Rat terrier breeder Centereach, Ny
"We don't just sell puppies, we sell your new family member"

Breeder of Exellence award

Who we are
(631) 451-1959 (Janet) jrissibal@aol.com

Conditions of sale

Gems Rat Terriers Gems Rat Terriers Gems Rat Terriers perfected lines with extensive history


We have pure breed Rat Terrier puppies for sale in NY. We are not a pet store or pet broker. We have high quality dogs. We believe the most important time in a dog's life is the environment they are in when they are puppies and we provide a clean and happy environment. We have 9 generation's tracking the health of our dogs. We have sold over 400 puppies to happy customers. Breeding Rat Terriers preserving their original heritage for 17 years. Most breeders do not have this type of history. Our main concern is the genetic health history and temperament specific to the breed. Your Vet bills will be minimal with our dogs. Our dog's lines have been tested and are PLL clear (Eye disease). They are in the best of health and have pure white teeth. All of our puppies are guaranteed not to have any genetic diseases. They do not have strange allergies or skin diseases. We do not have time to show our dogs' but they are all "our" champions in health and temperament. We do not focus on breeding the same looking dogs as show dog breeders do because many times it sacrifices their health and temperament. We have different sizes; colors and some are stockier than others and have puppies with more of a hunting (prey) drive than others. We do not hold back or breed dogs for show. You will not find our dogs in any "puppy store", "puppy broker" or "online puppy store" as these puppies are usually shipped from wholesale puppy mills or from inexperienced breeders. You don't know what conditions they were raised in. They just sell puppies from cages. Many will have temperament and or health problems. These pet stores lie through their teeth to make a sale. All puppies are adorable and these stores play on your heartstrings to sell puppies. They say your puppy is from a breeder and give attractive packages like 2yr free vet visits and a "No puppy mill promise" Major costs of sick puppies and genetic diseases happen later in their life. Online websites that sell more than one breed are just extensions of puppy stores or brokers posing as breeders. Do not be fooled by this commercial industry. Reputable experienced breeders would never sell their dogs to puppy/online stores. Those puppies are worth a fraction of what you pay. In addition, it's a misconseption that a dog with AKC or UKC means your getting a healthy dog. Due to dog shows & advertising makes you think they are healthy dogs. Wonder how puppy stores/online stores sell them with these registries? These registries have puppy mills. Only an irresponsible breeder would sell to these places. A registry means nothing if it is not from a reputable breeder. A puppy can look great on the outside but have a multitude of long term problems. Many people come to us after being heartbroken from having had a puppy or dog with many costly health issues. If you haven't had a bad experience you wouldn't know how difficult it is. Each parent can carry any of the 600 + illnesses and diseases. It is important to know and track the long term history of each breeding dog to know which pair to breed to produce healthy puppies. We do not ship puppies to avoid any stress that can affect their physical and social health. Shipping puppies can be fatal and affect their well being. Some people stay in a local hotel to get their puppy. We have sold puppies to people all over the United States. (WI,MN,OR,KT,UT,CO,TX,LA & Canada to name a few) We are not far from Ferries (Cross sound or Port Jefferson) you can also call for special arrangements. You can be sure your puppy has been well taken care of on a 24-7hr basis. This is a business built on the love of the breed. We have tracked and recorded our Rat Terrier health history lines for over 30yrs with 9 generations of pedigree. Perfecting the lines to produce the best of the best. We use Coefficient Calculations dogs to further protect our puppies from the risk of genetic health illnesses. We carefully study which pairs of our dogs to breed. DNA tests of our puppies have shown this. Dogs can have over 600 genetic diseases. While it is good to test for the 6 most common; tracking the health over a long period is of most importance. We tell you the truth about our puppies by temperament and size so you can make a decision on which puppy would fit your lifestyle. Our adult dogs are on the bottom of this page. Rat terriers are fun, athletic, loyal, intelligent and lovable. They are always happy to see you and will bring you much happiness. Vaccinations, wormers, love and attention are all they need. We focus on their long-term health. We have over 400 happy owners from all over the United States, spanning over 17yrs. with many References available.
I am happy to say that I have been the Vice president of the National Rat Terrier Association since 2014 helping the association to be the best Rat Terrier registry.

Video's of our dogs: http://www.youtube.com/gemsrats

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Our puppies have been taught the basic understanding of the words "No", "Come Here", "Good girl/boy", "Do you want water?", "Do you want to eat?", "Do you want to go out?", "Wait" and "Goodnight". They are also paper trained. Rat terriers are similar to Russell terriers, Jack Russells ,Toy Fox, and Min Pins but they are calmer. Some say Rat terriers are a best-kept secret. They are fun loving, loyal and intelligent dogs and are easily trained. They are a product of what you put into them. They are always ready to play, love attention and can be very funny. They can get spurts of energy we call "Zoomies", then lay around and watch TV with you. They make loving companions. Rat terriers are family dogs that can adapt to houses and apartments and your lifestyle. They like to chase varmints. Although they are terriers, they also have many characteristics of larger breeds. All Rat terriers have the same loyal instinct but some are a more active than others so please let us know what you are looking for. Carrie Underwood, Shirley MacLain, and Lou Reed & Laurrie Anderson (Contacted us for a movie) are among Rat Terrier owners. We were also contacted by Animal planet for a video "Too Cute" for a segment on their show. Our dogs can compete in some AKC events (more on AKC) with papers from the NRTA. The NRTA has helped the Rat terrier become a recognized breed because they were the first to implement standards based on their original heritage. All of our breeding dogs have the Rat Terrier Decker strain (Hunting drive) from their ancestry.
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Our Dogs in Newsday Long Island. They are always happy to see you!

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