About RTRC

About Rat Terriers

Rat Terriers are strong, very intelligent, and great for sports, utility or companion dog. Very caring, loving, protective of their family. Rat Terriers love to cuddle and are addictive, once you have one ... you've got to have another! With lots of praise Rat Terriers can be trained to do anything, they love to please. Ratties are a big dog in a small dog package and their favorite thing to do is any activity with their family!

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Did you Know?

History: Considered an all American Breed, they originated in England in 1820. The Rat Terrier was a cross between a Smooth Coat Fox Terrier and Manchester Terrier and Italian Greyhound, Bred and raised for sport of rat baiting, most Rat Terriers today still perform their jobs as mousers and ratters. Brought to the US in 1890, President Theodore Roosevelt introduced them while in the White house for pest control, and for their great companionship and hunting abilities.

Interesting Tidbit: Rat Terriers come in a rare, hairless variety as well, known as the American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Rat Terrier - Oopie

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How to Adopt

If you see a little one that pulls at your heartstrings, or even if you aren't sure which Rattie is for you and want to find out, please fill in our Application to start the process!


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