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Rat Terriers

asked 2015-03-10 17:44:24 -0500

Does anyone have any experience with Rat Terriers? Do they shed? I would love to hear your experience with the breed!

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I had a toy rat terrier and she shed, much more in spring. I loved my girl. She was cuddly and sweet and playful. She never ran away. I forgot her outside once for over an hour and I went outside in a panic to find her and she was sitting at the front door waiting for me.

Lisa Z.'s profile image Lisa Z.  ( 2015-03-16 20:29:22 -0500 ) edit

She loved to bark ... a lot. That was how she communicated. When staying at the vet and they would intercom up, she would answer. She would get in the middle of things and bark to break things up only because she thought the lowly dogs were ridiculous and she was not one of them.

Lisa Z.'s profile image Lisa Z.  ( 2015-03-16 20:29:35 -0500 ) edit

Rat terriers will shed but not to the extend of some other breeds. You can help this by brushing a few times a week, and even using the furminator. I have been around many and if they are highly socialized as puppies to people, places, animals, and even noises things then they are really awesome dogs.

Yvette V.'s profile image Yvette V.  ( 2015-08-16 00:12:30 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2015-07-08 19:45:51 -0500

Hi,

I have a mixed puppy (10 months) that is predominately rat terrier. He sheds, but not alot (of course my last dog was an american eskimo). He is VERY strong willed. He is a barker, but it is more like "talking." He demands that you engage him. Very big mischief maker. Agree about not letting them off leash. He slipped out of collar today and did laps around the apartment courtyard before he finally got tired enough to remember what "sit" and "stay" meant. However, he is also hilarious. He is always making me laugh and he can be very loving. I think rat terriers really think that life is supposed to be one big party and anything that gets in the way of that is simply not acceptable.

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answered 2015-03-11 10:52:38 -0500

Hi Amber. Rat Terriers remind me of Jack Russel's. Very energetic, curious, feisty and can be very stubborn. I use to joke the one I watch is like my children - selective hearing. They have the cat mentality - they need you only on their terms. They are big diggers and have a tendency to only pick up the bad habits (not good habits) of the other dogs I have visiting. He is absolutely not the type of dog that can be off the leash as he is a sprinter and his stubbornness will tell him he is free.. He is a barker. So if you have other dogs that might get anxious from the barking, might not be a good fit. I call my visitor the "party pooper". Whenever the other dogs are playing, he will come in the middle with his barking which looks like he is trying to break up the fun, however, that's his way of saying "i wanna play!".

These breeds are very low maintenance in terms of grooming. They do shed, however, you will tend to notice more shedding in the spring time.

Hope this helps a little. Rosie

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answered 2016-05-24 14:25:27 -0500

I consider myself somewhat of a Terrier Expert. I have owned trained and bred Min. Schnauzers and Airedales. I grew up with Airedales and Welsh and Irish Terriers. Rat Terriers are in alot of those breeds. I love their energy and they are very vocal. I think the Trick with all Terriers is to train them to want to do what you want them to do. Clicker firm voices yelling etc. never works. I even had someone using a pinch collar on an Airedale. Never works. My experience also includes feisty jack Russels One who was deaf and learned sign language. She was almost put to sleep at the shelter because of her barking. Terriers are not known for shedding. but can use brushing, I also use a detangler spray and gentle wire brush for their hair.

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answered 2015-07-27 22:18:55 -0500

I once heard a volunteer at a rescue group say that when it comes to dog hair, you have two options: 1- deal with shedding or 2- deal with groomers

both have their benefits and pit falls.

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answered 2015-07-23 18:40:51 -0500

My grandma has an overweight rat terrier that sheds up a storm. She now keeps her couches covered with blankets so the dog can sit on them. She is somewhat bossy to larger dogs, but very sweet to people and children. She's also a picky eater, but that might be a unique trait, not necessarily applicable to all rat terriers.

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Tobey is a picky eater as well.

Theresa G.'s profile image Theresa G.  ( 2015-07-26 19:12:06 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2015-07-21 22:29:03 -0500

I kept one and I found him to be pretty much perfect. adorable and sweet. I don't remember anything about abnormal shedding. The only amusing thing that I recall is that he would stop to poop as we were crossing busy NYC avenues! I think he did this more than once!

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answered 2015-07-20 15:12:48 -0500

I'm so glad someone asked about Rat Terriers because I feel like no one knows they exist. I have a rat terrier chihuahua mix. He is very energetic and always needs to be entertained. He is really sweet and has separation anxiety, but can also be very independent--as long as he knows you are near. He's very smart but sometimes only listens when it is to his advantage. He is a huge snuggler. He also barks a LOT. And he digs. He barks out of boredom, he'll whine when he wants something. In other words, he is really good at communicating when he needs something. He does shed but only mildly. He was a bit of a handful as a puppy, but now his main problem is barking. He also loves to run outside and chase things. He thinks he is bigger than he really is. I could go on and on, but that will tell you some things about my experience with rat terriers.

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answered 2016-05-29 08:55:21 -0500

rat terriers shed quite a lot but I have only seen rat terrier puppies.

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answered 2015-07-08 22:05:09 -0500

I've cared for a few rat terriers. Like so many breeds, there can be a range of behaviors and temperaments, influenced by training/home rules, canine siblings, and more. The rat terriers I've known have been great small dogs, low maintenance, and friendly.

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answered 2015-07-20 17:56:00 -0500

My dog is Jack Russel Rat Terrier mix and he is unlike any other Rat Terrier that I have ever watched. I don't know if it is the Jack in him, but you would assume that he would be off the wall between the two breeds. However, he is the most mellow little guy and just wants to be right next to you. He is very loyal and will never run away but because he loves people SO much, I will find that he will ignore my commands to stay when a person is near. He HAS to say Hi and then melts at their feet. People crack up.

I have watched two rat terriers and they were pretty much the same dog, haha. They are both vocal and a little skitish. They especially don't like men, so you might see that common thread. They have never lunged or bit, but do get nasty towards strangers, even kids so watch that. They are just protective. They have a napoleon complex going on. They are super loyal to the owner though and love to cuddle. Once they get used to the stranger/male, they will sit with them.

They do bark at surprise noises, leaving and entering. They are also extremely stubborn and don't listen to commands when they are in their watch dog mode. One is an absolute whiner and keeps us up at night, but it is only because he is spoiled and used to sleeping in the bed! He is really a sweet heart but they are tough sometimes and not a good dog if you like to host or want your dog to be around people alot. Just my experience! But then again, look at my dog! The complete opposite temperament.

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