Adamsacres Rat Terriers

Adamsacres Rat Terriers UKC/AKC Standard Rat Terriers. OFA/PLL/PRA-PRCD testing. Breeding for the love of the Rat Terrier for over 20 years. Show pups occasionally available.

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Katie's grandson. Looking for someone to love. Paxton. Born 5/13/21.  HousebrokenCrate trained.  Loves to cuddle.  Loves...
10/27/2021

Katie's grandson. Looking for someone to love.
Paxton. Born 5/13/21.
Housebroken
Crate trained.
Loves to cuddle. Loves to play with toys, other dogs that are his size.
Likes to climb. Not too varmint crazy, would rather be with his human, or his chew bone.
Shipping available.
PM for more info.

Adorable UKC pups. Born Sept 21. 3 females 2 males.
10/05/2021

Adorable UKC pups. Born Sept 21. 3 females 2 males.

AKC mini males Tracey Ramirez of Ramirez Ratz in NE Kansas
09/08/2021

AKC mini males Tracey Ramirez of Ramirez Ratz in NE Kansas

08/31/2021

If you are looking for a nice rat terrier, please go to FB page Okiedawg Rat Terriers and consider one of these.

Paxton is 14 weeks old. located in Iowa. Going to be a large standard.  PM me for contact information
08/27/2021

Paxton is 14 weeks old. located in Iowa. Going to be a large standard. PM me for contact information

07/29/2021

Adamsacres is taking a sabbatical and wont be breeding for a few years. Thank you all for your support and for loving our dogs.
God bless you all.

Katie's grandpups. I think they resemble her a bit. 8 weeks old now.
07/15/2021

Katie's grandpups. I think they resemble her a bit. 8 weeks old now.

Congratulations to Scarlett, Val, and Thunder for their wins at the Claremore Shows this weekend. Renee Morgan is rockin...
04/05/2021

Congratulations to Scarlett, Val, and Thunder for their wins at the Claremore Shows this weekend. Renee Morgan is rockin the ring with her Adam

Congratulations to Scarlett, Val, and Thunder for their wins at the Claremore Shows this weekend. Renee Morgan is rockin the ring with her Adam

Hope takes 2 Best of Breeds this weekend in Claremore and is now a new AKC Champion. Congratulations Lois Dietrich and t...
04/05/2021

Hope takes 2 Best of Breeds this weekend in Claremore and is now a new AKC Champion. Congratulations Lois Dietrich and thank you for loving her and believing in her.

Hope takes 2 Best of Breeds this weekend in Claremore and is now a new AKC Champion. Congratulations Lois Dietrich and thank you for loving her and believing in her.

04/01/2021

Be mindful of where you place your chocolate. Don't need those 4 legged family members eating chocolate and their foil coverings. Have a blessed Easter weekend . HE IS RISEN!

Posting for a friend in Leavenworth KS. Gorgeous mini male. Contact me.
02/21/2021

Posting for a friend in Leavenworth KS. Gorgeous mini male. Contact me.

PUP HAS FOUND A HOME!!!!!Available. Posting for a friend. Male. 4months. Shots deworming, tail docked, declawed. Pet hom...
02/09/2021

PUP HAS FOUND A HOME!!!!!
Available. Posting for a friend.
Male. 4months. Shots deworming, tail docked, declawed. Pet home only. Ear wars. Lol.

02/02/2021

So very sad to announce the Katie/Spike SI was not successful. Waiting on labs.

01/01/2021

A beautiful tribute to a special dog named Scout gone all too soon from this world. I don't think she would mind me sharing. I am blessed to have met her.

July 15, 2020

I got Scout in early June 2007, when I was 23 years old. I had no business having a dog-I had been in Denver for less than a year and could barely afford rent in my Cherry Creek apartment. However, after watching a friend’s rat terrier for a month while she traveled Europe, I knew I needed my own. I had fallen in love with the breed and my soul yearned for the companionship. I was in a relationship at the time, but it was reaching the end.

I looked at all the animal shelters in Denver for a rat terrier, and then began searching online. I found Adams Acres in Oklahoma, and that was where I found my Scout. After practically emptying out my bank account to seal the deal, I was on my way to Kansas to meet Kate Adams halfway. I remember seeing little Scout for the first time and how he came running toward me. I loved him before I even got him into my car. I remember how warm he was sleeping on my lap on the way home. I also remember three days later, crying in my kitchen because I had no idea that having a puppy would be so hard.

