Keeping a Rat Terrier Inside Your Apartment

The Rat Terrier is a small to medium-size dog and has the energy level of three dogs combined. The standard and desirable heights for these dogs is 10 inches and 18 to 19 inches respectively. Both are acceptable and their weight should be between 12 and 35 pounds.

The Rat Terrier is a muscular dog with a strong, deep chest, big shoulders and well-rounded legs and neck. Their coat can be of various colors such as red and white (the staple Terrier look), sable or pearl, in double color, tri-spotted or with markings. People are not as specific concerning his look as they are concerning his working ability.

Keeping a Rat Terrier inside an apartment

These guys are outdoorsy. They would prefer if you are outdoorsy as well. They can still do okay in an apartment provided they get a good half hour exercise time per day. It’s best to go out for hikes, jogs or walks, running around and playing as they are fairly active indoors.

Rat Terriers are very loyal and very playful. You might see a decrease in activity as the dog ages but he would still be more playful than other breeds in their adult time. They love to spend time near their owner, they don’t generally bark but can be quite demanding when ignored.

They do a lot of grumbling and mumbling especially when bored. One important note is that you should never allow them to growl and be aggressive at the same time. This is a dominance problem that will rapidly escalate. If it happens you should search for professional help as soon as possible.

Rat Terriers are good around children for the most part, they have fairly tolerant and patient with the children members of his pack. You might be surprised to see them sleeping together but it will also put a smile on your face. He’s usually reserved towards strangers but if you’ll, the owner, accept and agree with the guests he would be inclined to do the same.

As far as his relationship with other pets goes he’s fairly well-adjusted with other dogs even though they may be squabbling over food or the best sleeping quarter. He is not a naturally aggressive dog and he might get in trouble for being too friendly. Try to keep a close eye on them to avoid any fights as they are quite “blind” once they are provoked.

Training and exercising with a Rat Terrier

These dogs are very intelligent and just love to please. They are easy to train and housebreak and love to excel at what they do. Many are great in agility and obedience courses as they are very fast and quick to comply.

They need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day and need socialization early on. During training you will develop a special relationship with your dog and if you start training at an early age this bond will go a long way towards making him a loving pet.

Shedding, grooming and care for a Rat Terrier

As a short haired breed expect them to shed. Living inside an apartment will further stimulate them due to constant exposure to light and the generally warm environment. They need frequent brushing to remove dead hair.

They will shed heavier in the spring and fall but it still shouldn’t be excessive. If it is check with the veterinarian for a blood panel. Occasional baths with nail trimming are obviously necessary.

The Rat Terrier is a lively, happy and energetic dog who will do okay in an apartment but needs quite a bit of exercise to lead a healthy life. He loves playing and training but also lying on the couch with you. The most important thing for them is to spend time with you. And whatever you do don’t kill the whiskers.

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