Ratshire Terrier

10-15 lbs
9-10"
United States
Yorkshire Terrier
American Rat Terrier
The Ratshire Terrier is a designer dog mix of the American Rat Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. They are small dogs that weigh between 10 and 20 pounds when they are fully grown. The Ratshire Terrier typically stands about 8 to 12 inches high and has a thick coat of medium to long straight fur that needs to be brushed quite often. They are a healthy and active breed that lives about 12 to 16 years and needs plenty of exercise to work off all the extra energy they have. While they make great pets, they do best in a home without small children. They are fairly easy to train but may need some extra reminders at times.
purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
2000s
ancestry Ancestry
American Rat Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier

Ratshire Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Portacaval Shunt
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Dental Disorders
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • DNA

Ratshire Terrier Breed History

Although the Ratshire Terrier hybrid has been around for a while, they still do not have a history of their own so you have to go by the backgrounds of the Rat Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. The Rat Terrier is an American breed that was bred from Toy Fox Terriers, Bull Terriers, Manchester Terriers, English White Terriers, Whippets, Greyhounds, and Beagles. They were developed to create a good hunting dog that was small enough and fast enough to hunt rats and other vermin both under and above ground. They were so good at this job that they became the most popular dog to work on the American farm. Soon, they became popular as house pets when their owners noticed their sweet disposition and bravery. United States President Theodore Roosevelt moved into the White House with several of these dogs that were later named Teddy’s Terriers. While it was bred in the 1800s, it was not really popular in America until the late 1900s. In fact, they were not recognized as a breed until 1999 when they were noticed by the United Kennel Club. It was not until 2013 that the Rat Terrier was finally acknowledged by the American Kennel Club, where it is the 96th most popular dog breed. The Yorkshire Terrier got the name from where they originated, in Yorkshire, England in 1861 when it was bred from the Dandie Dinmont, Manchester, Paisley, Waterside, and Skye Terrier. They were also used for hunting vermin but eventually ended up as lap dogs due to their small stature, beauty, and lovable personality. They were accepted and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and are the 9th most popular dog in America.

Ratshire Terrier Breed Appearance

The Ratshire Terrier has a thick coat of fur that may have the Yorkshire Terrier coloring or it may be a dark color with patches of white. There are many color variations depending on the parents’ colors. Some of the most common include silver, blue, black, pied, sable, merle, pinto, chocolate, gray, red, brindle, and white. They typically have brown or hazel eyes, a black nose on a small pointed muzzle, and an alert expression. The Ratshire Terrier is longer than it is tall with a strong neck and flat shoulders with a wide chest. They can have floppy or perky ears, depending on the parentage and their tail may be long or short but usually curls up over the back.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Ratshire Terrier eyes
Hazel
brown Ratshire Terrier eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ratshire Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Ratshire Terrier coat
Black
gray Ratshire Terrier coat
Gray
brown Ratshire Terrier coat
Brown
red Ratshire Terrier coat
Red
fawn Ratshire Terrier coat
Fawn
fawn Ratshire Terrier coat
Fawn
silver Ratshire Terrier coat
Silver
white Ratshire Terrier coat
White
pied Ratshire Terrier coat
Pied
sable Ratshire Terrier coat
Sable
brindle Ratshire Terrier coat
Brindle
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Ratshire Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ratshire Terrier Breed Maintenance

It is important that your Ratshire Terrier's coat be brushed on a regular basis or it can become matted. Use a pin brush and a metal comb and be sure to get underneath their neck, around the ears and tail, and under the legs. The Ratshire Terrier will need to be bathed once or twice a month with mild dog shampoo and conditioner to keep their skin and coat clean and healthy. Many owners prefer to have their Ratshire Terrier manually groomed as the Yorkie must be regularly groomed. During the bathing process, make sure you clean out your dog’s ears thoroughly and dry them afterward.
Brushes for Ratshire Terrier
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Dematter
Dematter
Comb
Comb
Clipper
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Ratshire Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ratshire Terrier Temperament

Because the Ratshire Terrier can be temperamental with little ones, they should always be closely supervised with young children. They are likely to bite or nip if they are teased or aggravated too much. However, this breed does make a great companion pet for the right family and can learn to get along with other pets and children if socialized early and properly. To train them, you may need extra patience because some Ratshire Terriers like to do things their own way and may push the boundaries to see what they can get away with. Just stick to your rules and use positive reinforcement and your dog should respond properly.

Ratshire Terrier Activity Requirements

Your Ratshire Terrier has a lot of excess energy that needs to be worked or played off on a daily basis. It is recommended that your dog get about an hour to 90 minutes of vigorous activity every day, indoors or out. They are small enough that they can do most of this activity indoors but they do need to go outside at least twice a day to for a stretch and bathroom break. If you have a fenced yard, you can let them run around in the yard for a couple of hours a day but do not forget that they need to spend time with their human family as well.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Ratshire Terrier 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

