meet theRat Terrier


Training &Temperament

​RTs are happy-go-lucky, playful, long-lived pets. As farm dogs, they generally get on well with other dogs and livestock; but as terriers, small quick-moving animals like squirrels can fire up their engines. Home and family oriented, RTs are vigilant watchdogs. They can be wary of strangers but not adverse to friending their humans’ friends. RTs are among the most trainable of terriers, and sports like agility, flyball, and coursing are excellent ways to socialize them and burn off excess energy.

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    95% agree

  • Time Alone


    51% agree

Did You Know?

The Rat Terrier is AKC’s 178th breed.

At the July 2012 Board Meeting the Rat Terrier Club of America became the official parent club for the Rat Terrier.

The Rat Terrier has been assigned the Terrier Group designation.

At the January 2010 Board Meeting the Rat Terrier Club of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Rat Terrier and was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class, effective June 30, 2010

At the May 2006 Board Meeting it was voted (unanimously) to permit the Rat Terrier to compete in AKC Earthdog Tests, effective September 1, 2006.

At the August 2005 Board Meeting the Rat Terrier has been approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective January 1, 2006.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & White 019
Black Tan & White 030
Black White & Tan 034
Blue White & Tan 260
Red White & Sable 158
White 199
White & Apricot 200
White & Black 202
White & Blue 288
White & Blue Fawn 334
White & Chocolate 287
White & Fawn 207
White & Lemon 211
White & Red 214
White & Silver 216
White & Tan 217
White Black & Tan 219
White, Chocolate & Tan 397


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Badger Markings 001
Blanket-Back 084
Irish Marked 115
Piebald 025
Sable, White Markings 067
Spotted Or Patched 106
Tan Points 029
White Markings, Tan Points 030
White Mask, White Markings 104
Solid 110