We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Paula for submitting Franky,  your Rat Terrier to be featured in our series.

Hey furiends, say “Hi’ to Franky,  the Rat Terrier. Franky is super smart, a comedian and great companion.

Height: 10 – 18 inches

Weight: 10 – 25 lbs

Coat: The Rat Terrier sports a short, smooth coat made up of very dense, very shiny fur.

Color: They may come in a variety of colors including white, black with tan, black with rust, white and black or tan, red, blue, lemon, chocolate or orange. Some dogs may have ticking, and almost all Rat Terriers have white markings.

Appearance: Rat Terriers are lively, muscular dogs that are often described by fanciers as “compact but meaty.” They have strong shoulders, deep chests and muscular legs. The ears of the Rat Terrier are carried erect when alert and can be either tipped or upright when the dog is in repose. The head is wedge shaped and muzzle is strong and slightly shorter than the skull. The nose color should correspond with the color of the coat. The jaw is strong and the teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The tail can either be docked between the second and third joint, or left natural, whether long or bobbed. The tail can be carried in various positions, but should not curl over the back. Rat terriers come in a variety of colors and color combination’s, and almost all Rat Terriers have white markings.

Temperament: The Rat Terrier (little digging escape artist) are alert, energetic, lively, vermin chasing, intelligent, funny, active, lively, fearless, feisty, playful and incapable of being bored. Rat Terriers are sometimes described as having double personalities as they can be tireless, courageous hunters on the one hand while also making friendly, gentle companions on the other. Rat Terriers get along with everyone including, children, household pets, other dogs and also with strangers. Rat Terriers love being included in family activities and thrive on human companionship. They are generally quick to learn and straightforward to train with positive reinforcement. Stubborn as all get out, they are not big on pleasing people, but the people who love them laugh all the time. Rat Terriers make great alarm dogs, without being yappy.

Health: The Life expectancy for Rat Terrier is 15-18 years. Rat Terriers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Rat Terriers will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye issues and von Willebrand’s disease.

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