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Rattle:Dog Breed Profile

The Rattle breed is a medium-sized dog that is neither too big nor too small. You can always find room for it in your home, even if it’s in an apartment. This dog is always happy, smart, and curious to discover new things. While it has admirable characteristics, it also comes with a price. You need to also dedicate some good time for it as its desire for affection is a little higher and wants to shine and be recognized. Therefore, if you are a very busy person at home or spend long hours away working, you may not fit well with this breed.

The rattle breed is vocal; he will bark at any suspicious movement that he feels you need to check on. He might at times also bark at anything for the sake of it. What you need to know is that his barking is also louder than other breeds of his size and might be an issue with your neighbors. This is the only challenge of living with Rattle in an apartment with tight rules.

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Rattle Breed Characteristics

  • About Rattle Breed

    Name: Rattle
    Height: 12-20 inches
    Weight: 30-40 lb
    Lifespan: 15-18 years
    Dog breed group: Not Applicable
    Coat color: Gray/White/Brown/Cream/Silver/Black
    Coat Length: Medium
    Coat Density: Normal
    Coat Texture: Wavy

    The Rattle Dog is a crossbreed dog between the Poodle and the Rat Terrier. Hence he comes with varying physical appearances depending on which traits he inherits. He is talented and a quick learner that you need not repeat a concept before he can fully master. He is loyal and obedient to the owner and makes a good watchdog too.

    With a life expectancy of between 12 to 18 years, the medium-sized dog will give you the entire family good company. In return, he wants to be in the limelight and seeks love and attention. He is also known by other sweet names like Ratdoodle, Roodle, Radle Terrier, or Ratpoo. He makes a good guard and will bark constantly when an intruder comes near your home.

Rattle Breed Daily Care

The frequency and level of maintaining your Rattle depend on features it inherits. If the coat is inherited from the Poodle, his shedding will be less but the coat also challenging to maintain.

Ears: As for Rattle, inspecting the ears on a weekly basis is highly recommended since bathing is not a frequent exercise. Wipe them clean with a clean cloth to avoid chances of ear infections.

Eyes: Rattle’s eyes are partially covered with hair which may obstruct his vision if they overgrow. Once in awhile trimming is allowed as it will also enable you to spot any eye infection at a glance. It is also recommended to wipe them daily when brushing the coat.

Teeth: Just like with all canines and due to the dry food diet, the rattle needs the teeth brushed thoroughly at least three times a week. This will help in maintaining the teeth strong and avoid dental issues throughout his life.

Nails: This breed is very active and uses the nails on paws to get a better grip on the surface. Hence, keeping them clean from sticking dirt, keeping his nails short by clipping should be done only when necessary.

Hair: Irrespective of the coat type inherited, daily brushing to remove any tangles, dirt, and debris is recommended. If the hair grows too long at maturity age, regular clipping by a qualified groomer will make daily brushing easier. Additionally, regardless of the coat type, the Rattle should not be frequently bathed and a few times in a year is just okay or when he is dirty.

Recommended daily intake: Rattle is not a small dogand will be comfortable with one and a half to two and a half cups of quality dry kibble dog food daily. This shouldn’t take much of your monthly budget.

What food to choose: Though Rattle is small, he is an active dog and needs a top-quality diet in line also with his age and size. Choose a nutrient-rich diet that includes vitamins and minerals because your pet may suffer bloating problems as he grows.

How many times to feed your dog: As noted this breed is prone to bloating and controlled frequency and routine of feeding will go a long way in preventing this dangerous condition. Hence the daily intake should be given is smaller meals of at least two servings spread apart.

How to keep the good shape: Rattle has no issue in keeping physical fitness as he loves lots of play and chasing. According to him the right environment to exercise is all you need to keep him mentally stimulated and in good shape.

As with the case in all crossbreeds, some or most of Rattle’s health issues present originate from the genes of its parents.

Common diseases

Congenital eye problems

This is an eye defect that is present from birth and because the puppy’s eye continues to develop after birth, this condition is not easily noticed. Symptoms that include pain, lack of vision, and enlarged pupils are just among the many others.

Treatment for eye defects may not fully restore the eye condition. Topical medications may help in some dogs but surgery is usually the best option.

