15-20 lbs
United States
American Rat Terrier
Ratese Terrier
The Ratese is a hybrid between the Maltese and the American Rat Terrier. They will stay small and typically weigh about 15 pounds and will stand approximately 10 inches high at the shoulders. Their coat is usually medium to long length and sparse, with fine hair that comes in almost any color, usually bicolored or tricolored. This breed is energetic and cheerful with a funny disposition that makes for a great family pet. However, they do get nervous around small children and will do better in a home without kids. They like other pets if they are socialized properly but tend to like being the center of attention.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
American Rat Terrier and Maltese

Ratese Health

Average Size
Male Ratese size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Female Ratese size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Dental Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • DNA

Ratese Breed History

Although the Ratese hybrid has been around for about 20 years, they still do not have much of a verifiable history. The backgrounds of the parent dogs, the Maltese and the Rat Terrier, are usually used for a history. The Maltese got its name from Malta, where it originated sometime before 500 B.C. from the Spitz dog and the Tibetan Terrier. There are records of the breed found by archaeologists in Ancient Roman and Greek literature stating Aristotle was the first to have one of these dogs, which was mentioned in a written document in 350 B.C. The breed was considered to have healing powers of some kind and was used as a comforter for the sick in ancient Egypt and then later in Europe. However, the Maltese has been known by many different names such as the Maltese Lion Dog, Bichon, Spaniel Gentle, Comforter, Roman Ladies Dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta, and the Melitae Dog. The breed eventually made its way to the United States and was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1888, where it is considered the 33rd most popular breed of dog. The Rat Terrier is an American made dog that has been around since the 1800s when American farmers bred small terriers with Beagles, Whippets, and Greyhounds to get a small ratting dog. The breed is fast and talented as a rodent hunter both above and below ground and quickly became popular as a companion pet and watchdog as well due to their courage and loyalty. Theodore Roosevelt had several Rat Terriers during his term at the White House and they were nicknamed “Teddy’s Terriers.” It took a while before they got noticed in America and they were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 2013.

Ratese Breed Appearance

The Ratese can come in any color but is most often seen in fawn, sable, brindle, merle, black, brown, tan, red, white, lemon, pied, or any combination of these colors. They have gray, hazel, blue, or dark brown oval eyes and a black nose on a small pointed muzzle. Their body is typically sturdy but small and is longer than it is tall with a wide chest and arched back. They are usually small and will weigh an average of 10 to 25 pounds and stand 8 to 13 inches tall. Their tail curls up over their back when it is not wagging, which it does almost all of the time.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Ratese eyes
hazel Ratese eyes
brown Ratese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ratese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Ratese coat
brown Ratese coat
red Ratese coat
cream Ratese coat
fawn Ratese coat
blue Ratese coat
silver Ratese coat
white Ratese coat
pied Ratese coat
sable Ratese coat
brindle Ratese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Ratese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ratese Breed Maintenance

To keep your Ratese looking and feeling good, you should brush her thoroughly at least four or five times a week. It is best to use a pin brush and comb to get all the fine hair that may get matted. In fact, you may need to use a dematter every once in a while to prevent too many mats. You may need to use a gentle conditioner and conditioning shampoo when bathing to keep her hair from breaking and to prevent static. Their ears should be cleaned once a week and their toenails should be clipped with a toenail trimmer once a month.
Brushes for Ratese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Ratese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ratese Temperament

The Rat Terrier and the Maltese are both friendly dogs but they are wary of small children and strangers so they must be trained properly and socialized well. In fact, even if your dog is socialized, you should supervise her with children to be safe. They are easy to train but may be a bit headstrong so you have to be consistent and patient. Do not use physical punishment because this can cause aggression in any dog. They like to play with other animals but have a strong prey drive for rodents and animals of that variety like hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

Ratese Activity Requirements

The Ratese has a high activity level so you will need to take your dog out for at least an hour to 90 minutes of vigorous activities every day. This will keep them happy and prevent boredom, which can cause some dogs to become anxious and they may even develop certain bad habits like barking too much and chewing on things. Some of the popular activities to do with your Ratese include playing Frisbee, flyball, fetch, going for long walks around your neighborhood or in the park, playing with other dogs at the dog park, and they are even good at agility competitions.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Ratese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Ratese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ratese size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Ratese size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Ratese size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Ratese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Ratese size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Ratese size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs

Ratese Owner Experiences

7 Months
2 People
She is affectionate and energetic. She gives kisses a lot and drinks a lot of water but not a big eater she loves to jump up on the couch and bed and ride in the car.
5 years, 1 month ago
El Chapo
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Playing with a Racoon
Playing with a Cat
playing with a child
Going for walks,
Playing fetch
Slow to potty train, very loving, a little stubborn, good with kids and other animals!
5 years, 7 months ago
11 Years
3 People
Very loving and protective of his family. Gets along with other dogs as long as he is the alpha. Nervous around toddlers but very kid/woman friendly
4 years, 3 months ago
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