The Rat Terrier is an American dog breed with a background as a farm dog and hunting companion.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
About the Rat Terrier
Members of the Rat Terrier dog breed are digging escape artists who are true terriers: feisty, funny, energetic, lively, vermin-chasing, and incapable of being boring. These stubborn dogs are not big on pleasing people, but the people who love them laugh all the time.
The Rat Terrier is the ideal farm dog that he was always intended to be. President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have given the breed its name after his own terrier had eradicated the rat infestation at the White House; clearly, the Rat Terrier excels as a public servant — as long as it’s in their own best interest.
An Embark Dog DNA Test looks at the following health conditions in Rat Terriers:
Rat Terriers on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Rat Terrier ancestry.