This high energy, small breed dog is the enemy of vermin. They’re also escape artists who will play Houdini with your snacks if you’re not careful. While they do require extensive exercise and obedience training, they are warm, intelligent, and faithful family pets. With a little (lot) of patience and some latitude on misbehavior, they will be loyal as long as they live.
1. Rat Terriers 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Rat Terrier Temperament and Training
3. Rat Terrier Diet and Feeding
Rat Terrier Diet
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Rat Terrier Weight
Rat Terriers generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Rat Terriers. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Rat Terrier with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.