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 American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 10-18in

Female: 10-18in

Weight

Male: 10-25lb

Female: 10-25lb

Fun Fact

The Rat Terrier was a common farm dog in the early 1900s, bred for catching barn rats in haystacks. Purportedly a rat terrier hold the record for most killed in a single infested barn: 2501 rats in 7 hours.

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.

  • Winds

    Winds

    Purebred

    Ruby

    Ruby

    Purebred

    Takodah the Tornado

    Takodah the Tornado

    Purebred

    Katie

    Katie

    Purebred

  • Ava

    Ava

    Purebred

    Jameson

    Jameson

    Purebred

    Isabelle

    Isabelle

    Purebred

    Tobey

    Tobey

    Purebred

  • Lui

    Lui

    Purebred

    Checkers

    Checkers

    Purebred

    Kevin

    Kevin

    Purebred

    Bella

    Bella

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

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

For Females

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

Common Locations

  1. Texas, United States
  2. California, United States
  3. Florida, United States
  4. Tennessee, United States
  5. Georgia, United States
  6. New York, United States
  7. Alabama, United States
  8. Illinois, United States
  9. North Carolina, United States
  10. Massachusetts, United States

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