Hip dysplasia

This another common condition that affects the crossbreeds from Poodles. It's a hip joint formation abnormally that may lead to arthritis. As the condition develops you will notice limping due to pain on the hips. The socket and ball will grind against each other resulting in lameness in hind legs.

Treatment: Pain-relieving medication can be administered from home in mild cases combined with lifestyle change. Severe cases are best corrected with hip joint surgery. This condition can be prevented through a proper diet with supplements, exercise, and reduced stress.

Addison’s disease

This condition is caused by the failure of adrenal glands to produce necessary hormones or steroids that control body systems and internal organs. It leads to body deterioration characterized by depression, weight loss, irregular heart rate, and many other unusual symptoms. Unfortunately, this disease is in most cases noted during the Addisonian crisis.

Treatment: Addison’s disease cannot be cured. Management of this condition is a medical process that involves stabilizing the crisis, intensive therapy, and medication to replace the hormones such as mineralocorticoid and prednisone.

Your Rattle isn’t a dumb dog and will pick up instruction with a lot of ease making him easy and comfortable to train. The terrier half of this breeds means he is quickly distracted and will chase off anything that he comes across to. Hence, he needs to be trained on how to be obedient and to socialize early enough to make later training easier. In addition, this breed loves affection, hence rewarding his positive moves by offering lots of treats and praises and treats.

The Rattle loves to stay busy and requires daily adequate exercise. He doesn’t need long runs and walks, but running and playing games around the yard or dog park is good for mental stimulation.

Additionally, rattle loves your attention and will love you giving him a chase. This enables the two of you to bond, create obedience and loyalty. When indoors, dog toys will keep him active mentally and to prevent mischief.

Rattle Breed History

The Rattle is a new hybrid, from the two breeds which themselves have long histories, the Rat Terrier and the Poodle. The Rat Terrier was first bred in the United States in the 1800s by crossbreeding the fox and European Terriers for multiple uses in farms and became one of the most common canines in the 1900s working in the farms. The crossbreed earned its name “Teddy’s Terriers” from Roosevelt’s love for the dogs in the White House during his presidency. Despite their intelligence, skills, and demeanor their demand decreased as they were no longer useful in the farms. However, this didn’t prevent the breed from being recognized in 2013 by the American Kennel Club.

The Poodle, on the other hand, is older from many other European dogs and was first bred in Germany and is now the France distinct breed. Different people believe the German Waterdog, Asian herding dogs, the Asian steppes and the North African Barbet among others are a part of the Poodle’s ancestry. The Toy Poodle was popularly bred for the high-class owners for companion reasons and was recognized and registered by the American Kennel Club as Poodle in 1888. Hence, the Rattle breed became a product of the Poodle and the Rat Terrier.

Rattle is a relatively new hybrid, although the two hybrids have a long history. Rat terriers were bred in the United States in the eighteenth Century by crossbreeding foxes with then popular European terriers; these include the bull terrier, the British White Terrier, and the Manchester terrier. In addition, the whimper, Beagle and greyhound are also included in the breed. A small, fast dog has good temperament and olfactory ability. The breed became a versatile farm dog who was able to hunt both above and underground. By the 19th century, the dog was considered one of the most common working dogs on the farm. Because Theodore Roosevelt kept dogs in the White House during his presidency, they were called "Teddy terriers.". The increase in demand is not only due to dogs' skills, but also to their intelligence and manners. Although there is less demand for this breed because there is no longer a need for farm domestic dogs, it has been remembered and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013. Poodle is an older breed; in fact, it's one of the oldest. It is believed that this breed originated in Germany and has become a unique breed we know in France today. Rattle is a combination of several European dogs, including Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian and French water dogs, and North African Barbies are considered part of the poodle's ancestry. Others believe that the poodle is a descendant of the Asian Shepherd Dog and became a German water dog because it was brought to the ostrogot and Goth tribes in Germany. However, some people think that this species comes from the Asian prairie. These dogs, perhaps, came with the Moors in the 8th century. It is believed that the small version of rattle was developed in the 14th century by breeding smaller poodles with each other in order to impress the bourgeoisie in Paris. The standard poodle is used by the French to hunt ducks, while the miniature poodle is used to discover truffles. Toy Poodles are very popular as companions, mainly for the rich. In 1888, the American Dog Club registered the first poodle.