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Rat Terrier

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: Farm and ranch dogs to hunt, protect and guard against vermin and varmints.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: 10 to 25 lbs
Size: Height: 13 to 18 inches
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Color: Black, blue or brown tricolor; red, sable, lemon, or other colors with varying amounts of white spotting. There may be ticking in the white parts of the coat.

General characteristics/temperament: The Rat Terrier is cheerful, active, and intelligent. They are very trainable, and "easier" than other terrier breeds for the average pet owner. They require extensive socialization from an early age, and are happiest if given a lot of mental stimulation and exercise.

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Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, rally, agility

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Recommended books for further reading:

Rat Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Alice J. Kane
Published in 2003
158 pages

Rat Terrier (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Linda Hibbard
Published in 1998
96 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Rat Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Rat Terrier Club of America Rescue

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