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125 Popular Rat Terrier Dog Names: Unique Options For Your Pet

Written by: Elizabeth Gray

Last Updated on April 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

125 Popular Rat Terrier Dog Names: Unique Options For Your Pet

As an energetic and playful breed, the Rat Terrier has a personality much larger than its size. It’s one of the few breeds that are “Made in America.” Rat Terriers were bred to hunt rodents but are often found as tough but affectionate family pets.

If you’re preparing to welcome one of these adorable, no-nonsense dogs into your family, you need a name that suits your new pup’s singular personality. In this article, you’ll find 125 popular and unique Rat Terrier names perfect for these pint-sized powerhouses!

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How to Name Your Rat Terrier

Whether buying a puppy or adopting an adult dog, finding the perfect name is one of the first decisions you’ll make as a new Rat Terrier owner. For inspiration, look at your pet’s personality, appearance, and breed history. Many people also turn to their own hobbies, favorite sports, or even baby name books!

Whichever name you settle on, start using it right away to help your intelligent little Rat Terrier start learning it. The dogs can be stubborn, so early training and socialization are vital.

Rat Terrier Smiling
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divider-pawDog Names Based on Breed Purpose and Origin

This all-American breed is rumored to have gotten its name straight from former President Teddy Roosevelt. You’ll find names in this section that reflect the Rat Terrier’s American roots and hunting dog heritage. You’ll also find the name of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rat Terrier, Skip. He was famous for his exploits hunting rats in the White House!

  • Chase
  • Hunter
  • Digger
  • Teddy
  • Yank
  • Rider
  • Sarge
  • Patton
  • Star
  • Arrow
  • Bullet
  • Rambo
  • Archer
  • Scout
  • Ace
  • Parker
  • Spangle
  • Skip
  • Captain
  • Prez


Dog Names Based on Personality and Appearance

While not considered the most energetic of terrier breeds, the Rat Terrier often still seems to be in constant motion. These dogs are little balls of muscle and are very strong for their size. The Rat Terrier’s appearance is also unique, with pointy ears and striking patterns of color on a white body. These names are inspired by the larger-than-life look and attitude of these pups.

Rat Terrier
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  • Buster
  • Amp
  • Zip
  • Turbo
  • Blaze
  • Sampson
  • Boss
  • Chaos
  • Nitro
  • Cordite
  • Buzz
  • Corky
  • Kali
  • Jet
  • Joy
  • Spirit
  • Sparky
  • Gizmo
  • Sassy
  • Patch
  • Spot
  • Dot
  • Spirit
  • Dottie
  • Rogue
  • Bandit
  • Zeus
  • Apollo


Dog Names Inspired by Food

You love to eat, and so does your dog, so why not consider one of these culinary names for your Rat Terrier? Although they are related to the kitchen, these names also reflect aspects of the breed’s general personality.

Bluetick Rat Terrier
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  • Ginger
  • Basil
  • Lemon
  • Pie
  • Biscuit
  • Cookie
  • Pepper
  • Zest
  • Brandy
  • Chili
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Chipotle
  • Jello
  • Muffin
  • Candy
  • Nugget
  • Mustard
  • Peppermint
  • Curry
  • Wasabi
  • Salsa
  • Serrano
  • Cayenne
  • Coco


Dog Names Inspired by Nature

When you own a Rat Terrier, you’ll probably spend a lot of time outside helping them burn off energy. These names are all suggested by elements of the natural world. Choose one that reflects your surroundings or your favorite vacation spot.

Jack-Rat Terrier
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  • Storm
  • Thunder
  • River
  • Zephyr
  • Sprig
  • Twig
  • Maple
  • Holly
  • Star
  • Daisy
  • Clover
  • Flora
  • Shadow
  • Misty
  • Rosie
  • Rocky
  • Smoky
  • Pluto
  • Willow
  • Violet
  • Venus
  • Wolf


Dog Names Inspired by Sports and Pop Culture

Finally, look to your interests to inspire a name for your Rat Terrier. Who is your favorite athlete or celebrity? What’s your favorite film or album? This category is as varied as you might expect, so you’re sure to find an option here.

Rat terrier standing in grass
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  • Dodger
  • Charger
  • Jagger
  • Hendrix
  • Carrie
  • Selena
  • Arsenal
  • Harry
  • Strider
  • Hermione
  • Bronco
  • Vulcan
  • Leia
  • Solo
  • Kirk
  • Jack
  • Tyrion
  • Arya
  • Oscar
  • Dylan
  • Ratatouille
  • Buffy
  • Spike
  • Angel
  • Swift
  • Faulkner
  • Shirley
  • Jesse James
  • Draco
  • Hulk



Now that you know what you’re naming your new Rat Terrier, it’s time to make other important decisions, such as whether the dog will be allowed on the furniture and who’s in charge of picking up the poop!

Also, make time to establish care with a veterinarian if you don’t already have one, and sign up for pet insurance if that’s something you’re interested in. Welcoming a new pet to the home is an exciting time, but make sure you establish consistency and a routine early to help your Rat Terrier settle into the family.

Featured Image Credit: annapowa, Shutterstock

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