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Miniature Rat Terriers


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Testing & More

This ablum contains information on OFA, CHIC and testing for those national data bases, our terms and what you as a buyer can expect. Testing does not mean that every puppy we breed is perfect. What is does mean is that we are trying. We are trying to improve our beloved breeds so that maybe issues will be less and less of a concern in our breeds.

Primary Lens Luxation In Rat Terriers

Primary lens luxation is an inherited disorder in which the zonules or suspensory fibers degenerate. The condition occurs mainly in the terrier breeds, namely the Parson Russell terrier, Tibetan terrier, smooth fox terrier and rat terrier. Primary luxations are also seen in the border collie, the Australian cattle dog (blue heeler), and sporadically in other breeds. Although the underlying reasons for the lens luxation are not well understood, inflammation or a defect in the zonules may play a role. With primary lens luxations, both eyes are prone to dislocation of the lens. "

Until October 15, 2009 there was NO test for PLL. Breeders were having to breed in the dark. But NOW, there is NO excuse. The University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine through the partnership of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals), now has a DNA test for this mutation.

The DNA test can determine a dogs PLL status. See more about PLL, testing for PLL and breeding with PLL HERE
KnD Have been and are still in the process of getting out dogs tested. We ask that you all bare with us as this is expensive and it will take us time to get them done.

Rat Terrier Characteristics:

"The Rat Terrier is an energetic, alert dog whose curiosity and intelligence make him easy to train. The Rat Terrier has sometimes been described as having a dual personality. He is a fearless, tenacious hunter with seemingly unlimited energy. When he is not hunting, however, the Rat Terrier is an exceptionally friendly companion, getting along well with children, other dogs, and even cats. Rat Terriers enjoy human companionship immensely and will enthusiastically share any activity with their owners. Rat Terriers should not be sparred during conformation judging."
Source: UKC Rat Terrier Breed Standard

Type "A" or Type"B"?:

KnD breeds Miniature Rat Terriers and what some of you refer to as Type "A". The fact is there is no more Type "A" or "B" in the UKC Breed Standard. Type "B" branched off into their own breed and are now called Teddy Roosevelt Terriers. As well as the American Hairless Terriers. They use to be a Hairless Rat Terrier until they too branched off into thier own breed.

This is
GRCH Texas True Blues Sir Marcus
He is a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier what use be known as a B Type Rat Terrier.
Isn't he handsome. He is breed and owned by our friend and fellow Texan Denise Brenard.
Click here to visit Texas True Blues


There is no such thing as a true merle Rat Terrier. These dogs are hybrids
and it is very possible for them to have a wealth of health problems.
Merle is not an acceptable pattern for Rat Terriers by any of the major registries.
AKC, UKC and even UKCI has changed their standard to read merle as a DQ (disqualification). Z “DISQUALIFICATIONS-A dog that cannot be brought under control. Monorchid and
Cryptorchid. Brindle on body other than face, merle color.”

Source: Here UKCI Breed standard
To read more about merle and it's health issues please go READ HERE


Fact or Fiction

This is suppose to be the Rat Terriers family tree. I have asked many many purebred Rat Terrier breeders where it came from. NO ONE knows and most would disagree with it.

Terms You Will See On KnD Health Reports

  • ~ Pending: The test are sent to OFA and we are waiting for the report and certification numbers.
  • ~ Kennel Rate: The dog is of proper age for testing and has been tested but waiting for other dogs to test for OFA to take advantage of reduced rates for 5 or more dogs at one time.
  • ~ Proper Age Of 2: The dog is not of age to complete the full range of test.
  • ~ In Process: Testing has began.

What You Can Expect

All PET puppies are spayed or neutered prior to leaving Your puppy will be spayed or neutered at the age of 9 weeks old. It will then stay here at KnD until it is 12 weeks old to insure it's health prior to leaving. All puppies are microchipped, wormed and have had a 5 way vaccination at 6 weeks, a 7 way at 9 and 12 weeks.

KnD are ADVOCATES of spaying and neutering your PETS!!!

*Show and performance homes please inquire further*

*Please Note:*
We reserve the right to carefully select who we allow to have our babies. We do not mean to offend anyone but we must do what we see as best for our babies for they are indeed our babies. All monies used as a deposit to hold a puppy are non refundable after the puppy is announced as sold.

A Little Information

Our kids are not bred before the age of two. They are OFA Certified and CHIC (when applicable).
All of our babies are UKC Registered and/or AKC FSS.
These links below will take you to their sites.

What Is OFA and CHIC?: "The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC,is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA."
(source: CHIC)
Please Read Here:
Should we OFA and CHIC? and Lar-Mons Little Boy Blue "Boo"

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This is suppose to be the Rat Terriers family tree. I have asked MANY purebred Rat Terrier breeders where it came from. NO ONE knows and most would disagree with it. Chihuahua has been bred into Rat Terriers many many years later. As recent as 10-15 years ago and they are NOT purebred. They are hybrids a companion breed not a hunting breed.

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