Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-18 years
Weight: Male: 5-12, Female: 4.5-11
Height: Male: 10-13, Female: 13-18
Origin of Name: The Rat Terrier is an American dog breed with a background as a farm dog and hunting companion.
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Here is a breed that says in front of what they are doing: Rat terriers are terriers born to kill mice. A good rater was standard equipment on old-time farms, where a rodent infection could mean the difference between having enough grain in the winter and staying hungry. But practical-minded farmers expected their dogs to outnumber experts, so RTs also earned their upkeep as all-purpose hunting partners, watchdogs, poultry, and strong childhood companions.