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CAL VAL RAT TERRIERS - RAISING RAT TERRIERS IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FOR THE PAST 27 YEARS.
FAMILY HISTORY: Since the late 1920's my grandparents and my mother raised Rat Terriers. Some of our adult children and now some of our grand children are raising a few litters of Rat Terriers. They all know the importance of this great little dog in our family's history.

RAT TERRIER HISTORY: RAT TERRIERS were previously called "Toy Fox Terriers " and "Ratters" and "Feists." This American developed breed was the "farm dog" of the 40's and 50's. They kept the rodent population under control in the barn filled with grain and hay. Rat Terriers  became the cherished family pet and playmate to the children.

ABOUT US: John and I (married 53 years) are retired and live in the Sierra Nevada Mtns at 3,000 ft elevation. Our dogs play in a fenced back yard or on our large fenced front deck. They sleep indoors at night for their warmth and safety. Fans in the summer. Heaters in the winter.  

SOCIALIZING PUPPIES: Puppies are raised in our living room next to our recliners and handled daily. Puppies learn to become more confident when exposed to a noisy busy home. Visitors are invited to hold and play with the puppies. Visiting grandchildren (we have 25 of those) enjoy the puppies as you can imagine. 2 more great grand children are expected in the Spring of 2021. We are excited!!

PROPER PUPPY PROTOCOL: PPP (as I call it) starts at 4-5 weeks when puppies are introduced to the front deck for supervised play. Their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and sometimes cranky elders teach them acceptable puppy behavior in the dog world. This is an important time in their development. Plus, it provides cheap entertainment for John and I as we watch from our large front window!  

DOG SHOWING: 20 years of dog showing, first with UKC and now AKC, has taught us a lot!  Most importantly, making good breeding choices aiming for healthy, structurally correct Rat Terriers with great temperaments. By competing in conformation our dogs are evaluated and validated by professional judges. We feel if our dogs are not good enough to earn their Champion or Grand Champion titles they probably shouldn't be bred. I've slowed down now that I'm in my mid 70's and only go to select shows that are close to me. While most of our puppies are not going into "show homes" we believe you want the best quality Rat Terriers we can produce.

HEALTH TESTING: Our dogs are DNA tested for PLL, PRA-PRCD, DM and for the "coat length" gene. Only CLEAR dogs are bred. The parent's hearts & patellas are vet examined and deemed excellent. I am a retired Reg Nurse with an OB background. I was also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) With that professional background I am very focused on health, safety and good record keeping. I draw on my OB experience as I assist mothers giving birth. But I'm also very grateful for our local vets as they are invaluable to me when I need them. I give vaccinations and worming meds on schedule and do my own tail docking and dew claw removal. I also microchip all our puppies before they leave.

SPAY/NEUTER: We encourage spay/neuter for all dogs not destined for the show ring or breeding. Most of our "show quality" puppies go to pet homes and are spayed/neutered. That's OK since our primary goal is to provide quality Rat Terriers to dog dedicated families. If they are shown in the ring that's just a bonus.

AKC KENNEL INSPECTION 6/28/2019: In a random kennel inspection AKC Field Rep. Scott Jackson visited our home. This was his final statement on the report: "The Breeder is in compliance with all the rules and regulations of the AKC and should be commended on the overall care and condition of her dogs and the organization of her records."   

CAL VAL PUPPIES ARE ...
**Sold with a Health Warrantee **Out of Grand Champion bloodlines **Out of only PLL, PRA-PRCD, DM and coat "length" gene CLEAR parents who are Vet examined for "excellent" hearts/patellas **Microchipped / Vaccinated / Dewormed on schedule **Litter box trained by 7 wks (started at 3.5 wks)**Raised in our living room with lots of love **Lifetime return policy if you are ever unable to care for your puppy/dog.

