We’re adopting our dog today!!!! I’m so excited about the little guy. I just got off the phone with the vet and she told me that the dog appears to be a rat terrier, rather than a Jack Russel terrier. Apparently, it’s very easy to confuse the two. This was a big relief, because in reading about JRTs, it didn’t seem to describe the dog that came to our porch. However, in reading about rat terriers – it’s almost uncanny how close the description is to our impression of the dog.
We’re in the process of choosing a name, so until then, he’s still “the dog.”
Here’s a picture of him from the night he showed up at our house:
“The Rat Terrier is an intelligent, alert and loving dog. Very inquisitive and lively. This affectionate dog makes an excellent companion for those who will enjoy an energetic dog. They are good with children, especially if they are raised with them from puppyhood. They are fairly territorial, and for the most part friendly with strangers. Rat Terriers make good watchdogs. These dogs are quick and very playful and are not yappers. The temperament of these dogs is pure terrier. The lively, feisty, fearless nature can be found in the best of terriers. They are eager to please and respond and pick training up faster than most dogs. The Rat terrier is a very well mannered, well rounded dog. They are easy to train and very eager to learn and to please their owner. They love to go with you and to do what you do. They are also very good swimmers, not bashful or afraid and have no problem with the water. They make good farm dogs as well as excellent family dogs for pets and companionship. This hardy dog is used for hunting expeditions as well as terrier work. They are easy adjusted as mature dogs into families with or without children.” (taken from http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/ratterrier.htm)