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These Jack Russells are very typical of the kind that English ratters have always used, and lurchers and retriever crosses can rat, too.

Highly bred and trained retrievers aren’t used to rat, though they certainly can do it.

The reason is that it teaches the dog to do a killing bite, also known as “hardmouth.”

However, there are retrievers that can adjust what kind of bite they use and can be used to retrieve live birds and to kill rats and other things.

One of the reasons why the curly-coated retriever got such a bad reputation for hardmouth is because they were owned by keepers as their personal dogs, which they used in ratting forays like this one.

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You must have the cap. If you want to kill anything with a terrier, you must have the cap:

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