22 May, 2016
Rat Terrier Dog
Rat Terrier Dog
With training, socialization, and a certain forgiveness of their “bad” habits, the intelligent Rat Terrier can be an invaluable member of your family. Thanks to the efforts of breeders and fanciers alike, the Rat Terrier survived his time as a lesser-known breed and is growing in popularity again. He makes an excellent watchdog and is the ultimate farm dog; his strong jaws and quick movements were invaluable to farmers in eradicating rats and other small vermin from farms. He is often mistaken for a smooth-coated Fox Terrier or a Jack Russell, but owners and breeders alike know of all the wonderful traits that make the Rat Terrier unique.
As you’d expect, Rat Terriers exhibit all the behaviors–and stubbornness–of a typical terrier. For example, they dig. Digging is an inherent trait in Rat Terriers and they will spend a great deal of time digging in your yard and garden in an urgent quest to reach China by nightfall. Don’t despair. Give him one area in the yard to dig up to his heart’s content and he’ll be fine. He just has to learn what area is his, and he’s smart enough to do so. Be aware: this Houdini Hound has the intelligence and drive to figure out how the key to freedom. It’s best to be with him in the yard rather than letting him enjoy it at his solitary leisure. He should wear a collar and tag at all times, as well as be microchipped, because if he starts running you’ll never catch up. He may be little, but he’s fast. He can jump high too, so a 5- or 6-foot fence is a good idea. The shrill “yipping” of a Rat Terrier is discernible from that of other dogs. If you live in an apartment or a neighborhood that has noise rules, take his instinct to bark into account while doing your research. Also remember that were bred to be quick runners and need the space and time to exercise that drive. When training a Rat Terrier, take into account that although they are highly intelligent, they can also give new meaning to the word “stubborn.”
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