Daisy was my companion for years. She was an intelligent and spunky Rat Terrier. When she suddenly passed away, I was devastated. It is still hard to talk about her and I'm glad that I had written about her and her favorite toys before she became ill.
|The author at 3 years of age|
Ratties fit best with active families. These dogs need exercise and mental stimulation. If you are looking for an accessory dog that is only interested in lying on your sofa and riding around in your purse quietly, a Rat Terrier is likely not the best choice. Some websites state that Rat Terriers need 30 minutes of exercise every day. Our Daisy required more daily stimulation and exercise than a mere half hour.
These dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some have long legs and some have short legs. I prefer the long-legged variety, called Type A. The short-legged and longer body type are called Teddy Roosevelt or Type B. Rat Terriers come in three different sizes; toy, mid-sized, and standard.
Before adding any dog to your family, make sure that you are ready for the commitment. All dogs deserve your time and attention every day. If you decide on adding a Rattie to your home, please do your homework first. In some ways, having a Rat Terrier is like having a full-time toddler. However, if you are ready for this level of supervision and interaction, I think that you'll find that your Rattie is the best dog you've ever had.
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