25-50 lbs
American Rat Terrier
Roodle, Ratdoodle, Radle Terrier or Ratpoo

The Rattle is a hybrid of the spritely American Rat Terrier and the intuitive Poodle. This medium sized breed can average between 25 and 50 pounds and between 10 and 23 inches in height, depending on the traits that he inherits from his parent breeds. The Rattle tends to be intelligent, clever, curious and happy and will display talents in tricks, obedience and even as a watchdog. You can anticipate that your Rattle will be easy to train and that he will require a lot of attention. The Rattle will love being in an active household where he regularly has the opportunity to participate in the action.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
American Rat Terrier and Poodle

Rattle Health

Average Size
Male Rattle size stats
Height: 10-23 inches Weight: 25-50 lbs
Female Rattle size stats
Height: 10-23 inches Weight: 25-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Skin Conditions
  • Demodactic Mange
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing
  • DNA for VWD
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Levels

Rattle Breed History

The Rattle is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. The Rat Terrier was bred in the 1800’s in the United States by crossing fox and European Terriers that were prevalent during that time; these included Bull Terriers, English White Terriers and Manchester Terriers. Also incorporated into the breed were Whippets, Beagles and Greyhounds. A small, fast dog with a good temperament and scenting ability resulted. The breed became a multi-purpose farm dog who was able to hunt above and below ground. By the 1900’s, the breed was considered one of the most common working dogs on a farm. The breed earned the name “Teddy’s Terriers” as a result of Theodore Roosevelt having the dogs in the White House during his time as president. Demand increased due not only to the skill of the dogs but their intelligence and demeanor. While demand for the breed decreased as farm ratting dogs were no longer needed, the breed has been remembered and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013. The Poodle is a much older breed; in fact it is one of the oldest breeds developed. It is believed that the breed first began in Germany and became the distinct breed we know today in France. The breed is a result of a combination of several European dogs to include the Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian and French water dogs; it is also believed that the North African Barbet is a part of the Poodle’s ancestry. Others believe that the Poodle is a descendant of Asian herding dogs, becoming the German Water dog as it was brought with the Ostrogoth and German Goth tribes. Still, others believe the breed descends from the Asian steppes. These dogs, perhaps, came with the Moors in the 8th century. It is thought that smaller versions of the Poodle (Toy and Miniature) were developed in the 1400’s by breeding smaller Poodles with one another, in order to impress the Parisian Bourgeoise. Standard Poodles were used by the French for duck hunting while Miniature Poodles were useful for discovering truffles. The Toy Poodle was popular as a companion, mainly for the wealthy. The American Kennel Club registered its first Poodle in 1888.

Rattle Breed Appearance

The Rattle will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from the American Rat Terrier or from the Poodle, or be a pretty even mix of the two. When considering the size of the Rattle, it is important to note that there are three different types of Poodle, and which is the parent breed will impact the hybrid’s ultimate size. Dogs of the hybrid will usually be sturdy and strong with a head that is slightly rounded. His ears can be triangular in shape and stand straight up or be floppy. His muzzle will be medium in length. The Rattle’s coat can vary depending on the traits that he inherits from his parents. His coat may be short and straight like the Rat Terrier or longer and wavy or curly like that of the Poodle. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rattle eyes
amber Rattle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rattle nose
brown Rattle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Rattle coat
white Rattle coat
brown Rattle coat
cream Rattle coat
silver Rattle coat
black Rattle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Rattle wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rattle Breed Maintenance

The maintenance of your Rattle will depend on the coat that he inherits. Should he inherit a coat that is similar to that of the Poodle, he won’t shed much, however his coat will be more challenging to maintain, requiring daily brushing in order to resolve any tangles and remove and dirt and debris in his coat. Trips to the groomer for clipping will also be needed on occasion. Should your Rattle inherit a coat more like that of the Rat Terrier, it will be easier to brush, though you can anticipate that he will shed more than if his coat was like that of the Poodle. Regardless of his coat, the Rattle should only be bathed when necessary and his nails should be clipped as needed. It is also recommended that you check his ears on a weekly basis and wipe them clean in order to avoid potential infection. As with all dogs, you will want to brush his teeth several times each week to ensure his long term dental health.

Brushes for Rattle
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Rattle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rattle Temperament

The Rattle will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Rat Terrier and the Poodle. Each offspring will inherit different traits from his parent breeds. Most Rattles are playful and have personality to spare. Typically very clever, the hybrid will be alert and very vocal. It is likely that your Rattle will be loyal to his humans and will want to play and spend time with you and the family. Dogs of the hybrid are very active and love receiving attention and affection. It is important that your keep your Rattle busy because when he gets bored he has a tendency to be destructive. He will likely be curious and want to be involved in whatever is going on in the home.

Rattle Activity Requirements

The Rattle is a somewhat active dog who enjoys keeping busy. A fenced-in yard is a plus however not necessary as long as your dog gets out of the house or apartment for outdoor play and exercise. The Rattle will appreciate the opportunity to chase, run and walk, as taking trips to the dog park. Dogs of the hybrid like to chase things, so if he is not in a fenced in space, you will want to keep your Rattle on a leash. In addition to physical activity, the Rattle will also require mental stimulation, which can be delivered through certain toys, training and activities.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Rattle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $35.00
food bag monthly cost

Rattle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rattle size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Rattle size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Rattle size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 34.5 lbs
Female Rattle size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 34.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Rattle size stats at 18 months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 37.5 lbs
Female Rattle size stats at 18 months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 37.5 lbs

Rattle Owner Experiences

4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Hide & Seek
Very energetic puppy! Very curious as well! Hides underneath the furniture to then 'pop out' and zoom across the living room floor, to then only hide again. He likes nestling under the covers, as well as 'burrowing' into blankets. My toddler absolutely adores him, as the puppy will follow him around the house. Any type of movement or sound he is alert/awake and will investigate.
2 years, 4 months ago
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