National Rat Terrier Association
26 Park Drive   Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone 860-563-2293 
We have made a few updates on the NRTA website to serve you better. 
This page :
is for posting photos of your litters or adult dogs for sale. If you are a member of the NRTA this board is free to use at anytime. All you need to do is register first.  There are complete instructions on the page to further assist you in posting. You can make changes and update or delete all photos that you post at anytime. 

You can also post any Items For Sale that are related to the Rat Terrier and you do not have to be a member to use this section of the board.
This Board
is dedicated to people who want to Brag on there Rat and post a photo or write a story.  All Kids photos now go here along with a section to write a story. It is free to use for everyone and there is not registration necessary. Just go and post what ever you’d like about your rat.
On this
board you can discuss many issues related to the Rat Terrier. Post a new topic or answer someones question that is already there. General discussions, Behavioral Problems, Training Issues, Color Issues and what ever else you’d like to talk about.

The Rescue and Adoption Board on the NRTA web site has been changed to

Here people can post dogs that need homes or want to rescue a rat in need. There are postings from many states in the USA. Help us find a match for some of these rats.

Hints for the Color Test

Grandparents – Formulas)
Dams’ side 
 (Black and Tan) - atBCDdESsp
(Chocolate/White/Tan) - atbCDdEesp

Sires’ side 
Sarah (Weimaraner Grey/White/Tan) - atbCdEesp
Yankee (Black/White/Tan) - atBbCDEsp

Answers will be printed in the next issue 

Champion Of Merit
     We are once again looking for more candidates for Champions of Merit dogs that will be featured in the newsletter and on the NRTA website. 
     Dogs must be at least 1 year of age for submission. They must be registered with the NRTR. Both ears should be the same; all styles of ear sets are included. We cannot accept one up and one down. 
     Regardless of what the dog looks like to you, we can only judge the dog by the photos sent in. We look closely at the standards for the breed in choosing our winners.

Send in at least 3 pictures showing front, side and rear views of the dog.
Print and fill out this quick for

Send all submissions to:
Sherri Chatterton 
4796 Nursery Road 
Morganton, NC 28655 

 Please send in your potential champion!

Dogs Applying for Foundation Stock

Dog: Sycamore  Flats Tuffy
Parents: Sycamore Flats Spike
Fire Mtn's Calico Kate
Grandparents: Decker's Mr. Big
Decker's Cougar
Rule's JK Trooper
Decker's Marcella

Dog: Sycamore Flats Jackie
Parents: Skeeter Valentine
Sycamore Flats Tampa
Grandparents: High Sierra Rusty Rule's
Fire Mtn's Belle Star
Sycamore Flats Spike
Fire Mtn's Calico Kate

Dog: Fire Mtn's Molly Bee
Parents: Fire Mtn's Foxfire
Lewis' Molly Decker
Grandparents: Mr Mack
Cajuns Opaline
Chester Decker
Odles Peanut

Dog: Fire Mtn's Tonto
Parents: Fire Mtn's Tonka
Fire Mtn's Ginger
Grandparents: Dr. Pepper
Morgans Audie
Fire Mountains Hero
Fire Mountains Misty

Dog: Fire Mtn's Delila
Parents: Fire Mtn's Sundancer
Fire Mtn's Cloud
Grandparents: Fire Mtn's Tonka
Fire Mtn's Moon Dancer
Fire Mtn's Tonka
High Sierra Mist


     Our Rat Terrier Foundation Network is now in motion. This Network of breeders is dedicated to producing good dogs for the improvement and the preservation of the breed. Why? With the continuing watch on the health survey it is essential that our breeds problems decrease and not increase. We are asking all our breeders to participate in the project. 

     We have created a foundation stock registry database that will list those dogs that qualify. This will make the search for stock free of defects easier to locate. In addition the database will also identify and marks carriers of genetic defects. Any dog entering the system must have 3 generations of complete pedigree information. It is the goal to compile 200-300 dogs to be used for studbook records that must be free of and free of producing all major defects.  The Registry will be kept open to allow new blood to enter which is essential to the future of the breed.

