Rat Terrier Breed Maintenance
The Rat Terrier needs minimal grooming. Brush his coat weekly with a brush or curry mitt. You may need to brush him more often in the spring and fall when he tends to shed. An occasional bath when needed can keep the Rattie looking his best. Do not bathe too often, however, as it can irritate his skin. Rat Terriers can have dental issues, so be sure to regularly brush their teeth, at least one to three times weekly. They can have fast growing nails which should be trimmed regularly to prevent splitting and cracking. Ears should be checked and cleaned routinely. This breed of Terrier is an active and athletic dog, and thrives with daily exercise. The Rat Terrier is happy on the farm, or in the city, so long as he gets daily walks and play sessions. Obedience and agility events, and dog sports are other ways to keep this dog stimulated. While they can be crate trained, they shouldn’t be kenneled, tied up, or left outside often, as they need to be around people.