Brat

United States
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 Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
2000s
ancestry 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

Pacino
11 Years
1 People
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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.
3 years, 10 months ago
Toby
14 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug of war
Very active as a young dog. Very stubborn yet very affectionate and attached to me as the mom of the house.
1 year, 11 months ago
Dodge
8 Months
4 People
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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.
3 years, 7 months ago
Girl name Sade Ann And Boy name BearBear
3 Years
2 People
Studio
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rubbing her belly
Loving on them
Playing Ball
Playing in the snow
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....
3 years, 7 months 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.
3 years, 6 months ago
Remi
10 Weeks
9+ People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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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!
3 years, 6 months ago
Tyson
6 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bike ride
Walk
Run
Look out the window
Tug-of-war
Play
Nap
Chase
Road trip
High Five
Playing in the snow
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!
3 years, 6 months ago
Thor
4 Years
4 People
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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!
3 years, 6 months ago
Max
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Watching tv
I love my Brat so much that I refer to Max as my son. He is very obedient and mannerable
3 years, 6 months ago
Cosette
3 Years
4 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Sleeping
traveling
Great dog! I can leave her alone for a majority of the day without worrying about her. Very strong attachments
3 years, 4 months ago
Bella Mae
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
catch
Car rides
Sleeping
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 years, 3 months ago
Rosie
10 Years
2 People
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Good guard dog and service dog 😁
1 year, 10 months ago
Finnley
3 Years
4 People
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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.
3 years, 1 month ago
Ziva
4 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Look out the window
Learn a new trick
Chase
Fetch
Speak
Shake
Bubbles
Laying in the sun
Sweet and a little bossy with my maltipoo
3 years ago
Luna
9 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
Fetch
Pull
Napper
Very energetic,but nervous with other pets. I try for her to get along with pets but she sounds like maybe its hard for her to get to know .loves people everywhere i take her shes happy. Knows most tricks in her nine months . Understands a trick in one week. But stubborn to stay in a training crate without her whinning. So shes attached to her owner but will hope to break from her neediness. Highly intelligent. Needs alot of socialization,training once a week maynot be enough for her to like other animals. hopefully, petco or petsmart or a training facility does more than week. I love my dog but alot of maintenance when it comes to attention.
2 years, 9 months ago
Opie
3 Months
4 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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This is my first one.
2 years, 7 months ago
Ruby
7 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Like the Boston, she follows me everywhere I go and sticks real close. Like the Rat she can be feisty and will dig for moles. She has the quietest sweetest howl I have ever heard (after I encouraged her howl). She does love to bark at other dogs.
2 years, 4 months ago
Heidi
5 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Cuddling
Playing fetch
Easy to train, and with her own toys is not destructive.With just a little positive reinforcement she is a great mouser and would clear out mice from the garage. A perfect companion dog she loves to snuggle either on the couch or in bed.
2 years, 2 months ago
Charlee
7 Years
2 People
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Hes very smart,he is on momas lap,or with me all the time,he is very protective &the boss of my other dogs (which 1is a pitbull)he is the best pup i have ever owned,so loyal &loving,he knows when iam supose to be home,he knows when iam upset..he is the best!
2 years, 1 month ago
Charlee
7 Years
2 People
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Friendliness
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Hes very smart,he is on momas lap,or with me all the time,he is very protective &the boss of my other dogs (which 1is a pitbull)he is the best pup i have ever owned,so loyal &loving,he knows when iam supose to be home,he knows when iam upset..he is the best!
2 years, 1 month ago
LeiLei
5 Years
2 People
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LeiLei and I both travel alot. During these times she just lays back and sleeps. She's just one of those great all around companions. She is friendly towards everyone, especially kids.
2 years ago
Gizmo
2 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play and daily training
He is a sweet but energetic puppy
1 year, 6 months ago
Savvy
10 Years
2 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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She is feisty, loyal, protective, happy.
1 year, 6 months ago
Gus
1 Year
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Go to Park
Go on Vacation
Walk
Road trip
Learn a new trick
Catch treats
Play keep away
Tug-of-war
Nap
Chase
Fetch
Shake
Dog Parks
Eating Snacks
Laying in the sun
Gus is energetic and extremely playful. He gets along incredibly with our two other dogs. He loves snuggling up next to someone on the couch and in bed. It’s been incredibly easy to train him with the use of treats.
1 year, 2 months ago
Zo (Wiggles)
11 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Walking
Hiking
meeting other people and dogs
Long walks
Zo is the BEST dog I have ever had the fortune of meeting. She's very sensitive & sweet - this biography is pretty accurate. She is a jovial and social dog, she has always gotten along with other animals & people. Does well with children and has inspired other family members to look for a dog as well. Pretty quiet but purposeful- she likes to have a backyard and will "patrol" for intruders. She does tricks with patient & consistent training. Sometimes she will get a stubborn look in her eye- she's most responsive to positive food reinforcement but will be hurt by negative/pushy behavior. In times when we didn't have a large backyard, she regularly wants (coughDEMANDS) long walks. Despite her calm demeanor she has enough energy for long walks, hikes, runs, and genuinely enjoys exploring outside. She likes being the center of attention & absolutely loves cuddles and snuggling up with her fam.
1 year, 2 months ago
Chop
5 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Frisbee,
Hunting
wrestling
Best dog I’ve ever had. Smarter than any dog I know
11 months, 2 weeks ago
MLE
13 Years
1 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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Wonderful pet, smart eager to please, loving companion.
10 months, 1 week ago
Olive
10 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Walk
She was given to me. She was abused before I got her
9 months, 3 weeks ago
RIN
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddles, walks, playing fetch,
Got her 4 months ago. She is a very good, sweet dog. She does not like to be alone very much. Adapted quickly with her new home
8 months, 1 week ago
Emma May
7 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playdate
Playing and cud
Emma is the most loving and affection fur baby we've ever had. She does bark a lot, but that probably our fault. Emma loves to play with other dogs, even much bigger dogs. My son brought Emma home and I wasn't happy about it, now I can't imagine life without her.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Odie
4 Years
4 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
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Loyal family protecter.. Can be aggresdivr toward strangers
3 months, 1 week ago
Shea
12 Years
1 People
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Shea is a loving, sweet tempered girl, wonderful with both children and adults, very bright. A tad stubborn, receptive To trading. A great walker.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
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