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Despite the war of 1776, many British immigrants still made their way to America, and with them came such invaluable imports as the original Rat Terrier, a dog that had been developed in England from the Fox Terrier, Manchester Terriers, and possibly the Whippet. Their purpose here was the same as back in Britain, pursuit of rats in barns and stables, as well as the hunting of other small vermin and rabbits. Once in America, they were bred back to some of the Terrier variations as well as the Beagle, producing a dog that was possessed of speed, alertness, and a good sense of smell. (continued below)


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(continued) They remained a highly popular dog into the 20th century, particularly amongst farmers with barns full of crops to protect. But the introduction of other dogs had produced some disparate structure and body types with a variety of breed groups insisting their standard was the appropriate one. To date, they have not been accepted for full status with the AKC, but were granted Foundation Stock status in 2005. According to the UKC, where the dog does have championship status, the Rat Terrier comes in three variations, Standard: 14-23 inches in height, weighing 12-35 lbs; Mid-Size: 8-14 inches in height, weighing 6-8 lbs; and the Toy: 8 inches high, weighing 4-6 lbs. Originally a black and tan dog at the time of importing in the 1800s, they now come in chocolate, red, white, tan, and various combinations/patterns. Rat Terriers remain a working dog today, with many kennels concentrating on performance, as opposed to beauty. This means that the pets available carry the true nature of their ancestors, and are persistent, alert, energetic and intelligent. They get along well with children and other pets that they are introduced to early, and will even accept strangers with enthusiasm, although they do have guard dog tendencies. Minimal barking and lots of activity are their hallmarks. ©DogDecor.com
 
 
     
 


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