Ratshire Terrier

10-15 lbs
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.
Date of Origin
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
brown Ratshire Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ratshire Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Ratshire Terrier coat
gray Ratshire Terrier coat
brown Ratshire Terrier coat
red Ratshire Terrier coat
fawn Ratshire Terrier coat
fawn Ratshire Terrier coat
silver Ratshire Terrier coat
white Ratshire Terrier coat
pied Ratshire Terrier coat
sable Ratshire Terrier coat
brindle Ratshire Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Brushing Frequency
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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Ratshire Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Ratshire Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Ratshire Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Ratshire Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs

Ratshire Terrier Owner Experiences

8 Months
3 People
Bath time
Road trip
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.
1 month, 1 week ago
4 Years
5 People
House & Yard
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
2 months, 3 weeks ago
9 Months
3 People
House & Yard
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 months, 3 weeks ago
11 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
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.
1 year, 7 months ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
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
1 year, 9 months ago
8 Years
3 People
House & Yard
he is a sweetheart when heis around strangers he barks alot
1 year, 11 months ago
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