This handsome mid-sized dog is quite friendly and social with dogs and people. Rat Terriers will soak up any attention and affection they can get from humans, preferably from their owners and family. They are more reserved towards strangers and can make great watchdogs.
Rat Terriers are lively and want to live life to the fullest. They don’t seem to ever sit still, and this energy comes through in every life situation. Taking these dogs to different places and expecting them to sit still for long is nearly impossible. So if you are looking for a dog that lies still under a table in the coffee shop while you have your breakfast, look elsewhere. They prefer to rumble at the park for hours and getting them to come to to go home may not be an easy task.
These dogs love to be trained and to please their owners, so training them is easy, but also a necessity to keep them mentally stimulated. Keeping them entertained, on the other hand, can be quite a task, as they will look for new challenges all the time. A bored Rat Terrier will find its own entertainment and your garden beds might not survive. Enough stimulation and physical outings at the park are a daily must for this breed.
|Life expectancy:||15-18 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||low|