healthy breed with an average life expectancy of 15 to 18 years. Currently there are no known increased health risks associated with the breed, though allergies, hip dysplasia, and luxating patellas have been reported.

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