National Rat Terrier Association
26 Park Drive   Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone 860-563-2293 


NRTA Newsletter Online or by Postal Mail
Please Remember
As of the March 2002 issue of the newsletter we will be offering it online on the NRTA website or sent to you fully printed in the mail. If you choose to change your way of receiving it please notify us by email at or call 860-563-2293. The membership fee is $20.00 per year online or $30.00 to have it printed out.

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 different views of the dog/puppy.
Print and fill out this quick form

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

 Please send in your potential champion!

Dogs that have been accepted into the Foundation Stock for this quarter

*RPKs Lestat De La Canine
*Chico Buggy Gordito

Dog's Applying for Foundation Stock

The following is a list of dogs and their heritage applying for foundation stock dogs. This list will be posted for 3 months in each issue of the newsletter and on the internet on the NRTA web site.

Dog - Neals Tipper
Parents - Whisperwind Dammy
Whisperwind Daphne
Grandparents - Fido
Ridgways Gee Whiz
Ridgways Blue Streak

Dog - RPKs Sandman
Parents - Fred
Shelly's Wild Thing
Grandparents - Ralph
Cline Princess


     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

April Snapp
Lou Blanco
Rosalie Rinear
Michelle Heist
Margaret Burz
Paulette Buckner
Peter Precourt
Shirley Holubec
Kerri Darr
Barbara Cox
Marion Shiller
Jan Sanders
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
Heidi Zbleski Comstock, WI 715-822-5580 
Kathrine Loftis Fayatte, AL 205-904-8782
Carol Bowers Homosassa, FL 352-621-3110 
Deb O'Sullivan Pawling, NY 845-855-8162
Mike Brown, Coalville, UT  435-336-0511
Holly Egerer, Clearwater, MN 320-558-6820

Rescue and Adoption Board is now up and running on the NRTA web site. If you need to post a dog for
Here people can post dogs that need homes or want to rescue a rat in need. Please check it out. There are postings from many states in the USA. Help us find a match for some of these rats.
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.


     Coat color inheritance is a valuable tool for the breeder who wants to also include color breeding in their program. It includes instant color crossing results (over 2800 crosses), color identification photos, Chat rooms with discussions on genetic inheritance, breeding problems and how to solve them and coat color - questions and answers.

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 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
Deb O Sullivan - NY - 845-855-8162  E-Mail East

State Inspectors

Brenda Morris -IN - 812-883-2318 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
Gail Dykstra - MT - 406-883-9410 E-Mail
Paulette Buckner - MT - 406-358-2480 E-Mail
Heidi Zbleski - WI - 715-822-5580 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
Teresa Pitts - GA - 770-969-8861 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.

Thank you to all who have cared about the Rat Terrier and participated to keep them a sound healthy breed in the future.
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