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.
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 & 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|
|Sable, White Markings||067|
|Spotted Or Patched||106|
|White Markings, Tan Points||030|
|White Mask, White Markings||104|