Boston Terrier
Rat Terrier
The Brat is a hybrid mix between the Boston Terrier and the Rat Terrier. Not much is known on this hybrid outside of the parent breeds. The Rat Terrier was only recognized as a breed in 2013. Both parents are athletic, compact, and small sized and the Rat Terrier comes in miniature or standard sizes. The Brat will resemble both parent breeds well. Both parent breeds belong to the Terrier family and were originally bred for vermin control and as companion dogs. Today, the Brat is considered a companion designer dog.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Boston Terrier, Rat Terrier

Brat Breed History

The Brat is hybrid of two Terrier dogs, the Boston Terrier and the Rat Terrier. Its history is unknown at this time, and the hybrid is a modern dog, only rising in the last few years. This mix is a designer hybrid bred as a companion. To better understand the history of your Brat, you must look to the history of the parent breeds. The Boston Terrier is of the Terrier and Bulldog families, having risen from the experimental cross-breeding between now extinct English White Terriers, Old English Bulldogs, and French Bulldogs during the late 1800s. Unsure of what to call this young breed of dog, fanciers attempted to associate them with the Bull and Terrier groups but faced resistance from the well-established breeds in the respective group. Finally, the Boston Terrier was decided on to pay homage to the region where the breed was developed, and American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1893 as one of the first non-sporting breeds and was the first of the ten “made-in-America” breeds to be recognized. The All-American breed was chosen for the bicentennial dog and is the official dog of Massachusetts. The Rat Terrier is a long-bred mix of many Terriers including the Fox Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, and the Old English White Terrier crossbred with Whippets, Greyhounds, and even Beagles to increase the speed and scenting abilities. The Rat Terrier is a small farm dog and was bred to hunt small vermin, including fast jack rabbits. The breed was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 2013, despite having a long-documented history most likely due to its sorted crossbreeds. President Theodore Roosevelt kept a Rat Terrier, and some say he is credited with naming it for its rat control at the White House. A Rat Terrier also appeared alongside child actress, Shirley Temple, in the film, “The Little Colonel."

Brat Breed Appearance

The Brat is a hybrid between the Boston Terrier and the Rat Terrier and will often have distinctive characteristics of both breeds. Both parent breeds are of the Terrier family and are small dogs. This hybrid often resembles the color and markings of a Boston Terrier in black and white or sable and white. The head of this hybrid is square-like but with a softness to it and the muzzle is not as short as a Boston Terrier yet not as long as a Rat Terrier’s muzzle, displaying both parental breed facial traits. Underbites are common on the Brat and may require dental work to correct. The ears are triangular and stand half-pricked with excellent mobility. The body is compact and muscular, and the tail is level with the back and whip-like. With no one parent breed stronger in appearance, this hybrid is a solid mix between his parents.

Brat Breed Maintenance

The Brat is a mix between two Terriers with differing levels of shedding. The Boston Terrier is not known to shed a lot and has fine hair whereas the Rat Terrier is slightly coarser and can shed a moderate amount. Weekly grooming will help remove the dead and loose hair from your Brat’s coat and help keep his coat and skin healthy. Both parent breeds may suffer from dermatitis so frequent bathing is not suggested. Brushing will also help remove dirt and distribute natural oils. The Brat may inherit a underbite from its Boston Terrier parent and requires frequent teeth cleaning. Early and often teeth cleaning will help acquaint your Brat with this process and keep his mouth and gums healthy.

Brat Activity Requirements

The Brat, despite his name, is a sweet, cheerful hybrid who does not bark often. They are less aggressive than the Rat Terrier and enjoy a good lap to cuddle in. This hybrid is relatively friendly with strangers as both parents are open and cheerful around people. The size of this hybrid does not make it ideal for small children who may accidentally hurt the dog, but this hybrid does very well with kids who can respect its size. The Rat Terrier parent can make the hybrid slightly more aggressive towards other dogs and small pets, like cats but the Boston Terrier, who gets along well with other pets, evens this character trait out so that without proper socialization, your Brat can live in harmony with other pets. The Brat is an intelligent mix but can be slightly stubborn due to the Rat Terrier lineage. However, with early and consistent training as well as positive companionship, your Brat is eager to please and will respond positively to your efforts. Early socialization with other people, pets, and places will also help prevent your Brat from developing behavioral issues. The Brat is a high energy dog that requires daily exercise. The Brat is a high-intensity hybrid but does not require long periods of exercise and he will settle down quickly in your lap once playtime is over.

