Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Breed History

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier History

President Teddy Roosevelt and his family loved the smaller terriers that hunted vermin and loved the ability of the terriers to hunt and be a family companion.  Thus our breed was named in honor of him and his strive to create  working dog that was prey driven, and a loving devoted family companion.

UKC recognition in 1999, and AKC FSS recognition in October 2016, and AKC Misc July 2019. Check out both standards at the bottom of this page. 

 History of Teddy Roosevelt Terriers

    The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is an American breed descended from the terriers brought over by English miners and other working class immigrants. These versatile terriers probably included crosses between the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Beagle, the Whippet, the Italian Greyhound, and the now extinct white English Terrier. These dogs were used as ratters, and soon became known as “Rat Terriers.” Two types of Rat Terriers evolved, distinguished primarily by leg length. The short-legged Rat Terriers developed a devoted following and were named in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt, who was once thought to have owned these ratters.

    The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1999.

      The Rat Terrier, popular in the 1800’s with the English miners was used to kill the rats found in the mine shafts and the shacks where the miners slept. The miners bet on which dog would kill the most rodents, and also used them in dog-fighting. These game were a popular pastime for the English miners.
Once known as “feists” for their feisty nature, the dogs were a cross between several breeds: the Smooth Fox Terrier, The Manchester Terrier and the White English Terrier, long since extinct. Over time, they were also paired up with the whippet, and the greyhound to induce great speed and stamina. The beagle was introduced in the line to sharpen hunting skills.
Teddy Roosevelt hunted with his Rat Terriers earning them the distinction of being called Teddy Roosevelt Terriers. But as time passed they were simply known again as Rat Terriers.
There are two types of Rat Terriers- a short-legged Rat Terrier believed to have been crossed with either Corgis or Dachshunds. The short-legged terrier was the one favored by Teddy Roosevelt.
Over time, they were also paired up with the whippet or the greyhound to induce great speed and stamina, and the beagle was also introduced in the line to sharpen the hunting skills. This gave way to the long- legged Rat Terrier capable of great speed and stamina. These Rat Terriers are used by hunting and sporting enthusiasts.
Appearance - The Rat Terrier has a thick, short-haired shiny coat. They are suitable for trailing and exposing game birds and hunting jackrabbits or squirrels. Their Heads are broad and ears a V-shaped.They are good-natured, active and intelligent dogs with a nose for scenting and speed and grace for the chase.
Description - The Rat Terrier seems always alert and are a very active breed. When not hunting however, the Rat Terrier is a great companion, getting alone with children, other dogs and even cats. The breed was defined and accredited in 1995 with a breed standard being written and faithfully maintained by conscientious breeders today.
Color - Variety of Colors
Life Expectancy - 11-14 years

STANDARDS LINK: http://www.nrta.com/newratstandards5.html

Can you tell the difference in a Rat Terrier and a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier ?

ther Names - American Rat Terrier

AKC TEDDY ROOSEVELT TERRIER BREED STANDARD http://akc.org/dog-breeds/teddy-roosevelt-terrier/