A really funny, energetic and lithe dog. I have another dog to add to your huge list, the Basenji. He drives me crazy hunting rats. She also lays them out in the same spot in the flower bed beside the porch. By breed standard, size is measured by height, not by weight. Throughout history, the Rat Terrier breed has been used for their agile hunting skills, … Playful and energetic, this dog breed is ready to hunt all the time, so if you don’t have rats to think of, make sure to spend a lot of time playing with it. It can also be willful sometimes and try to take over the whole house. You can raise this breed even in an apartment. But don't let its size fool you, because this is one of its best advantages when catching rats and other vermin. They share much ancestry with the small hunting dogs known as feists. It has boundless energy too, which is why it needs regular exercise and playtime. The Rat Terrier is an all-American breed. The coat of the German Pinscher is strong and glossy and comes in dark brown, black and tan or red colour. Don't underestimate the Yorkie because of its size. It was bred to hunt small animals such as rats, rabbits, and prairie dogs. Because of their small bodies, they are agile and quick, with energy that allows them to dig holes, follow and catch their prey. Give a Dachshund human leadership and long daily walks, and it will become the perfect family companion. This breed's size and energy levels make them ideal for hunting rodents in hard to reach places. He'll alert quickly on where they're getting in and/or nesting, and I can patch and treat in a meaningful way. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. If it comes in the yard, she's gonna kill it. I got a lesson about dog knowledge. Thanks for sharing all the details. Here is a great video of some terriers in action. This dog has a straight coat that comes in red, black or tan colours. And they are fantastic family pets to .. My dog is an English retriever and has killed two rats this week. Thank you, Bettyboop, for sharing it! Of course, if you don’t want to invest in a dog to deal with your rats, then you can always take care of the infestation with some rat traps! We also have a Doberman and she was boss. Their energy is remarkable. My lazy cat loves to watch them catch mice. I have a black-and-tan minipinscher/dauchshund mix. The hub is informative, too. Longhaired Chihuahua/Pekingese mix. With the increasing and lawful use of rat and mouse poison during certain months, I would NEVER own a dog that could catch and consume rats. The problem with dachshund's is that because they are long, they get spinal problems that can paralyze them and have to be put down. I have a mini Schnauzer mix, and, yeah, he's a fantastic hunter. The kills are quick, relatively humane. Given free rein, these breeds would revert to their nature and help eliminate unwanted rats and other vermin that damage lives and property. The dogs will give their best to make their owner and ancestors proud by eliminating the unwanted pests. The boys are protective over me and the female is protective over my boyfriend. My dog has killed a rat, two kittens and a rabbit. The Rat Terrier, as its name suggests, is a member of the Terrier group of breeds. My Siberian Husky is the best at *mousing*. Dachshunds are suitable for families with older children, and they also travel well. It is the quality of being of a dog. Patterdale terriers are fast and formidable ratting dogs. A big dog can also kill a rat but it will have troubles catching one, especially if the vermin is hiding in a small hole. The mice problem is so bad they are about to carry us away! It is also very affectionate, friendly and easy to train. German Pinscher 9. Excellent dog!!!!! Many dogs bred to control the population of rats were working terriers developed in England, Ireland and Scotland. I have a miniature dachshund and he's great at catching mice. Rat terrier dog. This article will go over the top ten dog breeds ideal for catching rats or rodents. Jack Russell Terriers are very clever, cheerful, loving and playful dogs. My pup has slept through the night while our rat guest has chewed through the hall and even through my bedroom door. These are both terrible ideas. Referred to by some people as “earth dogs,” terriers – whose name is derived from the Latin word terra or earth – are bred specifically for hunting underground critters like rodents. The Rat Terrier was only recognized as a breed in 2013. I have never seen a dog more obssessed with catching mice and rats. Both of my Pembroke Welsh Corgis are mousers, will kill any snake the can get ahold of, and keep rabbits out of the garden. At least we think it's him. Is your dog a ratter too? So, often, it will bark to announce the arrival of visitors. I have a shitzus cross jack russell believe me they kill rats ive seen her v quick. Then, I did some research online and discovered that cats will only occasionally bringing home a rodent prey just to brag about it, but they're not as prone to catching them. The Yorker or the Yorkshire terrier is rather small, but it is exactly this diminutive size that makes the breed ideal for hunting rats and other kinds of vermin. That's all I know of her past. Both parent breeds belong to the Terrier family and were originally bred for vermin control and as companion dogs. Beatris Johnson (author) from London on November 18, 2013: I think these dogs hunt rats just for the kill. He's less welcome than the gopher was. A Rat Terrier and Long-Haired Chihuahua mix will usually result in an individual with longer hair than if the Chihuahua parent was of the Short-Haired variety. They have all their shots. When he hears them below the ground he tries to get to them. miniature dachshund/chihuahua (a "chiweenie") and the other is a 15 lb. The big old rat was twitching. Dachshund are great rat killers.....my dwarf-dachshund girl goes absolutly crazy when she see other animals cats rats mouse. They are really good with children, especially if the dog is raised by the family since he or she was a puppy. The West Highland terrier counts among the most popular terrier breeds in the United States and the United Kingdom. I also have a rat. The Manchester Terrier is by far the the best rat catcher, bar none. They are loyal, friendly and affectionate with their family, and they come in 2 sizes - Miniature and Standard. He hunts mice, rats, squirrels, birds, snakes, frogs, and apples. I had a miniature pincher she loved to flush out the mouse and kill it. Rat Poison That Is Safe For Dogs: Two Options! Despite its size, this breed can be a great guardian dog that is completely devoted to its master and family. It turns out, cats are not that willing to chase their prey unless they feel like it. Name is Luckey Barker and he is as handsome and winsome a dog as ever there was. Once, when he was five (5) he found a big old rat in the garden woodpile. It was rare that I didn't find evidence of a kill when out mowing the lawn. Us dead rat presents at the back door. The Jack Russell terrier is not just one of the most popular terrier breeds. He is an amazing dog. Its not really a well known breed. Though highly independent, the Cairn terrier can be trained and are cheerful, loyal, and friendly. Will a mini schnauzer chew where a mouse has been. I have 2 yorkshire terriers they seem to do more barking and try to chase rats and mice but never seem to try and kill them, My APBT has caught 2 rats in the last week. Miniature cocker spaniels aren't good at defending farm perimeters against marauding snow dogs, and pit bulls aren't good at birding. Being a breed native to Czechia (Czech Republic), this small-sized breed is very popular within the country. Sharonville Peabody on November 29, 2016: I have a maltese poodle mix. Just keep in mind that this breed also needs to exercise on a daily basis. My Border Collie would out rat any of these dogs. He is out the door in a shot, surfacing with a rat in his mouth. Now, a really rather remarkable thing happened. If trained correctly, these terriers can perform fascinating tricks. Rat Terriers are independent and love their space. But I think you forgot a breed. Here are the top terrier breeds that make excellent rat hunters. They are exterminators of rats, no cat can come even close. When one presents itself, I bring him over and let him sniff around. 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