Breed group : Terrier, Non-Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Terrier, Non-Sporting Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Obedience, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 10 - 25 years Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 11 - 16 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Brat is a cross between the Boston Terrier and the American Rat Terrier. As the names suggest, both parent pure breeds are American in origin, and working or hunting dogs in their lineages. The Boston Terrier, named for its city of origin, is a small, stocky dog with a flattened face, and is thought to be bred down from pit-fighting dogs of the terrier and and bull types. The American Terrier was popular in rural homes, especially in the Dust Bowl Era, and worked as ratters and vermin-hunters around farms and barns. It is a small, agile dog with a keen hunting temperament that can also be affectionate and playful once inside the house or with its family.
The Brat's colors and coat patterns are varied, as are its parents'. Common to the Boston Terrier, considered a dapper little dog, are brown, brindle, and black, white white patches on the face, body and paws. The American Rat Terrier is mostly solid colors with white markings, with or without tan points.
The single coat is short and hard, but smooth to the touch and fine in texture.
The Brat is a small, stylishly lively dog that prefers to be near its owner most of the time. It has a happy and outgoing disposition, and will not hesitate to check out other people and dogs. This boldness, however, coupled with the Brat's seeming unawareness of its own size, may lead it to trouble with other, larger dogs. It is an affable pet, and but could be initially reserved with strangers. It is a people-pleaser, and will often go into antics to amuse and please its owner. It is gentle and sturdy enough for children to play with, and its energy stores, despite its size, ensure hours of play and enjoyment.
Coat care and maintenance is simple for the Brat. Weekly brushing with a soft brush will keep it clean and shiny. Bathing will be necessary only every 4 to 6 weeks.
The Brat needs to be properly socialized, to ensure relative peace with other dogs in the household, and to round off its personality. Intelligent and alert, the Brat will pick up quick enough on commands, but might have trouble at times with obedience. Consistent and firm training is recommended as early as possible. It can be trained to raise an alarm for strangers and unusual circumstances.
The Brat is suitable for small urban dwellings, as long as it has an open space for play. Walks and sessions in a park will help socialize it, keep it stimulated, fulfill its need for the occasional wandering and exploring.