Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted April 4, 2014
My family and I inherited Oinky, a rat terrier, after my uncle passed away. He was an avid dog lover and affectionately named Oinky after the sound a pig makes because of the disproportionate size of her head to her body. She quickly bonded to her new owners, but became the most attached to my mother, who did not hesitate to lavish her with attention and treats. While the relationship between my family and Oinky was positive, the cats in the household had a difficult time adjusting to Oinky's attempts at aggressive playfulness. It was in her nature to play bite and chase them at first, but she eventually brought down her level of roughness in exchange for more peaceful cohabitation. Since we first invited her into our home, we have learned that her playfulness and aggression is (thankfully) not vocal. She only barks when strangers are in the proximity- she has shown herself to be a very effective guard dog. In contrast to some of the other dogs I've owned, Oinky seems very clingy and almost demands frequent attention. She is not fully happy unless she's sitting comfortably in my mother's lap, getting scratched behind the ear. If she does not receive at least two walks twice a die, she gets extremely hyper. An energetic personality may or may not be a characteristic of the breed, but it is definitely one of Oinky's main traits!