LEARNING ABOUT RAT TERRIERS: I (Gail) was on the Board of Directors for ARTA (American Rat Terrier Assoc) for several years. I chaired several projects and committees.  I personally designed the ARTA logo, which is still being used. I also created the ARTA Color Guide. I worked side by side with UKC(United Kennel Club) Vice Pres. Cindy Cook. This was an invaluable time in my personal growth and learning about all things, RAT TERRIER.  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Our local SPCA / Animal Control Dept know us well. All our dogs are registered with Mariposa Co. We have worked with the SPCA in rehoming several Rat Terriers over the years.
Please ask questions, request photos and/or visit our home. We like people to see how we raise our dogs. If we don't have "your" puppy, we will help you find what you want/need.

REFERRALS: We refer to other breeders who have the same health testing protocols we do. We are not in competition with anyone. Nor, do we argue with those who may feel differently than we do. We will not participate in slander.  

PHOTOS / WEBSITE: I take all our photos. They are copyright protected with all rights reserved. Photographing puppies and keeping websites up to date is my passion. I try to put up NEW photos of our puppies every week to keep you happy! I like taking extra photos of any puppy you are interested in. I use it as an excuse to avoid housework! You may share any of our albums with others but do NOT post them on social media. Ask my permission if you wish to copy a photo for personal use. Please, do not cross post our photos or albums without our permission.  

HAPPY RATTING!  
Gail and Hubby John (53 yrs and counting ...)          
                 
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CAL VAL PUPPIES  - POPPY / CH TAG
1. CAL VAL PUPPIES  - POPPY / CH TAG   (01/16/2021)
NEW PHOTOS 2/27/2021
PUPPIES ARE NOW 6 WEEKS OLD.  Time for their vaccinations and microchips

BORN JANUARY 16, 2021 out of ...
SIRE: AKC CHAMP TOP SHELF HEARTS HACKED BY A MATRIX..."TAG"  13 1/2 inch
DAM: AKC CAL VAL CALIFORNIA POPPY... "POPPY" 14 1/2 inch

PRICE: $1400
DEPOSIT $400  Balance due at time of pick up but no later than 8 weeks old.
Deposit is non refundable unless owner defaults.

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CAL VAL PUPPIES
**AKC CHAMPION Bloodlines **Sold with 1 year Health Warrantee ** Out of PLL, PRA-PRCD and Length gene CLEAR parents
**Cardiac and Patellas  good per Vet exam **On schedule for vaccinations/deworming **Microchipped before leaving **Litterbox
trained starting at 4 wks old **Tails docked/dew claws removed **Raised in our home with daily handling and lots of love
**Lifelong Return policy if you are ever unable to care for your dog/puppy

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CAL VAL PUPPIES - BETTY / JORGE
2. CAL VAL PUPPIES - BETTY / JORGE   (12/1/2020)
ALBUM and PHOTOS UPDATED 1/27/2021 - PUPPIES ARE 6 WKS OLD and were given their
1st VACCINATION and were MICROCHIPPED. Will be leaving in the next 2 weeks to join their families.
ALL ARE RESERVED

Born DEC 16, 2020 to ....
SIRE: CAL VAL COURT JESTER JORGE  (JORGE)  14 inches
(GrCH Cal Val Regis Smiley by Guy X GrCH Tbl Mtn Cal Val Lulu Laroo)
DAM: CAL VAL YOU BET YOU'RE ROSETTE  (BETTY)  12 inch Mini
(GrCH Canyon Sunset Phineas @Mysthaven@CalVal X GrCH Cal Val Mtn Top Cleo)

HISTORY of this litter:
This was not a planned breeding. The sire is young and the owners underestimated his "abilities"  
I received a phone call from a young woman asking me to "take the dogs back...and the female is in heat"
It took me a while to realize who I was talking to. She went on to tell me  her young husband had died in a
terrible accident and she was overwhelmed. Then, I realized who I was talking to and we both cried.
She and her teenage son are trying to adjust to this terrible shock.
We picked up BETTY and JORGE and brought them home on Nov 6 and waited to see if Betty was pregnant.
She was! Thankfully, the breeding is a good one. All 4 Grandparents to these puppies are GRAND CHAMPIONS.

Our Granddaughter, Laura, will be raising and selling this litter to help her with college costs.
Laura recently obtained her Associate Degree at a Community College,  while continuing to work full time.  
We are proud of her work ethic and offered her the opportunity to raise this litter to help with her goals.

