The Toy Rat Terrier Dog Breed
Life span: 13 – 18 years
Height: 8.5 – 11 in. (At Shoulder)
Origin: United States of America
Temperament: Loyal, Playful, Intelligent, Friendly, Spirited, Alert
Colors: Varies; every color you can imagine
Here is information on the (mini) or Toy Rat Terrier Dog Breed
Toy Rat Terriers are active and inquisitive hunters. They are intelligent, easy to train, need attention and understanding and will reward their owners with love and affection.
They are also: feisty, funny, energetic, lively, vermin-chasing, and not capable of being boring. My Toy Ratty is a little clown. They get along great with other dogs and some, like mine, love the water.
They make wonderful family pets, they like children and are generally friendly to everyone they meet.
Although small in stature, measuring approximately 8.5 in. to 11 in at the shoulder, in their own minds they are much larger! My Toy Rat Terrier (Lexi) is only 5 pounds and is very outgoing and wouldn’t hurt a fly…but she’s also a great watchdog. She lets me know whenever someone is coming around the house.
A good family pet, Rat Terriers are amazingly perceptive and intuitively respond to your moods. They have a great desire to please, love praise, and will follow you around the house. Bred to work all day on the farm, these little dogs need a lot of exercise.
Toy Rat Terrier care and grooming is similar to that for many short-haired dogs. They will require regular brushing and bathing and their toenails need to be checked from time to time, however, since they are such an active dog their toenails tend to stay short. As with all dogs, a Toy Rat Terrier’s ears may require cleaning on a regular basis. My little Lexi is super easy to bathe in the sink.
Your Toy Rat Terrier will require a securely fenced yard and will need to be walked on a leash. Due to their inquisitive nature they are likely to get into mischief if let out alone.
Toy Rat Terriers were bred to be hunting dogs (they love to hunt mice and rats) and their instinct is to work alone, unsupervised by man. This can make Toy Rat Terrier training an interesting experience! Training needs to be positive and fun; they are quick to pick up new things and do not respond to negative treatment. Because they have been bred to work alone they do not require constant approval as adult dogs, although as puppies they require a great deal of attention and will not like to be left alone during the day. Here is my article to prevent boredom for your dog.
You can expect your Toy Rat Terrier to live a long and healthy life – often to 13 years or more. They are strong and seldom get ill if properly cared for.
Your Toy Rat Terrier will consider itself to be a part of the family and will want to be with you wherever you are and whatever you are doing! I take Lexi all over the County and on road trips. She loves to go on hikes and swimming at the beaches and bay. She is also the best ball fetcher I’ve ever had! She will play fetch for hours and always drops the ball at my feet. I never trained her to do this. It was natural for her since she was a puppy.
Be sure to get your Toy Rat Terrier dog some toys of its own to play with. This can add a lot of fun and happiness to its life, but more importantly, getting the dog involved in family activities will have a positive effect on its mental state and happiness, not to mention wearing out all that energy!
They love to be taken for walks or a run along the beach. They get to look at different environments and interact with strangers and other dogs.
This social interaction is very important for the overall well being of your Rat Terrier dog and it is something that needs to be done on a regular basis.
Any time spent with your terrier dog, whether it is training or just enjoying playtime, is great for building a long and happy relationship.
Toy Ratty’s playing in the pool
More great information on the breed can be found here Rat Terrier Review
What experience have you had with a Toy Rat Terrier or the larger Rat Terrier? Please share your stories or comments below!