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Prazsky Krysarik Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Prazsky Krysarik so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginCzech Republic
Other Names
What other names does the Prazsky Krysarik have? The dog breed also known as...
Prague Ratter, Pražský Krysařík
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Prazsky Krysarik recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Prazsky Krysarik recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Prazsky Krysarik puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Prazsky Krysarik price:
$2500-$3500
If you choose to purchase the Prazsky Krysarik, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Prazsky Krysarik for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Prazsky Krysarik gets to a happy place.

History

According to historical tales, the Prazsky Krysarik has been known for a long time in the remote parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Hence, in the Middle Ages, the breed was popular in Central European palaces, furthermore, the breed is known to be selectively bred as a companion dog for nobles, princes, kings, and aristocrats. It was originally developed in Bohemia where these dogs were prized by Bohemian aristocracy. As their name suggests they were also commonly used as rat catchers in rural and urban households because of the dogs’ small size, quick movement, and highly developed sense of smell. The Prague Ratter was frequently seen around the court and at feasts and given as state gifts from the Bohemian royal family to European rulers. It was already an established breed by the time of the rule of the Polish king Bolesław II. the Generous (1058–1081). He became fond of the Ratter and had two of them imported from Bohemia. Later, his owners were ordinary citizens. From the history of the Prazsky Krysarik, we can learn a lot, because most of it has been preserved. For instance, we know that this breed really comes from Bohemia and its origins can be traced back to the early history of Czechoslovakia.

In the 19th century, the popularity of the Prazsky Krysarik started to decline when the Miniature Pinscher became more fashionable. The breed went through a renaissance in the 1980s as Czechs and Slovaks started to breed them again. In 1980 its breeding process has successfully started to regenerate so the Prazsky Krysarik is again a favorite pet in the homes of the Central European owners.

In the present day, there are approximately 6,000 Prazsky Krysarik worldwide, and unfortunately, they usually only have 1-3 puppies per year, thus, their breeding process operates at a slower pace, than other breeds. The breed is currently not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs but does compete as a separate, distinct breed in dog shows in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The breed became acknowledged by the FCI in 2019.

The Prazsky Krysarik holds the record of being the smallest dog breed (measured by height) in the world. Nonetheless, this record might be misleading about its behavioral nature, which is really strong and independent, despite their small bodies.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Prazsky Krysarik size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Prazsky Krysarik weigh? Prazsky Krysarik weight:
Male: 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg), Female: 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Prazsky Krysarik? Prazsky Krysarik average weight:
Male: 4 pounds (2 kg), Female: 3 pounds (2 kg)
Height
How tall is the Prazsky Krysarik? Prazsky Krysarik height:
Male: 7-9 inches (19-22 cm), Female: 7-9 inches (19-22 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Prazsky Krysarik average height:
Male: 8 inches (20.5 cm), Female: 8 inches (20.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Prazsky Krysarik have? What does this canine coat look like?
ThickGlossy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Prazsky Krysarik's coat?
Blue Black & TanBrown & TanRedYellow
Grooming
How to groom the Prazsky Krysarik and how often?
Easy to groom: The Prazsky Krysarik doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Prazsky Krysarik is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Prazsky Krysarik dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Prague Ratter? Prazsky Krysarik shedding level:
Prazsky Krysariks are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Prazsky Krysarik have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveGentleLivelyAlertIntelligentQuick
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Prazsky Krysarik? Are they intelligent?
Average: Prazsky Krysarik's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Prazsky Krysarik dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Prazsky Krysariks are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Prazsky Krysarik is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Prazsky Krysarik sensitivity:
Prazsky Krysariks don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Prazsky Krysariks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Prague Ratter need? Prazsky Krysarik social needs:
Prazsky Krysariks are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Prazsky Krysarik dogs bark a lot? Why does my Pražský Krysařík bark?
Low to Average: The Prazsky Krysarik rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Prazsky Krysarik good as a watchdog?
Prazsky Krysariks are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Prazsky Krysarik dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Prazsky Krysariks are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Prazsky Krysarik bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Prague Ratter? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Prazsky Krysarik? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Prazsky Krysarik has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Prazsky Krysarik do?
Prazsky Krysariks have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Prazsky Krysariks need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Prazsky Krysarik to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Prazsky Krysarik roam?
Prazsky Krysariks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Prazsky Krysarik have high prey drive?
Prazsky Krysariks have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Prazsky Krysarik dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Prazsky Krysarik good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Prazsky Krysariks are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Prazsky Krysariks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Prazsky Krysariks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Prazsky Krysarik dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Prazsky Krysariks are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Prazsky Krysarik dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Prazsky Krysarik and children:
Prazsky Krysariks are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Prazsky Krysarik dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Prazsky Krysariks are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Prazsky Krysarik good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Prazsky Krysarik dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Prazsky Krysariks are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Prazsky Krysariks good office dogs? Do Prazsky Krysariks make good office friendly dogs? Can Prazsky Krysariks be office dogs?
No
Prazsky Krysarik is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Prazsky Krysarik dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Prague Ratter temperament with senior people? Are Prazsky Krysarik dogs good for elderly owners?
Prazsky Krysariks are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Prazsky Krysarik dogs get along with other pets? Are Prazsky Krysarik dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Prazsky Krysariks are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Prazsky Krysarik breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Prazsky Krysariks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Prazsky Krysarik be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Prazsky Krysarik is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Prazsky Krysarik be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Prazsky Krysarik is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Prazsky Krysarik be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Prazsky Krysarik is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Prazsky Krysarik be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Prazsky Krysarik is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Prazsky Krysarik be a boat dog?
Not really
Prazsky Krysarik breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Prazsky Krysarik be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Prazsky Krysarik is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Prazsky Krysarik dogs have health problems?
The Prazsky Krysarik is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Prazsky Krysarik dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Prazsky Krysarik be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Prazsky Krysarik breed hypoallergenic?
No
Prazsky Krysariks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Prazsky Krysarik have?
Prazsky Krysariks have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Prazsky Krysarik dogs require per day?
Prazsky Krysariks exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Prazsky Krysariks like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Prazsky Krysarik need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Prazsky Krysarik risk for obesity:
Low. The Prazsky Krysarik has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Prazsky Krysarik's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Prazsky Krysarik has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Prazsky Krysarik drool?
The Prazsky Krysarik is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Prazsky Krysarik: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Prazsky Krysarik have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Prazsky Krysarik have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Prazsky Krysarik

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Prazsky Krysariks are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Prazsky Krysarik doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Prazsky Krysariks are low shedders.
  • Stinkiness: The Prazsky Krysarik has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Adaptability: Prazsky Krysariks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Prazsky Krysariks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Watchdog Ability: Prazsky Krysariks are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Mouthiness: Prazsky Krysariks have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Prazsky Krysariks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Prazsky Krysariks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Prazsky Krysarik is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Prazsky Krysariks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Marine

    May 2, 2020, 7:24:41 AM:

    The best dog, so affectionate and loyal but also easy to train and so much fun to play with. Easy to groom and so easy to transport due to its size.