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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!
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
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