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Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, an agile, athletic breed with a lean body stature standing tall, derives its origin in Spain. The breed developed as a ratter to check mice and rats that would rampage the wineries. Their dark eyes, long muzzle, high set ears, and short tail are prominent features accounting for their striking look.

Besides their place of origin, they have also made their presence felt in the United States and acknowledged by a few dog registries in North America. The Nordic Kennel Union and even a few more minor clubs recognize them. However, they are yet to attain recognition by the American Kennel Club and Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

Temperament-wise they are a pleasure to owe due to their gentle, amicable demeanor. These dogs develop a great rapport with kids and even strangers, not making for a good watchdog.

They have close similarity in temperament with certain other Spanish ratters like Ratonero Bodeguero, Ratonero Valenciano, and Ratonero Murciano. Still, They have prominent physical differences that separate them from the different breeds.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Perro Ratonero Andaluz, Andalusian Wine-Cellar Rat-Hunting Dog, Perro Bodeguero, Andaluz Fox paulistinha
  • Colors:White & tan, black & white, tri-color, with brown, black, and white markings
  • Life Expectancy:10 – 15 years
  • Height:14 – 17 inches
  • Weight:10 – 20 pounds
  • Temperament:Playful, friendly, sociable
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:High
  • Hypoallergenic:Not recorded
  • Litter Size:5 – 7 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate
  • Health Problems:Luxating patella, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, skin infections
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:Andalusia (Spain)
Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Dog
Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Puppies

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz’s History: Timeline


    Brought by English wine merchants from England to Spain’s Sherry region, and crossed with local breeds


    Club Nacional del Perro Andaluz Ratonero Bodeguero, the first club for this breed, developed, and the breed standards were even written


    The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture recognized the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz as a native breed of Spain


They have high exercise needs requiring an hour of daily walk each day besides ample playtime in a fenced yard or garden. Do not miss out on the leash while taking them out else, these ratters may get after any small animal it spots nearby.

You do not need to work too hard in grooming this breed. So, comb it once a week using a pin brush to retain the shine of its coat.

When selecting food for this highly energetic breed, be it homemade or store-bought, ensure that it contains all the adequate nutrients. If going for commercially manufactured food, Hill’s Science , and Purina Pro Plan would be the preferred options. 

These gentle tempered dogs are easy to train. However, to keep a check on their terrier-like stubbornness giving obedience training to them right since their puppy days is of utmost importance. Teaching them to wear a leash from the start would also help to control their inherent chasing instinct.

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