Eventually, Scout and I figured out how to get him out the door of my apartment, down the hall, into the elevator, down four stories, out of the elevator, through the lobby, and outside before he peed and pooped everywhere. During our many potty breaks, I met a girl named Shelley, who lived in my building and had also just gotten a dog. We became friends simply because we were outside all the time with our pups. After a few weeks, she heard about my breakup and told me I had to meet her friend, John. Without Scout and her dog Sophie, Shelley and I never would have had the time to get to know one another. I met John in early August 2007, and pretty soon we were dating—John, me, and Scout. John fell in love with Scout first.

I’ll be 37 next week, and I’ve had Scout my entire adult life thus far. Honestly, Scout and I grew up together. I thought I was an adult at 23, but I have started thinking of adulthood in different terms. I don’t think you are automatically an adult when you reach 18. I think becoming an adult has so much more to do with the becoming, with the journey, rather than your birth year. I was definitely not an adult when I got Scout, but he was with me as I became one—and a teacher, a wife, a mother.

John and I have been so lucky that our little guy was so healthy. He was so healthy despite the fact that he ate EVERYTHING, including but not limited to: money, bandaids (used and new), a diamond earring (twice), potpourri, the buttons of my cell phone, a camera cord, CLIF shot blocks, Zyrtec-D, the butt of a pair of sweatpants, a bag of omega 3 powder, underwear, about 70 tubes of chapstick, and an entire tennis ball. That’s in addition to the pounds of food he stole from unsuspecting people in our home. Up until about a year ago, he could still jump up onto our countertop via bar stools and help himself to bags of bagels and even a nice green salad.

He truly was such a healthy dog, and was swimming/jumping/running in a creek after a ball just a few weeks ago. Rat terriers have a long life span, and we thought we had a few more years with him. However, no one knows what he ate that caused his pancreas to inflame and his gallbladder to stop working. By the fourth vet visit, they finally realized how truly sick he was. He underwent life saving surgery like an absolute champ and was recovering decently well, but this morning, out of the blue, he had a stroke and his heart stopped beating. I was on the phone with the vet while they were performing CPR, and they just couldn’t get it started again.

John and I went and held him for close to an hour. He was wrapped in his blanket, his fur felt so soft, and his eyes were closed just as if he were sleeping. I was thankful we had visited him in the hospital so much, and thankful that we brought the kids prior to surgery AND last night.

Dogs are such a wonderful gift from God. I am so thankful for the 13 years I had with him. I know he touched a lot of lives! He had the funniest little personality. He loved adults, tolerated kids beautifully, and hated other dogs who were bigger than him. When he was younger, he would hoard tennis balls when he visited the Doggie Dude Ranch, and took up residence in one of their chairs as he got older, sunning himself and slightly growling if another dog tried to take “his” spot. We’re so happy we got to take him to California last year and see the beach and swim in the ocean for the first time. John drove across the country with him because, in his words, “the dog deserves a vacation”.

He slept at the foot of our bed every night, and out of habit, I stick my foot out every morning to feel for him. I’ve been doing that the past week he’s been hospitalized because it takes me a second to realize he’s not there.

I will miss his warm little body snuggling with me when I’m sad. I will miss his stinky breath and his loving licks. I’ll miss our walks when the kids are at school. I will miss him greeting me at the door the second I get home, and picking out a toy to “show” me. I will even miss dragging him out of the dishwasher while I’m trying to load it and he’s licking dirty dishes. I know time will heal my heart, but it will never be the same shape again. Scout took a piece of it with him. I hope he finds my Nana up there in heaven. She loved dogs, going as far as to hold a lollipop for Scout while he licked it after he found it in her purse.

He was born on March 17th, a “lucky” dog. But I was the lucky one. I got to experience the true, deep, unconditional, “no strings attached” love from a dog named Scout.

Happy 1 year birthday Hope and littermatesPost 1 yr pics here in comments.
12/29/2020

Happy 1 year birthday Hope and littermates
Post 1 yr pics here in comments.

