What causes seizures in rat terriers?

Reactive seizures are caused by the brain’s reaction to a metabolic problem like low blood sugar, organ failure, or a toxin. Secondary seizures are the result of a brain tumor, stroke, or trauma. If no other cause can be found, the disease is called primary, or idiopathic epilepsy.

What kind of health problems does a Rat Terrier have?

As with many small dogs, the Rat Terrier is prone to dental problems and luxating patella, along with a few other common ailments. Generally speaking, however, the Rat Terrier is healthy and hardy, and may live as long as 18 years.

Why are American Rat Terriers the new kid on the block?

Compared to other dog breeds, the American rat terrier is the new kid on the block. They were bred in recent history to help farmers get rid of common rodents and pests that terrorized their farmlands and barns. Like any other dog breed, we always recommend getting to know the rat terrier before bringing one home.

How long does a Rat Terrier dog live?

The Rat Terrier is a small American dog, bred as a companion family and farm dog. As with many small dogs, the Rat Terrier is prone to dental problems and luxating patella, along with a few other common ailments. Generally speaking, however, the Rat Terrier is healthy and hardy, and may live as long as 18 years.

When did the Rat Terrier breed go extinct?

The rat terrier became a common sight among farmers between the 1910s – 1940s. However, when the farmers started using poison to cut down rodent populations, the breed was no longer widespread by the 1950s. Thanks to a few breeders who had sustained the breed, they re-emerged in the late 1970s. They then made a massive comeback in the 1990s.

What is the life expectancy of a Rat Terrier?

15 – 18 years
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Are Rat Terriers rare?

The Rat Terrier is an American dog breed with a background as a farm dog and hunting companion. They share much ancestry with the small hunting dogs known as feists. Common throughout family farms in the 1920s and 1930s, they are now recognized by the United and American Kennel Clubs and are considered a rare breed.