PRICE: $1500  Deposit $500 non refundable unless owner defaults.
(DOM) Breeder Hold
(ANGELO) - Reserved w/deposit for JIM
(LUPE) - Reserved w deposit for ANGELA
(MARIA) - Reserved w Deposit for NATHAN
(MAGGIE) - Reserved pending Deposit for Jeannie
(ROSIE) - Reserved pending Deposit for Gary

CONTACT:  Gail at GRINAVERE@AOL.COM or 209-404-3177 text please

CAL VAL puppies are
** Sold with ONE year Health Warranty ** Out of DNA tested Parents CLEAR of PLL, PRA-PRCD, DM & Length Gene
** Out of Grand Champion Bloodlines **Vaccinated & Dewormed on schedule ** Microchipped
**Tails docked, Dew claws removed **Raised in our home w daily handling and lots of love
**Litter box trained started at 3.5 weeks old **Lifelong Return Policy if you are ever unable to care for your dog/puppy
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OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES
3. OUR RAT TERRIER LADIES  (June 24, 2011)

1) AKC GRCH CAL VAL MTN TOP CLEO
2) AKC GRCH TBL MTN CAL VAL LULU LAROO
3) CAL VAL TAKEELA MOCKINGBIRD
4) AKC GRCH CAL VAL KOALA T BLUJEANS

(RETIRED LADIES)
GRCH CAL VAL LEGGO MY HALO (RIP)
GRCH CAL VAL ZSA ZSA VON BAITDRIVEN
CH CAL VAL NOW AND ZEN
GRCH CAL VAL HOOLA DEJA DO
GRCH CAL VAL LEGGO MY STILETTO
CH CAL VAL MARY LITTLE SCRUPLES
CH CAL VAL ZIPPITY DOODAH
CH CAL VAL BLUE SUEDE CHEWS (RIP)
CH CAL VAL FINE BLUE CHINA (RIP)
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OUR RAT TERRIER GENTLEMEN
4. OUR RAT TERRIER GENTLEMEN  (June 27, 2011)
1) GRAND CHAMPION REGIS SMILEY BY GUY
2) CAL VAL RELIABLE ALIBI @ TBLMTN  "ELI"
3) CHAMP CAL VAL MIAKODA TATONKA

(RETIRED) MALES
1)  GUY GRAND CHAMPION ROCK E CAL VAL GUY SMILEY
2)  BRUCE CHAMPION BRUCE ALL MIGHTY @ CAL VAL
3)  GRAND CHAMPION CAL VAL LITTLE MR BIG
4) CAL VAL JUST MY LUCK TUCK

We are fortunate to have several close breeder friends who share their quality males with us
for breeding.  None of us are in competition with each other.  We try to help each other
in our breeding choices ... always with an eye to creating better and better Rat Terriers.
Other Hobby Breeders will understand the wisdom in this. More then one intact male sets up
competitive stress for the dogs and that stresses out us humans!  
GRCH REGIS sires litters for us as well as outside selected females.

ALL of our MALES and FEMALES are PLL & PRCD CLEAR!
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GAILS RAT TERRIERS FROM THE PAST
5. GAILS RAT TERRIERS FROM THE PAST  (January 3, 2002)
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SINCE THE EARLY 1900'S MY FAMILY HAS BEEN LOVING AND RAISING RAT TERRIERS. HERE YOU CAN SEE THE
PHOTOS OF MY GRANDPARENTS, MY MOTHER, MY UNCLE AND THE RAT TERRIERS THEY RAISED WHO WERE SO
MUCH A PART OF THE FAMILY.  THEY CALLED THEM "TOY FOX TERRIERS" BUT YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE
NOT THE SMALL TFT OF TODAY.  THEY WERE LATER CALLED RAT TERRIERS BY PRESEIDENT TEDDY
ROOSEVELT AND THAT BECAME THEIR OFFICIAL NAME SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

THEY ARE REMARKABLY SMART, LOYAL, FUN AND VERSATILE DOGS WHO WILL WAG THEIR WAY INTO YOUR HEART
AND BE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE.

