Friday, March 4, 2011

Rat Terrier


Rat Terrier Personality The Rat Terrier’s temperament is pure terrier. They are feisty, lively, and fearless in nature – characteristics found in the best of terriers. This bunch is not easy to train. Those who have tried find it difficult to make them follow. However, make up for this by being intelligent, alert, and loving dogs. Rat Terriers are inquisitive and lively. They make an excellent companion dog because of their affectionate nature. Those who want an energetic, hyper dog should go for this breed. They are okay to have around children especially when raised with them from puppyhood. Rat Terriers are not yappers but they are quick and very playful. Fairly territorial, stubborn, and for the most part friendly with strangers, they make excellent watchdogs. They are not good swimmers so they should be watched closely whenever near the waters. 

Exercise Needs  

They need a good deal of exercise to let out all their energy, at least 20 to 30 minutes a day of rigorous play and a thirty minute walk. They would certainly enjoy it if given more. 

Living Conditions Though not recommended to keep as pet for those living in an apartment, the Rat Terrier will survive living in one provided that it be given at least twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day. Even indoors, they are fairly active so it is best to own one when living in a house with at least a small to medium sized yard. Something sturdier than a fenced in yard should be used to keep these dogs in check, Rat Terriers love to dig, and they won’t find a fenced in yard too difficult to get out of. They can spend a great deal of time outdoors, provide they have the proper watch and protection 

Grooming Requirements No special grooming needed. Just the occasional brushing to remove dead hair. Health Issues Rat Terriers have no common, major health issues.

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