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Old 07-14-2012, 03:32 PM
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Question What do you think- blue heeler/rat terrier mix?

Hi all! My babygirl Suri just turned five years old. I bought her as a puppy from an Amish family. Her mother was on the premises and the family told me she was a rat terrier (I think? She had a black coat with tan markings, not the typical white coat that my mom's rat terrier has. I don't remember seeing any white on her. She looked to weigh around 12-14 lbs. The pups were 10 weeks old and almost as big as her already!). The father was the neighboring Amish family's dog (I didn't get to meet him) and I was told he was a blue heeler/cattle dog. Lots of Amish around here have heelers and terriers as family dogs.

Anyway, I've done some research on both breeds out of curiousity, and I definitely see the heeler traits in Suri! She is extremely loyal and loving with my mom and me- cautious/wary of strangers but she warms up to them if they give her some affection. She is very muscular and extremely fast! She loves to run and has endless energy. I haven't ever seen her nip at people's heels as is typical of blue heelers, but she does love playing with my shoes sometimes while I am walking. (we make a fun game out of it, she loves biting my shoes, but -only- mine. I've never seen her want to do it to anyone else). She has a very high pitch bark (also a heeler trait, I've heard!) and can be aggressive to dogs that come on her turf, especially female dogs. She normally won't bark or growl at dogs when she is off her turf, but I would say she doesn't particularly like strange dogs at all. She gets along great with my moms dog, a purebred rat terrier, but they grew up together.

I am definitely curious as to if her mom was a rat terrier for sure, or some other kind of terrier. Suri has a few typical rat terrier qualities. Her prey drive is HUGE! We live on a farm in the country and she is always chasing (and killing!) vermin, ranging from muskrats, to rabbits, to raccoons. She has been quilled by four different porcupines. (My moms terrier was quilled once and learned his lesson and won't mess with them now, but Suri just can't help herself). She will chase birds, frogs, anything wild that moves pretty much. She has chased a few feral cats also, but ignores our own family cat. Once she even challenged a coyote! Generally, she is very good about coming when I call her, but if she is chasing an animal, there is no stopping her.

My moms rat terrier is very independent and doesn't like to be cuddled- this is not the case with Suri. She loves affection and can never get enough of it. She would be content to sit and have her ears scratched all day long. She can be stubborn, likes to be the dominant animal in the family, and is quick to bark at the slightest strange noise she hears.

She is a handful, but I love her to pieces. Hopefully someone can confirm that she is indeed a blue heeler/rat terrier mix. Here are a couple pictures!

Forgot to add, she weighs 23 pounds and is pure muscle!








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Blue heeler/ rat terrier looks spot on to me. She's adorable!
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Thanks! I get a lot of questions about her- a lot of people ask if she is a miniature doberman pinscher xD
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Hi all! My babygirl Suri just turned five years old. I bought her as a puppy from an Amish family. Her mother was on the premises and the family told me she was a rat terrier (I think? She had a black coat with tan markings, not the typical white coat that my mom's rat terrier has. I don't remember seeing any white on her. She looked to weigh around 12-14 lbs. The pups were 10 weeks old and almost as big as her already!). The father was the neighboring Amish family's dog (I didn't get to meet him) and I was told he was a blue heeler/cattle dog. Lots of Amish around here have heelers and terriers as family dogs.

Anyway, I've done some research on both breeds out of curiousity, and I definitely see the heeler traits in Suri! She is extremely loyal and loving with my mom and me- cautious/wary of strangers but she warms up to them if they give her some affection. She is very muscular and extremely fast! She loves to run and has endless energy. I haven't ever seen her nip at people's heels as is typical of blue heelers, but she does love playing with my shoes sometimes while I am walking. (we make a fun game out of it, she loves biting my shoes, but -only- mine. I've never seen her want to do it to anyone else). She has a very high pitch bark (also a heeler trait, I've heard!) and can be aggressive to dogs that come on her turf, especially female dogs. She normally won't bark or growl at dogs when she is off her turf, but I would say she doesn't particularly like strange dogs at all. She gets along great with my moms dog, a purebred rat terrier, but they grew up together.

I am definitely curious as to if her mom was a rat terrier for sure, or some other kind of terrier. Suri has a few typical rat terrier qualities. Her prey drive is HUGE! We live on a farm in the country and she is always chasing (and killing!) vermin, ranging from muskrats, to rabbits, to raccoons. She has been quilled by four different porcupines. (My moms terrier was quilled once and learned his lesson and won't mess with them now, but Suri just can't help herself). She will chase birds, frogs, anything wild that moves pretty much. She has chased a few feral cats also, but ignores our own family cat. Once she even challenged a coyote! Generally, she is very good about coming when I call her, but if she is chasing an animal, there is no stopping her.

My moms rat terrier is very independent and doesn't like to be cuddled- this is not the case with Suri. She loves affection and can never get enough of it. She would be content to sit and have her ears scratched all day long. She can be stubborn, likes to be the dominant animal in the family, and is quick to bark at the slightest strange noise she hears.

She is a handful, but I love her to pieces. Hopefully someone can confirm that she is indeed a blue heeler/rat terrier mix. Here are a couple pictures!

Forgot to add, she weighs 23 pounds and is pure muscle!








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Hello! We just lost our dog jack who had papers saying he was a black and Tan Rat Terrier but we have not been able to find one just like him! Your Dog looks just like our Jack. If you have any information about where we could get one like yours it would be much appreciated! Your friend in Christ, Carl
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Here is a couple of pictures of our dog Jack.
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I'm sorry for your loss! Jack is adorable.

Unfortunately, I got Suri from an Amish family in upstate New York over seven years ago. I know that they did have at least three litters, but I moved out of the area a couple of years ago.

I definitely can see the terrier in Jack and you are right, the coloring is shockingly similar to Suri's! So beautiful!
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Thank you for responding! Jack was such a wonderful dog and companion! He was very smart! He had over 40 squeak toys and he knew them all by name! He loved to play ball and catch frisbees, and of course chase squirrels! We are looking for one just like him, our hearts are broken! BTW! How do you post a question on this forum?
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Do you know what Jack was mixed with besides rat terrier? I ask because I actually ordered a DNA test to confirm that Suri was indeed half Australian Cattle Dog/half Rat Terrier. I believe you can order them for around 40$ on Amazon (brand name Wisdom Panel). But people on this forum are also amazing at guessing breeds as well if you want to ask.

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Do you know what Jack was mixed with besides rat terrier? I ask because I actually ordered a DNA test to confirm that Suri was indeed half Australian Cattle Dog/half Rat Terrier. I believe you can order them for around 40$ on Amazon (brand name Wisdom Panel). But people on this forum are also amazing at guessing breeds as well if you want to ask.

To make a new thread, just go here:

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and towards the top of the page there is a button called 'New Thread'. Just click on that and type your post and hit submit.

Thank you Altra, I appreciate your help!
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I can see a lot of Kuma-ish' face in some of those pictures you posted and they are very simiular to the other rat terrier facial expressions I've seen. I'm sure you can bet your pup is what the breeders in the amish community says it is.

Amish don't care what color their dogs are just as long as they get the job required of them done. (Since rat terriers are known for having take down over 1000 rats in 7 hours.) Since the amish don't like 'modern' techonology. (That is a record I red of 1 rat terrier dog cleared a rat infested barn in 7 hours and had killed over 1,000 rats.)
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