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All About Ratties

The Rat Terrier is an American breed that originated from a mixture of crosses by European immigrants in the late 19th century old time Fox Terriers and other European Terriers. They were common on American family farms in the 1920s and 1930s. Click for more about Rat Terriers

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Position Statement on Shock Collars

The New Rattitude Board of Directors has adopted a Position Statement on the use of shock collars. Click to read the Position Statement

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New Rattitude Hates Puppymills

More than 50 million puppies are born each year in puppy mills in the U.S.A. What is a puppy mill and why is this bad? Read here for information.
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Clinic Report

New Rattitude regularly takes in dogs with special medical needs. Please visit our Canine Clinic to learn more about some of the dogs who are in current need of special care and how you can help.
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Puppy Breath

Need a puppy fix? When we have new litters in our fostercare program, we will preview them in our "nursery." Click here to check them out!
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Senior & Middle Aged Ratties

Mature Ratties make some of the very best pets! Want to learn more? Check out our Adopt A Senior information page and visit our Senior Rattie Album
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New Rattitude's 2017 Annual Report

New Rattitude proudly presents our 2017 Annual Report. Click here to view online!

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Foster Home: Smyrna, Tennessee

A Rat Terrier available for adoption from New Rattitude.

When Bud gets the "zoomies" a couple of times a day, racing around the house in high spirits and excitement, he is quite the entertainer. Generally sweet and affectionate, this 13 lb., 3-year-old Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix enjoys being a snuggly lap dog who is a good listener and well house trained. He walks politely on leash and loves going on walks. Bud is originally from Louisiana and occasionally exhibits the temperament of a "ragin' Cajun" when he gets overly tired or feels frightened or defensive. When surprised or frightened (such as when he is touched unexpectedly when snuggled completely under a blanket) he has snapped at or bitten people. Some of his skittishness may stem from the fact that he experiences some joint pain, for which he has recently been prescribed a daily anti-inflammatory. This medicine has greatly improved his quality of life and thus his attitude, but it hasn't totally eliminated his behavioral quirks. While most of the time he gets along very well with the other dogs in his foster home, Bud does have the habit of resource guarding and has bitten dogs who intrude in his space when he has a possession that he holds near and dear. Consistent positive training in his foster home has lessened this reaction, but he has quite a ways to go to get over it completely so he needs an experienced and patient pet parent who knows how to read a dog's body language, will heed Bud's cues when he is feeling uncomfortable, and continue his positive training. Despite being somewhat challenging, Bud longs for love and acceptance as much as any other dog. Bud is looking for a home close enough to his foster home that he can invite you over and show you first-hand the kinds of situations that can trigger his occasional behavioral issues. Check out Bud's online photo album by clicking HERE. And apply to adopt by clicking HERE.

A Rat Terrier available for adoption from New Rattitude.


New Rattitude T-Shirts in our ReTail Shop
Now in the New Rattitude Retail Shop - 2018 T-shirts! Has a rat terrier stolen your heart? Beautiful high quality T-shirts in sizes S through 3XL, featuring a custom New Rattitude design, are now in stock! Visit the ReTail Shop today to place your order.


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New Rattitude proudly presents our 2017 Annual Report. Click here to view online!


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Have you ever considered fostering a Rat Terrier? Wonder how New Rattitude supports our foster homes and makes it easy? CLICK HERE to learn how easy it can be and get your questions answered.


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