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Wild Oak Rat Terriers, San Diego, CA


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Wild Oak Rat Terriers
1. Wild Oak Rat Terriers  (March 21, 2005)


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In southern California!!

Welcome to Wild Oak Rat Terriers, we're glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy our albums. We are a small breeder of Rat Terriers located in Campo, California, that's East San Diego County in the high desert. We live on 93 acres, a fantastic place to raise dogs, with plenty of room to run, hunt and explore.

At Wild Oak we specialize in large mini's to small standards, emphasis on temperament, health, quality, conformation, structural correctness, beauty, brains and prey drive, yes, you can have it all.

Our puppies are raised in the house, with cats, chickens and lots of socialization and love. When the pups are old enough to venture outside, we go for walks on the ranch with their Mom and the rest of the pack, they learn about lots of fun stuff and have a blast exploring!!

They are very well adjusted, brave, outgoing, happy and have strong self esteems.

We enjoy participating with our dogs in performance events and conformation competition.  A Rat Terrier’s main love in life is to be with their people, so they enjoy competing as well, pets first, show dogs second.  Rat Terriers are a hardy healthy breed, strong, active, happy and funny.  They are the ultimate family companion, happy to lay around all day, ready to go in an instant. They are very sensitive and easy to train, enjoy participating with their people, and are happiest when they’re with them.

Their tails are docked, dew claws removed, de-worming starts at 2 weeks of age, they are given their first immunization at 8 weeks. They are microchipped, and go to their forever homes with a Veterinarian exam, health guarantee and pedigree.

Our dogs are UKC and AKC registered.

A million thanks to the people who so diligently worked on getting our breed accepted into AKC. It was a long road, the love for the breed and dedication to make it happen took years of hard work. Pam Mills, Wendy and several others gathered 3,000 pedigrees for AKC's database, it's her perserverance that made it happen.


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This is Our Home
2. This is Our Home  (September 30, 2011)

This is our home, 93 acres in the high desert area of East San Diego County, Campo, California. There's a lot of work to be done on this property, mostly cleaning up the junk that was dumped here by the previous owner. Lt. John W. Finn, from 1958 to 2010. I use the term "junk" loosely as this would include some relics and antiques.  A lot of history goes along with this property, it's going to be fun and a challenge to make it our home.  

When we moved here July 1, 2011, we were the Beverly Hillbillies making the trip to Campo, with chickens, dogs, cats, fish and plants. I actually have a rocking chair to put in the bed of our truck but decided to ride inside in air conditioning, otherwise I could have rocked my way to our new home!

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California litter, Chevelle & Churchill
3. California litter, Chevelle & Churchill   (March 16, 2017)

This is a very exciting litter, a repeat breeding of "The Independence Day Litter", exceptional puppies, born on March 16, 2017, a culmination of our outstanding foundation dogs.

"PORSCHE" - 100% Fire Mountain
"TROOPER" - Sands' Kennels in Georgia, Lisa has contributed many years of breeding fine dogs
"GABBY" - Mill's breeding, one of the foundation kennels of this breed, still showing up in pedigrees today
"TURBO" - Companion Kennels, Washington state, the "Turn" line, developed by Susan Turner, years of the finest Rat Terriers, found in many modern dogs

Sire: AKC Grand Champion Wild Oak's Anson St. Church "Churchill"
Black Bi, 14 l/2" 18 pounds

Dam: Wild Oak's Kiss me Quick "Chevelle"
Black tri, 14" 18 pounds

All our dogs are PLL clear by parentage

Chevelle has one AKC major and points, we've decided to retire her from the show ring, she, like her mother, really doesn't like to show at all.

These puppies, like the litter before them, will be structurally sound, beautiful, brave, healthy with prey drive plus. Their temperaments are superb, their family members have incredible temperaments, WAY smart, loving, affectionate and loyal.

Puppy 1, male, black bi "Bishop" SOLD to the Chavez family
Puppy 2, male, black bi "Aptos" SOLD,  heading to Las Vegas with Nick Hawk
Puppy 3, female, black tri "Shasta" heading to Missouri with Rebecca Breining
Puppy 4, male, blue tri "Dublin" SOLD, heading to Chicago with Sidneya Bennett
Puppy 5, male black tri "Chico" SOLD, headed to LaJolla, CA with his loving new mom, Marsha Reuther, MD

You can see more pics regarding the parents and family in their albums

This litter, and all subsequent litters, will be dedicated to the memory of Gabby, our sweetheart angel dog. You left way too soon Gabbers, we had a lot of life to be lived together, RIP we love and miss you every day. Your joy, love and spirit lives on in your daughter Chevelle, she reminds us so much of you.

These are your grandchildren Gabby and they are beautiful, just like you.

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CHBogart Porche Perfecta Wildoak CD,RN
4. CHBogart Porche Perfecta Wildoak CD,RN   (March 21, 2005)


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Now in southern California

Sire - CH Bogart T-Bone Brown Bogart
Dam - Bogart Spring Fling Bogart
Born - December 19, 2002
Black tri
OFA - Patellas, normal, on OFA site
Cardiac normal as per practitioner
PLL Clear

This is Porsche "what a dog" Littleton, she's our baby and our constant companion. During the day she gardens with her Mom (varmints beware) and is the CEO of the Rat Terrier Security Company. She enjoys exploring  and hunting with her dog family; Trooper, Libby, Chevelle, Julep, Churchill, Gypsy, aka the "Terrier Terrorists." She loves to go shopping at Home Depot and especially pet stores. She's the first out the door when it's time for an outing.

