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Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier

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 this Breed

Members of the Rat Terrier dog breed are adorable little digging escape artists who are true terriers: feisty, funny, energetic, lively, vermin-chasing, and incapable of being boring. Stubborn as all get out, they 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 his own best interest. He’s an American tradition just like apple pie, but watch your plate or you may find you’re missing dessert.

Rat Terriers on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Rat Terrier ancestry.

  • Ruby

    Ruby

    Takodah the Tornado

    Takodah the Tornado

    Milo

    Milo

    Taylor

    Taylor

  • Katie

    Katie

    KnD

    KnD's Solo Man

    Bella

    Bella

    Pete

    Pete

  • Ava

    Ava

    Bode

    Bode

    Jameson

    Jameson

    Coldwater Loose

    Coldwater Loose 'Cuda O'Sands

Favorite Names

For Male

  1. Jack
  2. Cooper
  3. Buddy
  4. Max
  5. Oliver
  6. Charlie
  7. Toby
  8. Rocky
  9. Milo
  10. Ollie

For Female

  1. Lucy
  2. Luna
  3. Penny
  4. Bailey
  5. Daisy
  6. Bella
  7. Lola
  8. Rosie
  9. Sadie
  10. Maggie