Rat Terrier breeder"GEMS RAT TERRIERS" Rat Terrier breeder

Rat terrier breeder TN (formerly from Ny)
"We don't just sell puppies out of crates
" We sell your new family member."

The Rat Terrier breed was originally bred to be a farm dog, catch vermin and to hunt. Their popularity increased, as they became a great family dog. You can read about the history of them here Rat Terrier History.
Some of our Rat Terriers went on to be emotional support dogs in addition to being fun, entertaining and athletic. They
can be working dogs and are great watch dogs. We have perfected our line of dogs and we guarantee your puppy will not have any genetic diseases. We know all our dogs personalities as we have been breeding them for 18yrs. Tell us what you are looking for and we can help you find the puppy that fits you and your lifestyle. Our puppies in our litters are even tempered. Sometimes there will be an over active or mellow puppy and we will let you know. Our puppies go out in all weather conditions.
They all just want to have fun!

Breeder of Exellence award

Who we are
(631) 834-6376 (Janet) jrissibal@aol.com

Conditions of sale

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We have Rat Terrier puppies for sale in TN. We have preserved their original heritage for 30yrs. Most breeders do not have this type of history. We have high quality dogs. We believe the most important time in a dog's life is the environment they grow up in. We have 9 generation's tracking the health of our dogs. We have sold over 400 puppies and track their health and temperaments also. Your Vet bills will be minimal with our dogs. 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. Our dogs do not have strange allergies or skin diseases. We do not have time to show our dogs' but they are all "our" champions in health and temperament.We breed mini and standard type A rat terriers. Some are stockier than others and have more of a hunting (prey) drive than others since they have Decker Rat Terrier in their ancestry. We do not breed dogs for show. Show breeders will sell you left overs if you are not showing. It is first come, first serve here. You will not find our dogs in any "puppy store", "puppy broker" or "online puppy store" as these puppies are usually shipped from wholesale "puppy mills", "hobby breeders" or "backyard breeders". Anyone can say they are a breeder since there is no license required to sell dogs. All puppies are adorable and the industry sells on that alone.They give you 2yr free vet visits (Then sell you uneccessary vaccines and products) and a "No puppy mill promise". This doesn't make your pet healthier. Major costs of sick puppies and genetic diseases happen late in life. They can even just get sick all the time and have autoimmune problems. Online websites that sell more than two breeds are just extensions of puppy stores or brokers posing as breeders. Do not be fooled by this commercial industry. Reputable experienced breeders would never sell their dogs to puppy/online stores. You will pay 5x and more for an (I call) "mystery dog". In addition, it's a misconception that a dog that is AKC or UKC means your getting a healthy dog. Many of these breeders have been caught having puppy mills. Dog shows & advertising makes you think they are healthy dogs. A registry means nothing if it is not from an experienced breeder. 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. Each parent can carry any of the 600 genetic diseases and hereditary illnesses. It is a misconseption that mixed breeds are healthier as all dogs will carry genetic diseases. If each parent share a genetic disease, they will produce puppies that have them regardless if they are mixed or not. We do not ship puppies to avoid any stress that can affect their physical and social health. Shipping puppies can be fatal and affect their well-being. Some people stay in a local hotel to get their puppy. We are 50min from Nashville and the Opryland resort , shopping mall and restaurants'. We can also make arrangements to meet. You can easily take the puppy on board a plane in the cabin with you. We have sold puppies to people all over the United States. (WI,MN,OR,KT,UT,CO,TX,LA & Canada to name a few) You can be sure your puppy has been well taken care of on a 24-7hr basis. We have tracked and recorded our Rat Terrier health history lines for over 30yrs with 9 generations of pedigree.
We use Coefficient Calculations dogs to further protect our puppies from the risk of genetic health illnesses.
We carefully study which pairs of our dogs to breed. DNA tests of our puppies have shown this.While it is good to test for the 6 most common; tracking the health over a long period is of most importance. Our adult dogs are on the bottom of this page.They are always happy to see you and will bring you much happiness. Vaccinations, wormers, love and attention are all they need. We focus on their long-term health. We have over 400 happy owners from all over the United States, spanning over 18yrs. Many people have up 2,3 and 4 of our dogs.
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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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. 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 always ready to play, love attention and can be very funny. They can get spurts of energy we call "Zoomies", then lay around and watch TV with you. They make loving companions. Although they are terriers, they also have many characteristics of larger breeds.

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. Our dogs can compete in some AKC events (more on AKC) with papers from the NRTA.
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