Rattle Dog


Mix: ½ Rat Terrier & ½ Poodle

Size: Varies since both the Rat Terrier and the Poodle come in 3 different sizes (see below for  sizes of both the Rat Terrier & the Poodle.)

Coat: Can be white, black, brown or gray.  Can be solid in color, or be mixed.  Coat is medium length and can take on the wavy coat of the Poodle, or the straight coat of the Rat Terrier.

*Many people with allergies prefer a poodle mix dog as their fur is more hypoallergenic than most dogs (a characteristic inherited from the Poodle).


A Rattle is a mix between a Rat Terrier and a Poodle.  They come in a variety of colors and their coats can range from wavy to straight.  If they take on the coat of the Rat Terrier they will be fairly easy to groom as their coat will be shorter and straighter than if they take on the coat of the Poodle which requires frequent grooming.  Both the Rat Terrier and the Poodle come in three different sizes so depending on which size is used in the breeding process will determine the size of the Rattle.

When considering the nature of the Rattle, you must consider the characteristics of both the Rat Terrier and the Poodle separately in order to determine the characteristics the Rattle may exhibit.

Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is a very affectionate breed that loves to be with its owner.  They are smart, lovable, and make a loyal companion.  They’re a great pick for a household family dog as they are very social, and get along well with children and other animals.  However, they also do quite well in city dwellings, provided they get enough exercise.  Originally bred to hunt down rats, they have amazing smelling ability, and are very athletic.  They are generally calm in nature and do not have a reputation for being aggressive.  They can be lively and active and will gladly take a walk or run with their owners, but also know when to settle down and enjoy curling up for some down time.  They have a sturdy, strong build with large ears that can either stand in a point, or curl in a downward fold.  Their coat is short and soft and requires little maintenance other than the occasional brushing.  They come in three different sizes as follows:  Standard:  18 – 25 pounds, Miniature:  10 – 18 pounds, Toy:  10 pounds and under.


The Poodle comes in three different sizes, toy (10” and under, 6-9 1bs.), miniature (10-15”, 15-17 1bs.), and standard (over 15”, 45-70 1bs.).  The Poodle has been cited as being the 2nd most intelligent breed of dog.  Their exceptional intelligence, paired with the fact that they are generally very eager to please, empowers them to excel in obedience training.  They learn quickly and will delight in showing off their new tricks.  Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak.  They are loyal and devoted companions, extremely people-oriented, and crave lots of love and attention.  They are typically calm, good natured, with a sweet temperament, and the ability to bond with all members of their human family.  The standard poodle, in particular, does extremely well in families with young children, while the toy and miniatures fair better with older children.  Poodles do not do well in households where they will be left alone for long periods of time, left outside, or bound to one room of the house.  Poodles have an extremely low-shedding, dense coat which is either curly or corded and should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to prevent mats and tangles.  If you should so decide, their coat can also be kept short for low-maintenance.  Poodles come in a variety of colors such as silver, cream, gray, blue, black, white, apricot, red, caf-au-lait, brown, and parti-colored.  The Poodle is oftentimes referred to as the hypo-allergenic dog.  But, while there truly is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, they are unquestionably more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds.   Being classified as highly energetic, the poodle, like most dogs, will appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk, play session, or a run at the dog park.

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Photo submitted by: Lillian  9/2/12

This is Barkley he is a gray, black, and white 1/2 rat terrier and 1/2 toy po0dle.
He has been part of our family since he was 8 weeks old. He is very energetic and enjoys a good run or bike ride at the park always keeping up. He is a very loyal companion and we love him very much.








Photo submitted by: Nanina the Wayside Artist 9/27/12

I’m in love with my playful, good natured, female mini poodle rat terrier mix, Poppy. She’s almost 7 months old, attending puppy club to socialize once a month, and has started puppy obedience classes. She loves to dig, hide her bones, chase squirrels, bark at cats, watch cars pass, and play ball for ever and ever. Most of the time, she ends her days with a dirty nose and a grin.



Photo submitted by: Krystal 10/22/12

Abbey would like to say hello She is 6 months old, very energetic, and playful. Abbey takes to her training very well. I would recommend this breed to anyone that has the time to give it the appropriate exercise and attention that it needs.


Penny the Rattle!

Photo submitted by: Callie 5/4/13
This is Penny. She’s a rattle and So sweet and cuddly. She is also athletic and game for anything. She’s very attached to her humans and gives all kinds of kisses. She is so good and trustworthy she doesn’t need a leash for much around our neighborhood. We adore her!

Lilly the Rattle!

Photo Submitted by: Barbara 7/12/13

Lilly has had her DNA tested and. Is 1/2 Rat Terrier and 1/2. Poodle. She is a certified Therapy Dog with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care and just took her first “under the seat in front of me” plane trip. She is our third dog we have adopted from our local animal shelter and by far the sweetest, most loveable, smartest dog we have ever had. I would adopt another Rattle in a heartbeat !

Chewie the Rattle!

Photo submitted by: Chris 9/15/13

Chewie was the smartest, most loyal dog I’ve ever known. We lost him to cancer recently, but my wife and I love him immensely. I will be looking for another rattle.

Kona the Rattle!

Kona the Rattle!

Photo Submitted by: Brenda 10/23/13

This is Kona. She is a Rattle and the sweetest companion. Loyal and always gives an energetic greeting to all 8 of us in our family. She is about 18 pounds. Doesn’t shed, and her hair seems to grow at such a slow pace– we just groom her at home. She came from a litter of 3 – one had short hair like a terrier, one had really curly hair like a poodle and then there was Kona – with a mix of both. Kona is soooo smart and loves to learn tricks and extremely loyal. She will stay with us without a leash and is just so happy to be part of the family. Great dog.

Zoey the Rattle!

Zoey the Rattle!

Photo Submitted by: Alysha 11/3/13

Zoey. Half miniature rat terrier half toy poodle
This is the sweetest little dog I have ever had! I have always had poodles and love them but my little Zoey blows them out of the water! She is so hyper and requires a lot of attention but that’s what I love so much about her! She is ALWAYS in a love able mood! Wouldn’t take anything for her! She is a wonderful mix of the 2 breeds! Always finds a way to brighten my day!





Photo Submitted by: Brenda 2/11/14

This is Callie . No DNA test yet but she resembles the rattle. She loves to cuddle and is very loving. Thank you for your assistance in discovering who she could be!

Koa Mae the Rattle!

Koa Mae the Rattle!

Koa Mae

Koa Mae

Photo Submitted by: Kimberly 6/10/14

LOVE our little Koa Mae(Mae Mae for short), 3 months old

Ayden the Rattle!

Ayden the Rattle!

Photo Submitted by: Ashley 6/20/14

This is Ayden. Ayden is half Rat Terrier and half Poodle. I’ve had Ayden since he was 8weeks old and I must say I never thought I could become so attached to him. I’m a first time pet owner so everything was brand new to me. Ayden is very playful and is such a sweetheart. He follows me all around the house and loves to cuddle at anytime and anyplace.

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Kat June 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Gracie, a Half American Hairless Rat Terrier Half Poodle Mix!

rat terrier


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