At night she is happy hanging out with her Mom, Dad and doggie family, sharing a bite of their dinner, watching a little TV and burrowing under the covers at bed time.

Porsche earned her AKC CD degree February 2006 and an AKC Rally Novice degree July 2010, it was lots of fun to compete with her in those events, she also earned her AKC CGC title, "Canine Good Citizen," and she certainly is just that.

Porsche's parents are T-Bone and Spring, thank you so much Deborah Bogart for this most awesome girl. She certainly started us on the right foot in Rat Terrier land.

January 28, 2006 Porsche debut Rat Terriers at the prestigious Golden Gate Kennel Club show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. She was brilliant, got a first leg towards her CD degree and placed 4th too!! Two more legs were earned on February 26, thus earning her CD degree!! and are we ever proud of her!!

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The Girls at Wild Oak
5. The Girls at Wild Oak  (October 6, 2006)

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We adore our girls, they are wonderful, smart, loving, funny, loyal skilled hunters. They are fabulous mothers, taking that job very seriously. They are no stranger to the show ring, conformation in UKC and performance in AKC.

They go anywhere with confidence, love to travel, very social with new dogs and people.

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The Boys at Wild Oak
6. The Boys at Wild Oak  (October 8, 2006)

Here are our beautiful boys, they are the greatest. Kind, sweet, gentle, gorgeous, most loving boys ever. Their temperaments are unbeatable, they are the best.
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Beautiful Litters of the Past
7. Beautiful Litters of the Past  (October 8, 2006)

This folder contains albums with pictures of the litters we've raised and loved in the past. They all are the companions of great people and are very much loved.
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Dogs/Puppies Available
8. Dogs/Puppies Available  (August 15, 2010)

Beautiful blue tri male dog, 3 years old, needs a home with a human in it for companionship 24/7. Walking, hiking, swimming, agility, he needs a job. Should live in a quiet area with little or no stressors, i.e., fireworks, motorcycles, etc.

He's intensely loyal, loving, intelligent, good with people and other dogs.

In southern California

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We Are The Champions !! At Wild Oak!
9. We Are The Champions !! At Wild Oak!  (September 5, 2008)

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Here are the dogs that we have bred and/or own that have become AKC and/or UKC Champions and/or Grand Champions.  

It's with great pride that we share them with you. They truly are wonderful, great family companions, our babies, our best friends, our partners.

Many of the dogs we've raised are show quality and could win their championships easily. However, not all puppy homes are interested in showing, so those little "show dogs" are living up to their forever family's expections, and are "winning" hearts and love every day.

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Miscellaneous Items of Interest
10. Miscellaneous Items of Interest  (August 20, 2007)

Very important information regarding spay and neuter, early altering is creating some very serious health issues in dogs. This doctor is amazing, check out her website and/or Facebook page, her video on nutrition is profound.

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Everybody knows you should get your puppy from "a good breeder." But how can you tell who's a good breeder?  Raising good puppies makes some very specific demands, so there are signs, that the careful buyer can spot.

"Click here to learn "How to Recognize a Good Breeder"


There's so much to know about taking care of a puppy; there's also much to understand about training a puppy. How do you begin? You begin by first learning about what makes a puppy a puppy - what he needs, what he responds to, what he can do. This link then is your introduction to basic puppy.


Please click here to understand the stages of puppy development.


The great dog food debate- the good the bad and the ugly.  How does one choose?  If you follow television, you may believe that the companies that advertise there have foods full of tasty meat and chock full of great vitamins and minerals, but is it true?  Not so much. In the world of dog food it is buyer beware, yet the average person picking up a supermarket brand of dog food is unaware of the hazard.  This does not make them bad owners – they are simply uninformed owners.  Who knew you needed to research dog food more diligently than your own food?


Over the years many pet owners and Veterinarians have become concerned about the potentially harmful practice of annual vaccination. As immune disease, cancer and chronic disease in canines increases, new studies on the duration of immunity are being done.

All 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats. Those that are working for change have a long road ahead of them.

Old habits die hard; fortunately things are starting to change for the better thanks to a few dedicated Veterinarians and researchers who are willing to make a difference.

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Special Dogs in our lives
11. Special Dogs in our lives  (July 25, 2007)

This album is dedicated to the dogs that have touched us in one way or another along the way.

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The Rainbow Bridge
12. The Rainbow Bridge  (June 15, 2007)

Dedicated to our loved ones who are waiting for us there,
we miss you very much and think of you everyday.

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge......

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Yeah! We're a COOL site!!
13. Yeah! We're a COOL site!!  (February 10, 2009)
* We've included in this album some pictures and/or cartoons, graphics, etc., that I think are really cool, hope you enjoy. * * * * *
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Vintage Rats
14. Vintage Rats  (August 11, 2010)

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I've really enjoyed searching for and finding Vintage/Antique pictures of Rat Terriers. Some of the dogs in these pics are surely Fox Terriers or Jack Russell Terriers, but close enough. Hope you enjoy and if you run across any artwork that's Rat Terrier/Terrier specific, I'd love to see it.

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15. Wild Oak Puppies go to Dog Shows   (October 8, 2006)

In February 2005 we started showing the puppies from the July 2004 litter and have been showing the new litters since. We've had a blast, met some wonderful people, some fabulous dogs and have shown under terrific judges.

The support and fellowship of our new friends has been wonderful. Thanks to all of you for your friendship, we're definitely having a lot of fun!!
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