Q: Who do I contact if I am interested in a puppy/dog?
A: The breeder whose name, phone number, and e-mail are listed at the top of the litter's/dog's page.
Q: When can I pick up my new companion?
A: Most of the dogs go out to their new owners between 7 and 8 weeks of age because the dogs begin to
bond best to their new owners at that time. Sometimes because of distance and scheduling the dog
may go out earlier or later. We do our best to work with the new owners.
Q: I live in a different state. How can I get one of your dogs?
A: There are a few options:
Remember this is all up to the individual breeder and has to be worked out with them.
- If you are a great distance from us we can fly the dog to you.
Generally we use Continental or Delta airlines.
- We do have relatives in different areas (Northern Wisconsin, South Central Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kentucky) and we may be able
to get the dog to them and you can pick it up there.
- We may also be able to meet you somewhere.
Q: Are all of the breeders on PocketPuppy.com related?
A: No, but darn near! Frank & Audrey are the parents of Frank (Gina), Tammy, and Cheryl. And Tonya is Gina's sister. Nicole is a dear
friend and almost family, and Robin is her sister-in-law and also a very good friend for many years. The bond that started these friendships
was an interest in horses; the Rat Terriers just strengthened the bond.
About Rat Terriers
Q: Are Rat Terriers yappy?
A: Not really. They will alert you to someone at the door or an odd noise, but that's
a dog's job afterall. They aren't what most people classify as 'ankle biters'.
Q: Are Rat Terriers good with children/families?
A: Yes. Rat Terriers are excellent family dogs. Younger children do need to be taught to be kind, but
that goes for children and any animal. Rat Terriers bond closely with their family and enjoy family activites and festivities.
Q: Do Rat Terriers like cats?
A: Yes. Ours are a little batty over the cats. They shower our cats with kisses and love. The cats on the other hand don't exactly
welcome these strong displays of emotion. It's kind of like, "Agh, dog germs!" Once the dog has calmed down and
ended the over-exuberant greeting they will both settle in for some mutually satisfying sunbathing together.
Q: What is the difference between a Rat Terrier and a Toy Fox Terrier(TFT)?
A: Like all breeds, different dogs were bred together to form new breeds. This does not
happen overnight but takes years and years. You will see some similarities between the
two but they are two different breeds. I think the following sums it up best:
Differences Between The Toy Fox Terrier And The Rat Terrier
by Donna Sullivan, President Rat Terrier Club (UKC)
The Rat Terrier is a small to medium sized well muscled hunting dog. In the Rat Terrier, there are two sizes (miniature up to 13" and standard over 13" but not exceeding 18"). They're both coated and hairless. We do not have a toy or giant size in the Rat Terrier.
In many breeds - as in the Rat Terrier - you will find similarities - but it is the differences that distinguishes one breed from another. (Some examples are: Samoyeds/American Eskimos; Norfolk/Norwich Terriers; Lhasa Apso/Tibetan Terrier.)
Let's review some of the obvious differences between a Toy Fox Terrier and a Rat Terrier:
While these may appear to be subtle differences to the untrained eye, size, color, body, movement as well as character make each breed unique.
- TFT Size: Classified by weight - by age of 6 months may not weigh over 7 pounds.
- Rat Terrier: Miniature up to 13" - Standard over 13" and not over 18".
- TFT body: Appears to be square with height approximate to length. The backline is strong, straight and firm.
- Rat Terrier body: Slightly longer than height with 10:9 ratio preferred. The backline is strong and slightly sloping.
- TFT Colors: Predominantly white with acceptable colors of white, & black with tan trim; white & black; white & tan with specific markings of black & tan.
- Rat Terrier Colors: Hairless - any skin color is acceptable, freckles enlarge with age and skin darkens with exposure to the sun. Coated - White; tri colored (white with patches of black & tan); bi colors (any combination of black, tan, chocolate, red, orange, lemon, or blue with white); the white may be any size and located anywhere on the dog.
- TFT Ears: must be erect when alert; are pointed and well up on the sides; set close together; not touching nor set too wide.