Ratshire Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs

Ratshire Terrier Owner Experiences

Put
3 Years
5 People
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Our ‘Put’ weighs 11 pounds and has a long nearly all-black coat, with a hint of brown in his beard when the light hits it just right. ‘Put’ is very energetic, and loves to be outside running around with our kids and other dog. He loves to chase the birds at our feeders and any squirrel or rabbit that dares show itself in our yard. ‘Put’ is very attached to our family, and is often seen looking out our windows if someone is gone from the house. He isn’t fully relaxed until everyone is home. Because of his energy and independent nature, he isn’t patient enough to learn many tricks, but he knows how to sit, and caught onto housebreaking within a day or two of coming to our home at 10 weeks of age. He’s exceptionally intelligent, but isn’t always the best listener. He usually comes when called but if he’s on the trail of something or his mind is on a mission, he will ignore your commands at first. ‘Put’ is very loving and loyal to our immediate family and a few familiar faces but if a stranger comes by he becomes very protective and will bark and growl until he’s been repeatedly told to stand down. Eventually he calms down and introduces himself more politely. He’s good with our kids, and most others, but will nip at clothing and fingers in an attempt to play if he thinks he can get away with it. ‘Put’, pronounced like the golf swing, is one of the best dogs we’ve ever had, a favorite of our kids, we hope to have him for many years to come.
5 months ago
Atrya
19 Years
3 People
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Regrettably Atrya passed away recently 11/17/22, but she was one of the best pets EVER. She was so smart and easy to train and loved everyone. She didn't have any health issues whatsoever and never had issues with weight either. She was very clingy and always wanted to be close to us and loved being silly. Recommend this breed for the unique personality, friendlessness, independence, loving of the whole family, never biting anyone, and just being a great pet. I still can't believe we were blessed to have her for so many years, just wish it was longer.
1 year, 3 months ago
Wally
7 Years
1 People
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Walk
Fetch
He is extremely family-only friendly, everyone else is the enemy. Alert 24/7. Learned all commands within hours of training at about 4-5 months old. Medical: digestive issues and constant marking of his territory on anything new inside.Sleeps under covers or enclosed kennel.Picky about food. Will fetch for hours non-stop.
1 year, 10 months ago
Charlee
7 Years
2 People
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Pastimes
Playing in backyard, car rides, trips to the farm
Breed with full blooded miniature poodle. Beautiful puppies.
2 years, 4 months ago
Sammy
7 Years
5 People
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Run
Walk
Fetch
Very smart, loves human food too much, energy out the wall. Gets along with my child but others she may snip at
2 years, 5 months ago
Coco
3 Years
3 People
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Tug-of-war
Catch treats
drying off
Hide & Seek
Walk
Coco is amazing. She is very very playful, she is affectionate (very energetic around new people), the only downsides of a Ratshire Terrier is the constant barking at nothing and licking the air. Otherwise, Ratshire Terriers are amazing.
2 years, 6 months ago
SUFI
2 Years
1 People
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Sufi is my first terrier but she is a lot of fun. so far, she is of medium size..like a pekingnese. She likes to fetch and will bring her toys to me to make me notice it's her time to play. She can jump very high..so later I will have her with a frisbee toy in a dog park.
2 years, 7 months ago
deuce
8 Years
3 People
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he is a sweetheart when heis around strangers he barks alot
6 years ago
Benji
5 Years
2 People
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He is the love of my life is always by my side I’m never alone with him if I leave he misses me and is very happy when I get home
5 years, 10 months ago
Tuff
11 Weeks
2 People
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Tuff was born with his right leg not fully formed...Not sure the extent but I still can't keep up with him...He is loving and makes friends everywhere we go. His best friend is our 80 lb pit bull. They play so well together and it is so cute. We have a 14 yr old female rat terrier that is blind and she tries to play but can't find him cause he moves so fast. He is the best addition I could have asked for.
5 years, 8 months ago
Max
9 Months
3 People
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Our box Max is the best dog we have ever had. He is so caring and sweet, and he is smart as a whip. He was very easy to train (use cheese) and he listens very well. He does however have a way of testing the rules, but it is always loveable and playful. He is highly energetic and needs daily exercise. This is the perfect dog for a couple without kids. He's out baby.
4 years, 5 months ago
Charlee
4 Years
5 People
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I love my Ratshire! Breed him with a minitire poodle and they had 5 puppies lasnight. 3 girls 2 boys...all black with some white n brown like A yorkie
4 years, 3 months ago
Honey
8 Months
3 People
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Road trip
Walk
Bath time
Run
Nap
Loves affection. Kind of timid around new people and kids as pups. Can be spoiled very easily. Shedding is frequent when not throughly brushed through but not too much.
4 years, 2 months ago
Roxie
3 Months
3 People
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Grooming
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Pastimes
Toy catch
She’s teething, but she’s a good dog love her
3 years, 7 months ago
Penny
11 Years
3 People
Condo
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Best dog ever!! Cutest, not a lot of coat maintenance, healthy, intelligent. Awesome temperament. Patient with young children. Has taken and passed 2 levels of obedience classes. Loves the outdoors. Loves children and babies. Gets along with and wants to play with all other dogs. Teeth cleanings every couple of years can be costly. Grew up with my 2 children when very young. Our family's therapy dog.
3 years, 5 months ago
Myrtle
8 Years
2 People
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Myrtle’s birthday is Oct. 30th. She is very friendly and affectionate. Loves other cats and dogs. Good with kids, but can get easily irritated with very small children. She has been generally healthy until recently as she was diagnosed with Lymes Disease and possible Cushings Disease as of Sept. 15, 2020 and is currently under veterinary care. My wife and I adore and love her deeply.
3 years, 5 months ago
Sufi
18 Months
1 People
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Very friendly wants attention obeys quickly excitable
2 years, 8 months ago
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I have a new puppy that’s 3 quarter yorkie 1 quarter Rat-terrier it’s size is extra small how big does he get

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