Rat Terrier

Life expectancy

16 years

Age adult

10 months

Height (Shoulder height)

38 cm


8 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / smooth

Coat color

white, brown&white, black&white, tricolor, fawn & white, blue & white

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / eye diseases

Food expenses per month in €

about € 26

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs more exercise


friendly / alert / active / likes hunting / intelligent / stubborn / lively

Bred for

rat and mouse hunting

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / eye diseases

Dog type according to FCI

not FCI approved

FCI description

Not FCI Approved

Short description

The Rat Terrier has a lively and active nature, which he shows off during the day. He is very playful and likes to be in nature roaming around and looking for new adventures. He is very curious and is eager and quick to learn, hence suitable for different dog-sports.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.