The Rat Terrier is an American breed that originated from a mixture of crosses by European immigrants in the late 19th century old time Fox Terriers and other European Terriers. They were common on American family farms in the 1920s and 1930s. Click for more about Rat Terriers
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Finley is a beautiful picture of health as he runs and plays joyfully with his foster siblings. This wasn't always the case, as Finley came to rescue with knee issues that
required surgery. Now that those have been repaired, he is a very physically fit (as well as handsome!) young 2-year-old. His emotional injuries have been harder to
overcome, however. Finn was not properly socialized in his first year of life, so new people and new situations still frighten him until he gets time to adjust.
People are especially scary if they are fast moving or try to approach him suddenly, and he prefers the security and familiarity of a safely-fenced yard. He also shows
a definite preference for women. In foster care, Finley has been working to overcome his fears, and in his quest to develop confidence, he has learned to enjoy
snuggling on the couch or in bed with his people. In fact, he will now even "ask" for some snuggling, and since he is super food motivated, his continued progress
seems assured as long as his new family is patient and understanding. Any children in the home should be old enough to understand and accommodate his dislike
of fast movements. Finn weighs about 13 lbs. and he gets along great with other dogs. In fact, he would do best in a home with another dog to show him the ropes.
He does well with house training as long as he is kept on a schedule.
You can see more photos of this beautiful fellow by clicking HERE