Toy Rat Doxie

6-35 lbs
American Rat Terrier
Toy Ratshund Terrier

The Toy Rat Doxie is a small to medium hybrid breed whose origins stem from both German and American ancestry. At 8 to 18 inches, they may not look like imposing ferreters but Toy Rat Doxie’s have excellent noses and a strong prey drive, making them excellent hunters overall, even when their owners might not need them to be. Despite their love to chase, they are only moderately active and combined with their size, make for great pets in any sized home. Affectionate yet independent and smart yet stubborn, this smaller breed is best suited for more experienced dog owners but with the right training can make perfectly lovable companions for single-member homes and families alike. 

purpose Purpose
Companion, Hunting
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Dachshund and Rat Terrier

Toy Rat Doxie Health

Average Size
Male Toy Rat Doxie size stats
Height: 8-18 inches Weight: 6-35 lbs
Female Toy Rat Doxie size stats
Height: 8-18 inches Weight: 6-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Dental Issues
Occasional Tests
  • Hearing
  • Blood Test
  • Dna For Pra
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Toy Rat Doxie Breed History

Exactly when the Toy Rat Doxie became the hybrid breed it is now is still unknown, but both the Dachshund and Rat Terrier have strong histories as hunters for their respective countries of origin. The Dachshund, or “badger hound” in German, was the result of Germanic breeding in the 18th and 19th centuries aimed at creating a dog that was not only the right shape and size to hunt den animals, but one with a strong build and fearless attitude. In the 1800s, Doxies were eventually bred as companion animals, thus producing the later recognized miniature version, a small step away from the standard in terms of size. Both are now recognized and more regularly kept as companions but many still employ them as hunters in Germany, where their size is not measured in weight or stature like it is in America, but rather by the circumference of their chest — the greatest determining factor of what size hole they’re able to squeeze into. Shortly after Dachshunds were coming to fruition in Germany, Rat Terriers gained popularity in the United States. In the mid-to-late 1800s, various European Terriers such as the Manchester and Smooth Fox were bred together in an effort to produce a dog keen on helping to control vermin populations and many were used on rural farms. During their development, they were also bred with Italian Greyhounds and Beagles to improve their overall speed and hunting skills. The end result was a small, well-balanced dog that was not only an excellent hunter but intelligent, co-operative, and endlessly affectionate.

Toy Rat Doxie Breed Appearance

Given the various genetic influences they accumulated down the line, the only universal attributes between most Toy Rat Doxies is that they are relatively short and light dogs with more length than height, maxing out at around 18 inches tall and only 35 pounds. Most also feature longer snouts, a medium tail with a slight curve and a muscular yet athletic build that stretches the length of their elongated bodies. Otherwise, they span ranges of coat length from short to medium which can be straight, wiry or wavy and colors from white to red to brown to black, often with a combination of two or more. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Toy Rat Doxie eyes
hazel Toy Rat Doxie eyes
brown Toy Rat Doxie eyes
amber Toy Rat Doxie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Toy Rat Doxie nose
brown Toy Rat Doxie nose
isabella Toy Rat Doxie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Toy Rat Doxie coat
brown Toy Rat Doxie coat
red Toy Rat Doxie coat
cream Toy Rat Doxie coat
isabella Toy Rat Doxie coat
white Toy Rat Doxie coat
sable Toy Rat Doxie coat
brindle Toy Rat Doxie coat
pied Toy Rat Doxie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Toy Rat Doxie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Toy Rat Doxie Breed Maintenance

Overall, Toy Rat Doxies need little grooming as their generally short coats aren’t prone to abnormal shedding, so weekly brushing should do the trick. Their nails are known to be fast growers however, so owners should trim regularly to prevent cracking or splitting. Since tooth problems are also semi-common, regular brushing and dental exams will keep their mouths healthy and prevent future issues from arising. Ear cleanings/care are more often reserved for individual dogs whose lineage highlighted the floppy, hanging type as they are more prone to infection. Although they are generally resilient dogs that can live in a variety of environments, they often need jackets outside in colder climates. Owners should also beware that due to their elongated figures, Toy Rat Doxies can be susceptible to spinal issues, so excessive use of stairs or areas that require frequent jumping up or down can become problematic over time. These scenarios can easily be solved with ramps or lifting the dog (and remembering to support both ends). 

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

Toy Rat Doxie Temperament

While the Dachshund is well-known to be stubborn, loud and generally independent, the Rat Terrier is obedient, eager to please and quite affectionate, leaving the Toy Rat Doxie as a mild-mannered dog with a good overall temperament and only a few occasional hitches (like frequent barking habits) that can usually be resolved with a bit of training. They are incredibly smart but without direction, their intelligence and curiosity can sometimes turn into mischievous behavior, so giving them a proper amount of attention and play/activity time is important. They are more-often-than-not good family dogs with proper socialization. 

Toy Rat Doxie Activity Requirements

Toy Rat Doxies maintain a moderate to above average activity level, meaning owners should allow them regular exercise, which is not hard to achieve even in smaller environments via play time or walks, especially given their small size and shorter legs. Because they are so intelligent and have hunter’s instincts, creative play that will make them chase, think or both are especially enriching and help to prevent mischievous behavior. 45 to 60 minutes a day should be just about right. 

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

Toy Rat Doxie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Toy Rat Doxie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Toy Rat Doxie size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
Female Toy Rat Doxie size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Toy Rat Doxie size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Toy Rat Doxie size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Toy Rat Doxie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
Female Toy Rat Doxie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs

Toy Rat Doxie Owner Experiences

20 Months
2 People
Play keep away
He is the best he is kinda the perfect dog for college life he naps and cuddles while I’m doing homework and encourages me to workout twice a day for our runs and he likes having a very scheduled day which helps me stay on top of things
1 year, 3 months ago
9 Months
1 People
I have never seen a dog love grass and stuffed things so much! These dogs, as well, have problems with their baby teeth not falling out. So make sure by 8-9M they have fallen out or talk to your vet!
4 years, 7 months ago
12 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Tug of war
Extremely affectionate (Velcro dog) with liquid expressive eyes. Loving, excitable, tears stuffing from his toys. Hates cats.
4 years, 1 month ago
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
‘Tag’ with my kids
stuffed animals
Thor is so sweet, protective, loyal & fun! He likes to dig the blankets, loves his hammer (bones), he also rips the stuffing from his stuffed animals. He is very smart, and a great pet! He barks to let us know if there is a visitor, or a squirrel in the tree, loves car rides and hates baths and is very curious!
3 years, 8 months ago
18 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Very lovable personality. Stays with me all day around the house. He loves running around the large back yard. Going to the mailboxes is a challenge becauae he sniffs everything!
2 years, 8 months ago
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