Here at River Ridge Rat Terriers we take Rat Terriers seriously, we breed standard size, health tested and passed Rat Terriers. It is very important to our program that our Rat Terriers retain the hunting drive and remain a working breed. Our dogs are American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) registered, and excel at hunting, show ring and performance events. Our well structured dogs where form follows function and function follows form allows our dogs to do it all. Starting in Rat Terrier rescue in 1998 and buying our first Show dog in 2003, we have some of the TOP Rat Terriers in the conformation ring in the NATION since our program began. We are not a business, but enjoy training and showing as a hobby. Training, breeding, showing, and developing a line is a slow journey with many turns, but it is one of the most rewarding rides we have taken. Even as a hobby, Rat Terriers have become a passion that we continuing to explore. There is much to accomplish—our perfect dog is yet to be produced!
Rat Terriers are considered a breed that is very versatile. A few words that best describe a Rat Terrier would be intelligent, loyal, extremely attentive, successful, multi-tasker and tenacious. The physical characteristics would be great strength, stamina and agility for there size. The Rat Terrier breed in general does have health conditions which should be of concern, please make sure your're purchasing a Rat Terrier from tested parents. Luxating Lens a disease found in Rat Terriers and there is now there is a genetic marker available as of September 2009. Moving forward our program will test all Rat Terriers for Primary Lens Luxation, CERF and complete OFA testing prior to breeding to ensure we do our part to not pass along affected or unsound Rat Terriers.