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Rat Terriers

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Rat Terrier

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Average Height & Weight

The Rat Terrier is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 10 to 18 inches.

Weight: 10 to 25 pounds.

Females –Height: 10 to 18 inches.

Weight: 10 to 25 pounds.

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Rat Terrier


Typical Coloring

Rat Terriers are commonly black, chocolate, red, apricot, blue, fawn, tan, or lemon. They sometimes have white or tan markings





Rat Terriers are a smart, obedient and surprisingly sensitive breed, much more in tune with their owners’ needs and wants than other Terrier breeds. They are loyal to their owners and also quite playful.




Activity Level

Rat Terriers are a medium-energy breed and require a moderate amount of exercise!

Like most Terriers, if they do not get enough daily mental and physical stimulation, they become destructive. A long walk or brisk romp in the yard is sufficient.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

14 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Rat Terriers include allergies and primary lens luxation. Patellar luxation, cardiac abnormalities, canine hip dysplasia and Legg-Perthes are less common but still occur within the breed, while elbow dysplasia is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Rat Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Rat Terrier


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Rat Terriers make good family pets as long as they are socialized at a very young age. They can be shy with other dogs and household pets.




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