WE SHOW AND CHAMPION AND GRAND CHAMPION OUR DOGS TO VALIDATE THEIR QUALITY BUT MOST OF
OUR PUPS GO TO FAMILIES WHO JUST WANT A WONDERFUL PET, WHICH IS FINE WITH US.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A PUREBRED REGISTERED DOG, WHY NOT BUY QUALITY?

If you have any questions about our current Rat Terriers or just want to talk dogs... email me at GRINAVERE@AOL.COM

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WELCOME TO OUR HOME
6. WELCOME TO OUR HOME  (JUNE 25, 2008)
We moved to the mountains in APRIL of 2008. We are surrounded by tall
pine trees and clean fresh air. We are at 3,000 ft elevation so we do get some snow
each winter...just enough to be decorative but not a hardship.

WE LOVE IT HERE... who wouldn't?
Each year we add improvements to the home and yard is a work in progress.
I'll try to get updtaed photos with each new change

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CALENDAR  BOYS AND GIRLS
7. CALENDAR  BOYS AND GIRLS  (December 5, 2002)
ALBUM UPDATED 1/28/09

(2015) I'm only 6 yrs behind in adding to this web site. I'll get to it ... Really!  Our dogs
have been featured every year ... much to our gleeful surprise.

STARTING IN 2002 WITH THE FIRST NATIONAL RAT TERRIER CALENDAR (EVER!)
OUR TWO PUPPIES WERE FEATURED ON THE FRONT COVER.

EVERY YEAR SINCE THEN  OUR DOGS HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER OR THE INSIDE OF THE
BROWN TROUT CALENDARS AND ARE NOW BEING FEATURED ON OTHER NATIONAL CALENDARS.

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE THRILL OF HAVING OUR DOGS FEATURED IN THIS WAY!!

They pick the photos without any influence from us!  Really!
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GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL GETS HER NAME
8. GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL GETS HER NAME  (August 21, 2003)
ALBUM UPDATED 1/28/09
Every once in a while you keep a puppy who has the appearance of a total sweetheart. Then, they turn into a rip-snortin' package of trouble, wrapped up in a cute package.  

Such is the case with Miss CAL VAL GIRDY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL and this is how she got her name.

GIRDY IS AN ADULT NOW AND A DELIGHTFUL PET TO A WONDERFUL FAMILY. I'VE NEVER HAD A PUPPY QUITE LIKE HER.

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UKC GR CH CHAOS
9. UKC GR CH CHAOS    (August 21, 2003)
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CHOAS came to us a as a fat puppy from Patty Cromer of Maxwells Rats in Alabama many years ago and our life has never been the same.
This sweet suhthun boy won my heart and knocked our sox off in the show ring. CHAOS was the first dog that I truly considered my OWN and my HEART DOG. He taught me how to show dogs as he was a natural and I was a Newbie.
Not only did I acquire my canine heart throb, I also acquired a great friend in Patty.
CHAOS's parents are:
MAXWELL'S FULL OF TROUBLE
and MAXWELL'S MISSY
He is a UKC Grand Champion and one of his daughter's was the 2002 #1 TOP TEN Rat Terrier in the Nation in show points.
CHAOS has several Champion and Grand Champion offspring and grandoffspring now. Many have been in the Top Ten. He was the featured dog on the 2003 front cover of the Brown Trout Calendars for Rat Terriers and in the year 2004 he is the featured dog for the month of MAY.

SAD UPDATE:  CHAOS was injured in September of 2005 and barely survived.  He was left paralized. I spent the next 3 1/2 months trying to rehabilitate him enough that he could stand and walk again. That required expressing his bladder several times a day and sewing outfits for him to protect his legs from sores as he scooted across the house. We made some progress but he was never able to walk or stand. He was relatively happy but he really missed being outside and KING of the yard.

It was an emotional time for me and for my family.  The Grandchildren were especially affected by this as he was dearly loved by all of them.  On December 10, 2005, after much prayer and many family discussions, I let CHAOS go to his Heavenly Father. For months I could not talk about it or I would dissolve. I've never had the loss of a dog effect me so much. I missed my buddy and my friend. I appreciated all the kind words of condolences from those who loved my boy and who love me. It helped.
Most Sincerely, Gail

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