Brat Owner Experiences

Ziva
4 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Bubbles
Shake
Speak
Fetch
Chase
Learn a new trick
Look out the window
Sweet and a little bossy with my maltipoo
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Finnley
3 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is very smart. She is territorial. She is really fast. She loves to snuggle and nap with me. She is very curious and loves sniffing out intruders in our yard, has an instinct to chase and tree squirrels. She is playful. She likes everyone in our house, but she shows favoritism to me.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Bella Mae
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sleeping
Car rides
catch
She is very good with all guests, our kids and other dogs that come over to hang out and play. She is a very loving and caring dog.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Cosette
3 Years
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
traveling
Sleeping
Great dog! I can leave her alone for a majority of the day without worrying about her. Very strong attachments
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Max
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Watching tv
Walking
I love my Brat so much that I refer to Max as my son. He is very obedient and mannerable
6 months ago
Thor
4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
he’s the best and cutest pup! Loves his people more than anything and always wants to be snuggled up with us under the blankets. Has some itching and licking problems and barks way too much. Gets along with every human and animal but can be a little overwhelming when you first meet him bc he jumps a lot w excitement. He’s also able to jump onto a counter without a running start. But he’s the cutest thing and melts all the hearts!
6 months ago
Tyson
6 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
High Five
Road trip
Chase
Nap
Play
Tug-of-war
Look out the window
Run
Walk
Bike ride
My Brat is very excitable and isn’t a barker at everything, but he certainly isn’t quiet. Very easy to train. Not for a first time dog owner as they are high maintenance. They require a lot of toy time and being able to run. Bathtime is a breeze and the coat is nice. I’ve not noticed any shedding. HIGHLY intelligent. Is nippy and doesn’t get along with other dogs. Dog training is a must!
6 months ago
Remi
10 Weeks
9+ People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Remi likes to follow everyone around her she knows. Shes like another child. She has her mean side and is scared of the dark. She ifls fun loving and loves all 8 kids!
6 months, 1 week ago
Sparkey
8 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Just got him for free at a store, but loving on him.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Girl name Sade Ann And Boy name BearBear
3 Years
2 People
Studio
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Playing Ball
Loving on them
Rubbing her belly
The male loves to chase the ball and tease me when he brings it to me he loves treats and giving kisses he loves his back scratched and when I holler check the mail he's first one at the door he loves to go bye bye and hang he's head out the window while driving down the street he is very spoiled.And Miss Sadie Ann is more of a lay back dog. But she loves going Bye Bye. She also loves her belly rubed. She love to be pick up like a baby when it time to go to bed. She play sometime b with her brother bear bear who is a Ball ball nut lol. Above all they are both our babies . And would protect them both from Amy thing or one....
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Dodge
8 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is very energetic especially after being left in her kennel, after being out for awhile she is very affectionate and loving. She is starting to grow out of her chewing stage, but she has almost chewed everything but they are very loving dogs.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Pacino
11 Years
1 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I adopted my Brat from a rescue shelter, 8.5 yrs ago, when he was estimated to be about 3 yrs. He had sadly been abused & found abandon. He had been in the shelter (and foster care) for a long 1.5 yrs. He was extremely shy & timid, so while cute, he wasn't catching the attention of families. He was already housebroken & walked well on leash. It took him 4 days to stop hiding in my house, but once he came out to trust me, he has not left my side for a moment!!! I can get him to run around (and he runs graceful and FAST!), but he doesn't care for toys. It's like he's too smart for them (if I can't eat it, why chew on it?? Lol). He's obsessed with treats, licking & grooming himself, cuddling & kissing me. He's my snuggle buddy!! He has a unique underbite that's his most endearing quality; it's makes him smile all the time :) People love it.
10 months ago
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