- Rat Terrier Ears: the V-shaped ears are set on the outside of the skull and may be erect, tipped or button.
- TFT Eyes: eye set is prominently forward but not bulging; color is always dark - with as dark as possible preferred.
- Rat Terrier Eyes: eyes are obliquely set; round and small - somewhat prominent; rim color matches nose pigmentation; color ranges from dark brown to amber and matches coat color.
- TFT Appearance: a small dog that has conformation, characteristics and personality of a Terrier.
- Rat Terrier Appearance: a small to medium sized muscular hunting dog that is evaluated as a working Terrier.
General Dog Care Questions
Q: What type of dog food should I feed my dog?
A meat based kibble dog food is the best. Avoid a grain based dog food. As a
rule of thumb you get what you pay for. The better the dog food the less waste
there is to pick up. See our article on Dog Food Dilemmas.
Q: How much dog food should I feed my dog?
A: Most bags of dog food have a recommended amount based on age and weight. The better the quality the less
you have to feed and the less waste you have. We never leave food out all day for the dog. We have a set feeding
time (15 min.) and if they do not eat within that time the food goes up. This allows you to monitor the
dog's eating habits and to monitor him for any illness. Your vet may ask you how much your dog is
eating and when he last ate. If you leave food down all day you may not know if he is off his food.
We do leave water out for them at all times, but never put food or water in their kennel. See our article
on General Tips.
Q: Should I put my dog in a kennel at night and during the day when I am gone?
A: That is up to you. Dogs consider their kennel their little den and as a safe place
to go. It makes it easy to housebreak your dog and will help set boundaries for
your dog in the house. We do not recommend letting the dog have run of the house when
you are gone for a couple reasons: one is dominance, the dog may become over protective
of the house with strangers; the second, is housebreaking the dog. You are less likely to
have problems and accidents in the house when he/she is under your direct supervision.
It also makes traveling with a dog easier. Many hotels now allow dogs, but require the dog
to be kenneled. See our article on Crate Training.
Q: I feel bad leaving my dog when I go to work. What can I do?
A: You may want to see if there is a doggie daycare he can go a couple of times a week to
play and socialize. There are more and more of these opening every year.
One of the pluses of taking your dog to daycare is that at the end of the day when you
are ready to relax, so is your dog.
Q: Should I take my dog to a puppy class?
A: YES, YES and YES. Your dog needs to learn what to do and what is expected out of him.
He is a dog and cannot read your mind. It is also a great time for you to bond with your dog.
We strongly recommend that the whole family go so you all learn the same commands and your dog
learns to listen to all members of the family. Your dog also needs to be socialized with other
dogs and people sites.
Q: What type of preventive medicine should I use?
A: That depends on where you live and what you want to spend. Different areas of
the country have different bugs and parasites that could be harmful to your dog.
For worms there are many products. Two we have used are Heartguard and Interceptor
(currently using). The same goes for flea and tick control. We use Frontline, but
there is also Biospot and many others. Talk to your vet and ask them what they
Q: Should I spay or neuter my dog?
A: If you do not plan on using the dog for breeding then YES. It has been proven that dogs
that have been spayed or neutered have a decreased chance of developing cancer. It also
cuts down on unwanted animals.
Q: What do you use to eliminate odors?
A: There are a number of good products out there. We like Simple Solution and Nature's Miracle.
Both are available from PetsMart and other pet stores.
Q: What should I use to groom my dog?
A: There are many different products depending on the type of dog you have and the
type of coat he/she has. Brushing your dog out once or twice a week,
depending on your breed, is a good idea. This helps to remove dead and shedding
hair and moves the dogs natural oils around. See our article on
Grooming and Bathing.
Q: How often should I give my dog a bath?
A: Once a month is enough for most dogs. Some dogs tend to get more dirty
and may need a bath twice a month. Other times you may have to wash your dog if
he/she gets into something that smells. Keeping your dog's sleeping area clean
will also help. See our article on Grooming and Bathing
for more information and tips.