The Rat-A-Pap is a small-sized cross between two purebreds – the Papillon and the Rat Terrier. Like its parents, the Rat-A-Pap’s ears are large and erect, but can be tipped, giving it an intelligent and alert expression. Its body is stocky with a refined head, tapered muzzle, a black nose, a pair of slightly rounded eyes, and well-proportioned legs.
|Other names||Rat Terrier-Papillon Mix|
|Color||White/cream, brown and white, black and white, apricot|
|Group of Breed||Terrier, Toy|
|Size/Height||Small; about 12 inches|
|Temperament||Friendly, playful, loyal, intelligent, brave|
|Size of Litter||About 5 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||ACHC, IDCR, DDKC|
Charming, fun loving, wary, and smart, the Rat-A-Paps are highly spirited dogs that love romping around the yard as much as sitting in their owner’s lap.
Known to make good family pets, they show keenness of perception and understanding, intuitively responding to their owner’s moods.
Since they love to be praised and have a desire to please, they will often follow the members of their family around the house.
They get bored and may display destructive behavior when left alone. These dogs are always alert and wary of sudden changes in their environment such as unexpected noises, activities, or unfamiliar people.
Once properly trained, these dogs get along well with other pets. They are also patient with children, even those not belonging to their family.
Take advantage of your dog’s inherent curiosity and smartness by making the training sessions more fun and fast-paced. Mix up the activities and keep the training sessions short to keep your pet interested.
The required amount of dry food for a Rat-A-Pap is 1/2-1 cup a day.