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Ratonero Valenciano

Ratonero Valenciano, a rat hunting terrier breed, has roots in Spain’s Valencia Community, known to exist as early as the 18th century. Among the several speculations regarding the development of this breed, one includes that stocks of the Fox terrier were crossed with the native breeds, resulting in these efficient ratters. These terriers generate a sturdy look because of their square body and robust muscular build. Their oval-shaped brown eyes and triangular-shaped high set add to their appealing appearance. They are light on their feet and gifted with a unique jumping ability because of their agile nature. One of their distinguishing features is that they are tailless, though modern versions do have a small tail, thick towards the base, and pointed near the end.

Temperamentally, they have the traits seen in most other terriers- playful, active, curious, and energetic. They enjoy the company of their family and detest when left alone for a prolonged period. Their alertness and brave disposition make them excel as excellent watchdogs, who take no time in warning their master of any stranger at the door by emitting a loud bark and howl.

They do well with kids, particularly the older ones, who know to behave maturely with a small dog of its stature. Owing to their territorial nature, they could break into a fight with other dogs but do well with those they are brought up with. However, keeping their rodent-hunting lineage in mind, it is advisable not to make these dogs coexist with smaller pets.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Gos Rater Valencià, Rater Valencia
  • Colors:Tricolor (black-tan-white; chocolate-tan-white)
  • Life Expectancy:12-14 years
  • Height:Male – 12-16 inches; Female – 11-15 inches
  • Weight:9- 18 lbs
  • Temperament:Alert, loyal, energetic, curious
  • Good with Kids:Yes; preferably older ones
  • Exercise requirements:Moderately high
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:3-6 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderately high
  • Health Problems:Eye problems, joint problems, allergies
  • Trainability:Moderately easy
  • Origin:Spain
Ratonero Valenciano Dog
Ratonero Valenciano Image

History

    1700s

    The breed supposedly came into existence

    2004

    Real Sociedad Canina de España, Spain’s national kennel club, recognized this breed

    2010

    Only 523 of these dogs were registered under the Real Sociedad Canina de España

Ratonero Valenciano Puppy
Ratonero Valenciano Picture

Care

You need to give these active dogs their daily dose of exercise to help these terriers channelize their energy well. A 20-30 minute walk twice a day, coupled with sufficient playtime outdoors and indoors, is all they need to remain happy and healthy. These small dogs would do well in an apartment, provided their exercise needs are met well.

Because of their short, smooth, tight-fitting coat, the Ratonero Valenciano is a low-maintenance breed that needs reduced grooming. Brushing these dogs’ coat one or two times a week would help keep their coat in good condition and retain their shine. Cleaning their eyes and ears regularly to check infections, trimming their nails at least once a month, and even brushing their teeth daily are needed.

Like all other terriers, the Ratonero Valenciano also needs high-quality dog food, readymade or homemade. If going for store-bought food, you may opt for brands like Hill’s Science and Royal Canin.

Gos Rater Valencià
Rater Valencia

Training

They aren’t difficult to train, provided you know how to tackle their terrier-like stubbornness and independent nature.

Training these dogs on socialization since they are puppies would help them get along well with people and pets. Moreover, understanding the difference between a welcoming situation and a threat would help them judge strangers better. They wouldn’t indulge in barking at every unknown person they see at the door, be it a guest or the delivery boy.

Command training is even essential since the start to instill discipline. Also, teach these dogs to wear a leash to keep their chasing instincts in check, especially when you take them out.

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