Updated on 05/27/2021 by Sadie

This pup is an absolute delight! The Ratoodle is a small pup with a lot of love to give and is guaranteed to become your bestest friend in the whole world. A cross between a Poodle and a Rat Terrier, this dog is incredibly friendly and gets along with almost anyone. If you want to get a dog that will make a furry little addition to your home, the Ratoodle is the absolute perfect choice!


Origin & History of Ratoodles

It is difficult to say with surety exactly when this pup became an official member of the Doodle club. It can be assumed that the Ratoodle originated sometime after the 1980s in the United States since that is when their popularity really took off. No breeder has come forward with the claim of bringing the two breeds together for the first time.

Personality and Temperament

This is one friendly dog! A social animal, this pup does not like being left alone for long periods. If you plan on working long hours and leaving your house unattended for that time, the Ratoodle may not be a good match for you. They are affectionate and intelligent, and it is important to introduce them to different sights, sounds, people, and animals as a puppy so that they grow up to have well-rounded personalities.

Ratoodle Size

The Ratoodle generally grows up to be around 10 to 23 inches tall and weighs anywhere between 25 to 50 pounds.

Ratoodle Health

Ratoodle’s fare better when it comes to health as compared to their purebred parents. This is mainly because this breed possesses some level of hybrid vigor due to the larger gene pool. However, it is best to get the health clearances of both parents when getting your Ratoodle from a breeder.


Ratoodle Care and Training

These pups require moderate levels of exercise. It is important to let them release their pent-up energy, or they may become aggressive or destructive. These dogs are also very smart and need a fair bit of mental stimulation. Their intelligence means they are very easy to train since they pick up commands and desire behaviors with ease. 


Speak to your veterinarian to determine your Ratoodle’s exact nutritional needs and design a feeding plan accordingly.

Coat Color, Types, Shedding

These pups generally have a low-shedding coat.


Ratoodle Grooming

Brush your Ratoodle’s coat regularly to ensure that it stays free of any tangles or matted fur. Bathe them only when necessary since the interaction with soap and water may irritate their skin.

Deciding on a Ratoodle

The Ratoodle is a right fit for you if:

  • You live in an apartment
  • You want a low-shedding dog
  • You want a friendly dog

The Ratoodle is not a right fit for you if:

  • You want a dog that can be kept outdoors or in a kennel
  • You want a guard dog
  • You want an exercise companion

Getting a Ratoodle

How Much is a Ratoodle Puppy?

An average Ratoodle puppy costs around $250 to $600.


Ratoodle Breeders

Rescue and Adoption

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