Breed Resources and Information

Our family has always loved the Rat Terrier breed. After investing in a Rat Terrier for our family and farm life, we instantly fell in love and. During our search for more, we discovered the Decker Rat Terrier lines and Old Dominion Terriers. Due to their larger stature, we figured that this breed would be better fit to our family and lifestyle. The Old Dominion Terriers are a breed that can be traced back to their creation in the 1800’s, when hunters and farmers wanted to create the perfect working dog for their lifestyles. The breed is made up of Rat Terrier, Fox Terrier, the Basenji and a few other breeds along the way. At the start of this breed, they carefully crossed the larger Rat Terriers with the other breeds in order to keep their size and structure, as well as cultivating an elegant look. In doing so, they also created a driven, hardworking breed, with extreme intelligence, with high energy but eagerness to please and work hard for their owners.

Decker Terriers are medium sized breed, weighing around 25-45 pounds on average. They have a short minimal shedding coat, and a muscular build. Thanks to their build and temperament they excel in a wide range of activities, hunting, falconry, therapy, and agility. The Decker Terriers are a very hardy and healthy breed that naturally doesn’t bark often.

This breed currently track pedigree under Rat Terriers with UKC and AKC. However, like minded breeders that want to preserve and better this bigger terrier are working hard in order to give them their own name and registry, as well as the well deserved name Old Dominion Terrier. There is also currently an ODT registry, that you can find linked below.

http://www.theolddominionterrierclubofamerica.com