Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is an American dog breed that used to be common on family farms throughout the USA. In the past they were used as farm dogs and hunting companions, but today they’re considered a rare breed. This is a fairly small dog, usually between 10 and 25 lbs, and they do well with a Medium PlexiDor dog door.

Rat Terriers come in a variety of coat colors and patterns and are often mistaken for Jack Russells. They are intelligent and active dogs who make wonderful family pets.

The name comes from the occupation of its earliest ancestors who arrived to the USA in the 16th century; they were used for controlling vermin and hunting small game. During the years they have been bred for speed and working abilities, and this history distinguishes them from many other types of dogs. In many cases a breed developed from a small number of founding dogs, but the Rat Terrier stems from a large number of breeds and benefits from genetic diversity.

These dogs have a definite terrier personality, but they’re usually calmer than Jack Russells, and they love lounging on the sofa almost as much as zooming around the yard. They are known for being sensitive, easy to train, and healthy. Like all active and intelligent breeds they require company and stimulation.

The PlexiDor Medium is the right size dog door for Rat Terriers.

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