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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 2015 Annual Report

New Rattitude's 2015 Annual Report is available to view online. A PDF version (you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed) is available for download. Download 2015 Annual Report

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Foster Home: Piney River, Virginia

A Rat Terrier available for adoption from New Rattitude.

My name is Winnie, and I'm 12 lbs. and 9 years of feisty personality, but please don't think of me as a crusty old lady (though I can have my moments). With the long lifespan enjoyed by Rat Terriers, you could hardly consider me old. And instead of crusty, I prefer to compare myself to the best French bread--a bit crunchy on the outside, but soft and yummy on the inside. It's true that I don't like kids or big dogs, but I do enjoy dogs my own size and even some cats! In fact, one of my best friends is a cat. We sit and sun ourselves together. I also don't appreciate thunderstorms or getting my picture taken; either one will send me skedaddling for cover. Foster Mom says I can be snarky towards some folks, but if you're patient and gentle--not pushy--I'm sure to show you my soft side and you're gonna love it! For example, I do a little dance when I'm happy, and if you mention taking a ride to the ice cream store, I'll be hopping and wiggling for joy on the way to the door! I am house trained and walk nicely on a leash, but I'm not fond of being left in a crate. Foster Mom says that I'm really quite undemanding. All I need is a quiet home where I can snuggle on the couch and a kindhearted person who is home most of the time so that I won't have to be crated too much. I'm hoping YOU might be that person. To help you decide, I did allow a few more photos, which you can see at

A Rat Terrier available for adoption from New Rattitude.


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You can make a difference in the lives of New Rattitude's foster dogs who are awaiting their forever homes by donating towards our "When You Wish Upon A Star" holiday challenge through December 31! CLICK HERE to make your tax-deductible contribution for 2016.


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CongRATulations to the winners of New Rattitude's 2017 Calendar Photo Contest. Winning photos will be featured in New Rattitude's eighth annual calendar, on sale now in the New Rattitude ReTail Shop. Visit the Events Page for the contest results!


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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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