Happy 5th Birthday to the Katie/Cowboy litter
12/23/2020

Happy 5th Birthday to the Katie/Cowboy litter

Happy 3rd Birthday to Katie's pups. Post your pics here in comments
12/16/2020

Happy 3rd Birthday to Katie's pups. Post your pics here in comments

This is why I now recommend waiting till 1 year to spay/neuter my pups. Hormones play a significant role in the developm...
11/20/2020
Study gauges best canine sterilization ages by breed and gender

This is why I now recommend waiting till 1 year to spay/neuter my pups. Hormones play a significant role in the development and future health of your pup.
https://www.dvm360.com/view/study-gauges-best-canine-sterilization-ages-by-breed-and-gender?fbclid=IwAR2iUnJYt2Uil5t6dqSe5qWV6sFF0keliah2IfmLevYoGT6qIVLgt1Et7xs

A new study connects disease risk for joint disorders, cancers, urinary incontinence, and pyometra with reproductive status and sterilization timing in different canine breeds and both sexes.

Bragging on one of my pups...Last weekend at Arapaho, CO first weekend in the ring ever, Hope, from my Katie/Traveler li...
09/23/2020

Bragging on one of my pups...
Last weekend at Arapaho, CO first weekend in the ring ever, Hope, from my Katie/Traveler litter , took Best Opposite for a 5 point major and many other wins. So very proud of Hope and Lois.

09/16/2020

I apologize if I'm not attentive to your posts or messages at this time. I just underwent total knee replacement surgery and I'm still recovering I will get back to you when I can thank you

09/10/2020

Copied: very good read BEFORE purchasing a pup. A good breeder will steer you in the right direction when choosing a pup.

TRAINING and SOCIALIZING CAN'T CHANGE TEMPERAMENT

Permission granted to share as long as you credit Jill Porter/Faithwalk Aussies and Mini Americans. Written September 2020

How many times have you heard it? "I will just socialize him more" when referring to a mature dog who wants nothing to do with strange dogs. Or "I am going to get a Siberian husky even though I live in an apartment and raise parakeets. I will just train him not to eat my birds." Or "My dog is extremely fearful of all humans, but I will just keep loving him and he will turn around." Another one is "adopt don't shop, rescue dogs need homes" even though the person looking for a family dog is not remotely dog savvy and lacks the skills to assess dogs to be picked from and work a dog through issues, much less understand genetic temperament is not something you can change with just love. That person may do better getting a dog with a known background and with a genetic temperament including traits like biddability, resilience and social attraction, which should make it an easier dog for a novice owner wanting a family dog.

I am not sure where the idea came from, that we can some how use socializing and training to profoundly change a dog's genetic temperament, breed traits and predispositions. I had a person who wanted a high drive, higher energy pup I had available, even though she had just told me she was a very calm, quiet person and they had a very quiet household. She told me she would just train and socialize the puppy a lot, as if that would change the pup's inborn level of drive and energy and change it into a calm, mellow dog. Adding high drive Aussie pup would be like dropping a bomb in that house. I told her this was not the right pup for her and found the puppy a home with a couple looking for those traits. I hope I encouraged her to find a lower drive, mellow pup and hope I got through to her that how she raised my pup would have not mattered as far as making the puppy a good match for what she wanted to live with.

People also see really soft, sensitive dogs and are SURE they have somehow suffered abuse or neglect, and they just need more love to fix them. News flash, many of these dogs are GENETICALLY soft/sensitive and no amount of love, training or socializing will change that. And if you follow their family lines you see it in each generation. You can help teach the dog coping skills and not put the dog in situations that are truly uncomfortable or overwhelming, but you will not profoundly change that dog in a bold, pushy dog. And by that same token, we may all know dogs who did not have an ideal upbringing yet is still pretty bomb proof because his genetic temperament is that.

You also can't train out prey drive or other strong instincts. You can do a little training and a lot of management to keep your cat safe from your husky. But you can't 100% rely on training alone to do that because training does not erase instinct. Prey drive, shyness, a higher predisposition to be dog aggressive and other traits are hardwired in dogs, and some breeds have been selected for these traits for many, many generations. Or the traits they've been selected for that make them excellent in a working situation may make them very unsuitable for a companion or family dog home.

I really want to get this message out, that just like humans, dogs are born with a set of genes that control temperament traits. Temperament is 100% genetic, behavior is the expression of temperament and that is what we can change at least somewhat by how we raise them, but we can't change them profoundly, making them into something they genetically are not. If how we raised dogs could profoundly change them, we wouldn't even need dog breeds, we could take any generic dog and make it an exceptional sheep dog, sled dog, hunting dog, etc. Even in breeds, not every dog has the same level of instinct and talent as other individuals in the breed. So we MUST understand that dogs are individuals, and while their breed(s) may give them a predisposition to certain instincts or traits, we must also understand each dog is an individual and work to understand that dog, not expecting them to be a carbon copy of another dog of the same breed or for all dogs to be exactly the same. If she is shy, help give her coping skills but don't have the false hope that someday she will be a social butterfly if you just train, socialize or love her enough. If your dog is profoundly dog aggressive, odds are he was born with that predisposition and life taught him to use those instincts. You have a lot of management ahead to keep other dogs safe. If you have a dog with high prey drive, she will be triggered by something at some point, so you have to use very good management if the dog is ever around other animals. You can teach manners, impulse control, build confidence, give the dog the opportunity to learn good social skills with humans and other dogs, but again, those experiences won't change the dog's genetics nor will they trump instincts. Knowing all this will also help you choose a dog who has a better chance to fit your lifestyle and goals for the dog.

Along these same lines, because these traits DO have a hereditary component we as breeders can select for or against traits we want or don't want. It doesn't work as easy as mixing paint, like for example breeding a high energy dog to a low energy dog to get all medium energy puppies. You first have to ask what the parents' relatives are like, since you are not breeding two dogs in a vacuum. Is the high energy dog typical of his pedigree? Is the low energy dog typical of her pedigree? You are blending pedigrees so knowing what traits are there really matters, looking at all traits, not just one of course. Then you have to really get to know your pups, know how pups develop as far as when do you start to see certain traits, so you can pick a pup or pups that are more likely to move your program in the direction you want it. It's no different that selecting for structure and other physical traits, but takes more insight and attention since you are looking at behavior versus a physical trait. You need to keep track of all pups and pay attention over generations to see if you are going in the direction you want to. In a litter of pups you will see a range of the typical traits in the lines, so you have to consider that - are you looking at a pup in the middle ranges for traits or an outlier. If your litter is mostly stable, social, biddable, outgoing, it would point to those traits being strong in the pedigrees. Then for example, if you keep a softer pup from that, you may still be able to get back to the middle range if you breed that pup, since middle range is most common in the family of dogs. By that same token, if you see a litter of mostly shy pups and a lot of shy dogs in the pedigree, even a really outgoing individual from that litter is more likely to produce shy pups because shy is seen quite often in that family of dogs. So making sure dogs in the pedigrees have more of the temperament traits you want will give you a higher chance of producing that in future generations, and if you see a lot of traits you want to avoid, it's best not to move forward with those dogs.

For some interesting reading, check out the Russian fox study started by Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev. He selected for the temperament trait "tractability." He and his team assessed many thousands of fur farm foxes, selecting a few hundred of the most tractable individuals. He ruled out any fox that was fearful and cowered at the back of it's cage, or rushed the front of the cage aggressively. He wanted foxes that just say calmly and observed people. Tractability is the core of domestication for our dogs, and ties in with biddability. By selecting so heavily in the first generation, he was able to make progress very quickly into foxes with temperaments like what we see in domestic dogs vs wild canids like wolves. It shows how this process works. And as an aside, he also saw a change in physical traits including floppy ears, curly tails and spotted coat patterns, none of which are seen in wild foxes. It shows how by selecting for one trait you can also change others.

In closing, I hope this gives people a little more insight into how the genetics of temperament work. Think of it as working with an individual dog like having a hand of cards. You can only play the hand (genes) you were dealt. You can't make new cards (genes) appear.

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Wanted Female Rattie, Type "A" can be no morethan 15#'s as I fly space "A" military often.. Hoping for a Chocolate but a B&W or Tri is also great.. With this C-19 going on can be available to PU at Portland Oregon PDX airport or if within 6 or so hours of the Portland Oregon area will come PU.. Thanks Linda
These little guys are almost ready for their furever homes. They will be 6weeks on 9/10. There are 2 females and 3 males left. Sire is Adamsacres Boone aka Maze. Dame is Coldwater Izzy. Pet homes only with neuter agreement. Asking 500 They are type A standard. They are being raised in my home as part of our family. So they are good with kids.
These little ones are available in NC. Sire is Adamsacres Boone aka Maze Dame is Coldwater Izzy. Pet homes only. 500