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The Basics on the Rat Terrier

When it comes to Rat Terriers there are 2 kinds. There is the short-legged, and the long-legged Rat Terrier. The short legged Rat Terrier is believed to be a mix between a Welsh Corgi or a Dachshund, while the long-legged a mix of the Whippet or Greyhound. In average they stand 14 to 23 inches in height, but medium Rat Terriers average 8 to 14 inches, and Toy Rat Terriers average 8 inches tall.

They come in many colors ranging from chocolate, red, white, pearls, sables, solid red, black and tan, and a white/red mix. They also have a very long life span for a dog. If you take good care of one they can live up to 25 years while the average is 15 to 18 years.

Rat Terriers are known to be very feisty and very lively. They will take some training as with any dog, but you will need to show yourself as a confident “pack leader” otherwise they will likely try to run the show. As with all dogs, positive reinforcement is a good rule of thumb. They will need daily exercise to spend their energy.

They are good with kids, don’t require much grooming (about once a week), and love being indoors as well as outdoors. When shopping for them; because they are pretty small you won’t have to spend a fortune looking for good dog beds or toys, but you will want to get them something that will last. Therefore they are a great family pet. With all these good traits and a very long lifespan they are a great dog to have.

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