    If you would like to join go to  or email us for information sent to you.  Applications can be submitted online or by postal mail.
The Foundation Network List of Breeders

Joe and Pam Quintana
Carol Pompey
Jill Pastucka
Nancy Ney
 Karen Bodey
Monika Miller
Andrea Ryan
April Snapp
Lou Blanco
Rosalie Rinear
Michelle Heist
Margaret Burz
Paulette Buckner
Peter Precourt
Shirley Holubec
Kerri Darr
Barbara Cox
Marion Shiller
Thank you to all for your hard work in improving the Rat Terrier as a Breed

The following list of people are available to take in a Rat Terrier that is in need. Please contact them if you are someone who is in need of finding a home. 
Karen Miltmore Washington, 509-662-3356,
Susan Hege Shannon, NC 910-875-4807
Kathrine Loftis Fayatte, AL 205-904-8782
Johnny Chapman Channelview, TX 
Phone # 281-862-9797
Joe Nonidez GA 
Phone# 404-529-1775 
Jackie Hagberg- CA- 209-674-4355 
Carol Bowers Homosassa, FL 352-621-3110 
Mike Brown, Coalville, UT  435-336-0511
Holly Egerer, Clearwater, MN 320-558-6820
Laura Barker Exeter, NH 603-778-9988
Michelle Heist Northport, AL 205-333-7221
The following people are available to help with placement only:
Patricia Blankenship Madison, MS
 601-856-5347 E-mail
Sandra Blodget Bakersfield, CA 
661-587-5654 E-mail

If you wish to be listed as a breeder with the NRTA, you need to fill out a Breeders Application, register your dogs with the NRTR and abide by the Codes of Ethics. You can locate this information at here or email us at to have the forms mailed to you or call us at 860-563-2293.

The following is a list of the NRTA officials. Please contact the representative that is closest to you if you have any questions. This list is subject to change on a quarterly basis; please check your current newsletter for any updates.
Cabinet Members
President  Margaret Burz - CT - 860-563-2293 E-Mail
Vice President  Barbara Cox -Texas 409-386-1787 E-Mail
Treasurer  Chet Jackson - CT - 860-563-2293 E-Mail

District Vice Presidents

Chet Jackson - CT - 860-563-2293 District 1 New England
Marion Shiller - Texas - (512) 455-9181 E-Mail District 2 Southwest
Lou Compton-Blanco - California - 831-763-9121 E-mail District 5 West
Guy Chatterton - NC -(828) 584-6584 E-Mail District 3 South

Regional Directors

Stan Simon-MI-517-593-3405 North
Peter Precourt -CT - 860-228-9691  E-Mail -New England
Shirley Holubec - TX - 830-535-6507 E-Mail South
Mike Branch - NC - 336-366-2845 E-Mail South
Sherri Chatterton - NC -(828) 584-6584 E-Mail South

State Inspectors

Cindy Schriber - WI - E-Mail
Kerri Darr -WA - 360-673-2861 E-Mail
Kathy Mateleska -NC - 704-633-1326
Joe Nonidez - GA - 404-529-1775 
Jackie Hagberg- CA- 209-674-4355 E-Mail
Roxanne Laing - CA - 209-966-2840 E-Mail
Paulette Buckner - MT - 406-358-2480 E-Mail
April Snapp - ME - 207-654-2399E-Mail
Susan Hege - NC - 910-980-1993 E-mail
Kathrine Loftis - AL - 205-904-8782
Carol & Jerome Bowers - FL 352-621-3110 E-mail

Decker Giant Advisory Team
Tim Brown
Rosalie Rinear
Stan Simon
Guy Chatterton

To Register With the National Rat Terrier Registry (NRTR)

     The NRTA database tracks color genetics and other tell-tail genetic indicators such as NB-tails. The Decker Rat Terrier is being registered along with the percentage of Decker blood that is actually carried. We have listings up to 9 generations tracking back the history of our Rats on many of our dogs including the decker strain that goes back as far as the original Decker's Henry.

     By registering your dogs through the NRTA you help insure the protection of the breed. We maintain records that clearly define the development of our breed. We record not only your dog's ancestry, but define a clear picture of the dogs that went into the makeup of the breed and how it has changed since its introduction to America.

If anyone needs to discuss any issues with the NRTA or has some suggestions to make, please feel free to contact us anytime at or call 860-563-2293.

If we don't here your comments or suggestions we will never know you have them.
Thanks, NRTA
NRTA Code Of Ethics
NRTA Breeders Code Of Ethics