While admittedly the name of this breed of pooch doesn't sound super appealing (throw the word "rat" into anything and it can make it sound icky), the dog itself is entirely adorable. French Bull Rat Terriers are the clever mix of the much-loved French Bulldog and the American Rat Terrier. These little hybrids are feisty, perky, and fiercely loyal to their pack. French Bull Rat Terriers have a bit of a reputation for being stubborn (especially when they really don't want to listen to you), but in the end, they want nothing more than to truly please their owners.
While this breed of doggo might be a little difficult to train, they're entirely too smart for their own good, have a delightful disposition, and are great with other pups and even kiddos. Because of their short stature and clever minds, they'll need plenty of physical and mental activities to keep them in shape and fully stimulated.
Your pup is clever and cunning, a trait they inherit from both their parent breeds. Barn hunting is a great activity for your doggo because it's both physically demanding but also mentally stimulating. Keeping your pup mentally stimulated is going to work wonders for their temperament (and keep them out of trouble, too). In this game, you'll have to implement rules like "don't touch the hay" (or whatever command you want your dog to follow), so this will require some good listening skills, too. Your dog will find the rats (who will be safe inside an aerated tube) all while going through specific obstacles.
Your doggo is likely either very lethargic (hello, French Bulldog side of your pooch) or incredibly energetic (that's the American Rat Terrier side talking). Either way, your dog is in desperate need of daily exercise to ensure they're staying healthy.
As a pup that's relatively small in stature (only about 18 inches tall at max and about 25 pounds at most), it's easy for weight to sneak up on your doggo. Ensure that your pup is getting the right amount of exercise with daily walks.
If possible, try to get your pup moving about a mile a day (more is great, too), as they need about eight miles of walks per week as well as about 45 minutes of exercise per day to stay healthy and trim. Make sure your pup is leash-trained and willing to abide by the rules of the road (being courteous to dogs passing by, not barking at passersby, etc.) before you take them out and about for walkies.
The great thing about this breed is that they're incredibly clever, willing to learn, and great at picking up new things. The bad thing is that they have the tendency to be stubborn when they're not keen on listening — that's the only reason we listed this activity as hard.
Your dog is going to be smart and energetic enough to learn how to run an obstacle course (they'll probably be doggone good at it, too), but if they're not into it, you can bet they're going to let you know it. Take it slow with your pup as you gently introduce them to homemade obstacle courses. You'll find that if you're firm and encouraging with your doggo, they will likely find real joy and tons of mental stimulation out of this physically demanding challenge. If you think your dog has a real knack for this, look around your area for dog agility training classes.
Your beloved French Bull Rat Terrier is likely the apple of your eye and the light of your life — but remember, their stubborn streak doesn't have to make them your biggest frustration. By encouraging your pup to engage in daily activities that are both physically demanding and mentally stimulating, you're teaching them that you're in charge, getting out their excess energy, and keeping them in tip-top physical condition.
Because your dog can either have a low energy level from the French Bulldog side or a hyperactive energy level from the American Rat Terrier side, it's important that you monitor their daily activity levels. Try incorporating some of the fun activities we suggested into their schedule to switch up their routine and engage them — try walking daily, barn hunting, agility training, and even fun variations of hide and seek to keep them consistently stimulated, in great physical condition, and out of trouble!