Category: Terrier Dogs
Facts about Rat Terrier Dogs, "Scientific name for Rat Terrier Dog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". The Rat Terrier Dog was a cross between the Manchester Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier breeds. This was in the year 1820, in Britain. Its first appearance in USA was around 1890s. The Rat Terrier Dog was then, black and tan in color. However, the Americans further bred this breed with the Whippet, Beagle and the Smooth Fox Terrier. Their outcome with the Beagle developed a more bulky, red-colored dog with an increased trailing and hunting ability. The whippet cross developed a much faster breed which had agility and was covered in blind and blue colors. The Smooth Fox Terrier and the Chihuahua contributed to the smallest breeds.
The Rat Terrier Dog is best in farm hand work as it can get rid of vermin with little or no hustle. Rat Terrier Dogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
It is a Fact a Rat Terrier Dog sees in color and have better low light vision. Rat Terrier Dogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the Rat Terrier Dogs eye protected and moist. Rat Terrier Dogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals.
The Rat Terrier Dog has a masculine body with powerful legs, strong shoulders, solid neck and a deep chest. The Rat Terrier Dog breed comes in three various sizes, the standard which grows up to about 14 to 23 inches (35.5 58.5cm) tall with a weight of about 20 to 35 pounds ( 16 kg), the mid-sized which can reach up to a height of about 8 to 14 inches (20 to 35.5 cm) with a weight of approximately 6 to 8 pounds (3 to 3.5 kg) and lastly is the toy, which can reach a height of about 8 inches (20 cm) and as heavy as four to 6 pounds (3 kg).
The number one heath problems amongst Rat Terrier Dogs is obesity, so always make sure your Rat Terrier Dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Rat Terrier Dogs have are just an issue of long toenails.
The Rat Terrier Dog has a more compact and neat body with tripped or upright ears which erects when the dog is active and alert. Its tail can either be tall or short depending on the variety. Rat Terrier Dogs coat color can be of many colors, including chocolate, white, sable, red, pearls, solid red, spotted, tan and black, red brindle and blue and white.
The Rat Terrier Dog is an affectionate, friendly dog which can be very lively and inquisitive. It is also energetic, active, and intelligent. The Rat Terrier Dog can make a great watch dog. It can be very playful, quick and doesn’t like to yap a lot. It is comfortable with strangers around. The Rat Terrier Dog is eager, well-mannered and can pick up training much faster than other breeds. It is fond of water and can be a very good swimmer. The Rat Terrier Dog can be used for terrier work or hunting expeditions. It also needs required amount of exercise.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or small– 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. Rat Terrier Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult Rat Terrier Dogs they have 42 teeth. When Rat Terrier puppies are born, they have no teeth and are deaf and blind. Rat Terrier Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month.
Rat Terrier Dogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people. It is a fact a Rat Terrier Dog can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. Rat Terrier Dogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
The Rat Terrier Dog is fairly active indoors and can do well in apartments. However, it requires 20 to 30 minute of exercise daily. The Rat Terrier Dog loves to dig and play a lot.
Only humans and dogs have prostates and a dog doesn't have an appendix.
Rat Terrier Dog’s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. It is a Fact a Rat Terrier Dog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A Rat Terrier Dog’s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Rat Terrier Dogs are prone to Small Dog Syndrome and human induce behaviors problems. The Rat Terrier Dog can live for up to approximately 15 to 18 years.
A Rat Terrier Dog’s mouth can apply approximately 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch and an American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and a rottweiler can have 320 LBS of pressure on avg.
Average body temperature for a Rat Terrier Dog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
Female Rat Terrier Dogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year. Female Rat Terrier Dogs are pregnant for 60 days before they’re puppies are born.
A Rat Terrier Dog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
If purchasing a Rat Terrier Dog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
Rat Terrier Dogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot.