Rat terrier breeder Centereach, New York
"We don't just sell puppies, we sell your new family member"

Breeder of Exellence award
Who we are
(631) 451-1959 (Janet) jrissibal@aol.com

Conditions of sale

Gems Rat Terriers Gems Rat Terriers Gems Rat Terriers perfected lines with extensive history


*Most of our puppies are reserved before they are born. Some puppies are born with natural bob tails and some with full tails. We do not crop tails unless it is requested within
3 days of birth.
Tails can also be cropped at time of spay or neutering.

We have pure breed Rat Terrier puppies for sale. We have 8 generation's tracking the health of our dogs. Breeding for 17 years. Most breeders do not have this type of history. We ONLY breed Rat Terriers. Our main concern is the genetic health history and temperament specific to the breed. Your Vet bills will be minimal with our dogs. In addition, our dog's lines have been tested and are PLL clear (Eye disease). They are in the best of health and have pure white teeth. All of our puppies are guaranteed not to have any genetic diseases. In addition they have few if not any allergies and no skin diseases. We do not have time to show our dogs' but they are all "our" champions in health and temperament. We do not focus on breeding the same looking dogs as show dog breeders do because many times they sacrifice their health and temperament. We take pride in producing Rat Terriers based on their health and temperament while preserving their diversity and heritage. You have a choice of different sizes; colors and some are stockier than others. We also have ones that have more of a hunting (prey) drive than others. We do not hold back or breed dogs for show or for other breeders. They are all high quality dogs. You will not find our dogs in any "puppy store", "puppy broker" or "online breeders club" or "online breeders store" as these puppies are usually shipped from wholesale breeders (Puppy mills-unhealthy puppy factory). They sell more than one breed and some are just extensions of puppy stores posing as breeders. Do not be fooled by this commercial industry. Reputable breeders do not sell their dogs to puppy/online stores. A puppy purchased from there is worth a fraction of what you pay. In addition, buying a show dog or one with AKC or UKC doesn't mean your getting a healthy dog either. The industry is highly political. A puppy can look great on the outside but have a multitude of long term problems. It is also considered a red flag if a so called breeder has different pedigree papers for their dogs. Bouncing around to different registries suggests problems. Using one registry is best. Some puppies are being sold with fraudulent and falsified pedigree papers. Those puppies are usually sold way below the going price and are from unknown people on the internet. Many people come to us after being heartbroken from having had a puppy or dog with many costly health issues. If you haven't had a bad experience you wouldn't know how difficult it is. It is also a misconception that all mixed breeds are healthier. Each parent can carry any of the 600 + illnesses and diseases. It is important to know and track the long-term history of each breeding dog to know which pair to breed to produce healthy puppies.
We do not treat our dogs as livestock and we do not ship puppies. Shipping puppies can be fatal and affect their well-being. Some people stay in a local hotel to pick up their puppies. We have sold puppies to people all over the United States. (WI,MN,OR,KT,UT,CO,TX,LA & Canada to name a few) We are not far from Ferries (Cross sound or Port Jefferson) you can also call for special arrangements.
You can be sure your puppy has been well taken care of on a 24-7hr basis. This is a business built on the love of the breed. You will know exactly where your puppy was bred and raised and they are all handled with personal care. We have tracked and recorded our Rat Terrier health history lines for over 30yrs with 8 generations of pedigree. Perfecting the lines with the best of the best for over 30yrs. We use Coefficient Calculations dogs to further protect our puppies from the risk of defects and genetic health illnesses.
We carefully study which pairs of our dogs would make the best dogs. We guarantee that our breeding dogs are in good health and have no genetic defects or any illnesses. DNA tests of our puppies have shown this. Dogs can have over 600 genetic diseases. While it is good to test for the 6 most common; breeders who track the health of their dogs is of most importance. Let us know what you are looking for. We tell you the truth about our puppies by temperament and size to the best of our knowledge so you can make a decision on which puppy would fit your lifestyle. Our adult dogs are on the bottom of this page and we love them all. Rat terriers are fun, athletic, loyal, intelligent and lovable. They are always happy to see you and will bring you much happiness. We are looking for forever homes for our puppies. Our focus is on the long-term health of our dogs, not attractive advertising puppy packages just to make a sale. Vaccinations, wormers, love and attention are all they need and that is not costly. Major costs are not within the first year or two. Genetic diseases can happen later and are very costly and can shorten their life span. We have over 400 happy owners from all over the United States, spanning over 17yrs. with many References available.
I am happy to say that I have been the Vice president of the National Rat Terrier Association since 2014 helping the association to be the best Rat Terrier registry.

Video's of our dogs: http://www.youtube.com/gemsrats
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It is important for the breeding process to be monitored over time to eliminate any problems. This is something that back yard breeders, puppy mill breeders, and pet store puppies to not do. We carefully select our breeding dogs and know their health history and temperaments. Our puppies have been taught the basic understanding of the words "No", "Come Here", "Good girl/boy", "Do you want water?", "Do you want to eat?", "Do you want to go out?", "Wait" and "Goodnight". They are also paper trained. The longer the puppy is with us, the more they learn. Rat terriers are similar to Russell terriers, Jack Russells , Toy Fox, and Min Pins but they are calmer. Some say Rat terriers are a best-kept secret. They are fun loving, loyal and intelligent dogs and are easily trained. They are a product of what you put into them. They are very alert and love attention. They are always ready to play and they can be very funny. They will get spurts of energy, then lay around and watch TV with you. They are very entertaining and make loving companions. Rat terriers a perfect family dogs that can adapt to houses and apartments and your lifestyle. Although they are terriers, they also have many characteristics of larger breeds. All Rat terriers have the same loyal instinct but some are a more active than others so please let us know what you are looking for. Carrie Underwood, Shirley MacLain, and Lou Reed & Laurrie Anderson (Contacted us for a movie) are among Rat Terrier owners. We were also contacted by Animal planet for a video "Too Cute" for a segment on their show. We believe the most important time in a dog's life is the environment they are in when they are puppies and we provide a clean and happy environment. Our dogs can compete in some AKC events (more on AKC) with papers from the NRTA. The NRTA has helped the Rat terrier become a recognized breed because they were the first to implement standards based on their original heritage. All of our breeding dogs have the Rat Terrier Decker strain (Hunting drive) from their ancestry.
Puppy breeding awareness.

"Our males below"
"Our females below"

Our Dogs in Newsday Long Island. They are always happy to see you!

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