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The Rat Terrier

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

RAT TERRIERIt’s name is deceiving and probably can be a factor when it comes to adoption.  It reality, the Rat Terrier is an intelligent, alert and loving dog. Don’t let it’s name fool you, these affectionate dogs make excellent companions especially if you enjoy a dog who’s energetic.  They are very good with children. The ideal situation is to raise him as a puppy with children.  While they are usually friendly with strangers, they still make very good watchdogs. They are easy to please and can be trained very easily.  The Rat Terrier will probably follow you all around because they like to go where you go. If you want to take him to the beach or lake, he’ll amaze you on how well he could swim. They have a true terrier nature but are not “yappy” dogs.

Rat Terriers will do well in apartments as long as they get about 20 – 30 minutes of exercise per day. They also  like games so make sure you let him fetch and run around often. It’s best if they have a yard because they love to dig  but make sure that he cannot dig a hole under your fence, he will get out!

Rat Terriers are also easy to groom. An occasional brushing  or combing to remove the dead hair is usually all that he needs. Their life expectancy is between 15 – 18 years so he will be your  true companion for a long time.

I would like to thank Anthony, a student at the elementary school that I teach at for giving me the idea to write about a Rat Terrier.

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