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Valencian Ratter Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Valencian Ratter
OriginSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Valencian Ratter have? The dog breed also known as...
Gos Rater Valencia, Ratera Valencia, Valencian Rat Hunting Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Valencian Ratter recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Valencian Ratter recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Valencian Ratter 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? Valencian Ratter price:
Unknown
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Valencian Ratter History

The Valencian Ratter is also known as the Ratonero Valenciano, the Gos Rater Valencià, and in English, they are called the Valencian rat hunting dog, which originates from Valencia in Spain. Its origin is related to the examples of dogs from the Valencian Community with similar sizes and characteristics that go back to the early terrier imports from Great Britain and others that looked similar. The breed could almost be described as the Spanish equivalent of a Jack Russel Terrier. Indeed, in appearance, they are a little like a cross between a Jack Russel Terrier and a Fox Terrier. They stand a little over one-third of a meter to shoulder and weigh in at the equivalent of an out-sized cat. They are short-coated and most commonly tricolor, with the majority of the coat being white with black and tan patches over the head and ears but other acceptable color combinations include white and black, white and cinnamon, white and chocolate or white and tan. These are well-proportioned dogs with a fox-shaped skull and a good length of leg for their body.

According to experts, their existence has been documented in the Valencian Community since the last third of the 19th century and was selected and highly valued by the people in the countryside farms and fields for their excellent abilities and loyal friendship. They are one of the five native rat hunting dogs, the others being the Andalusian Ratter, Majorca Ratter, Murcian Ratter, and Basque Ratter. These five ratter breeds have a commonality of appearance and purpose, which suggests that they may hold distant relatives in common. Some people believe that the origins of the breed are strongly linked to the Andalusian ratter, but there is not much evidence about it. Although the breed’s history goes way back than the 19th century as it is said, that in the 16th-century English wine merchants, visiting the sherry regions of Spain, took their dogs of a Fox Terrier type with themselves and some of these dogs stayed and bred with the local canines to produce types now known as Spanish ratters, including the Valencian Ratter. Moreover, these little dogs’ job was to hunt out vermin and keep the rat and mouse population down. They are considered brave, they know how to bark and aren’t afraid to advertise the fact which makes them a great guard dog as well.

However, official recognition came much later, only in the 21st century. The breed is recognized by the Real Sociedad Canina de España, the national kennel club of Spain, since 2004. In fact, the Valencian ratter won first place in the National Dog Championship for the first time in 2011. Today they are occasionally used as working dogs to hunt rabbits, but the breed can mostly be found at homes at a companion.

Valencian Ratter General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Valencian Ratter size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Valencian Ratter weigh? Valencian Ratter weight:
Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Valencian Ratter? Valencian Ratter average weight:
Male: 15.5 pounds (7 kg), Female: 13 pounds (6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Valencian Ratter? Valencian Ratter height:
Male: 13–15 inches (32–39 cm), Female: 12–15 inches (30–37 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Valencian Ratter average height:
Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)

Valencian Ratter Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Valencian Ratter have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Valencian Ratter's coat?
TricolorBlack & TanBrown & TanBrown & White
Grooming
How to groom the Valencian Ratter and how often?
Easy to groom: The Valencian Ratter 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. Valencian Ratter 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 Valencian Ratter dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Gos Rater Valencia? Valencian Ratter shedding level:
Valencian Ratters shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Valencian Ratter Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Valencian Ratter have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IntelligentAlertGentleActiveFast
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Valencian Ratter? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Valencian Ratter's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Valencian Ratter dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Valencian Ratters 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?
Valencian Ratters, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Valencian Ratter sensitivity:
Valencian Ratters have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Valencian Ratters are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gos Rater Valencia need? Valencian Ratter social needs:
Valencian Ratters are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Valencian Ratter dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Ratera Valencia bark?
Average to high: The Valencian Ratter is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Valencian Ratter good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Valencian Ratters are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Valencian Ratters will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Valencian Ratter dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Valencian Ratters strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Valencian Ratter bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Gos Rater Valencia? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Valencian Ratter? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Valencian Ratter 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 Valencian Ratter do?
Valencian Ratters have an average 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 Valencian Ratters need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Valencian Ratter to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Valencian Ratter roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Valencian Ratter is strong enough to escape from home. They have 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.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Valencian Ratter have high prey drive?
Valencian Ratters 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 Valencian Ratter dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Valencian Ratter good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Lakásbarát kutya Valencian Ratter fajta. Legjobb, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, , így komfortosan megoldható Valencian Ratter tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Valencian Ratters adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Valencian Ratters 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 Valencian Ratter dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Valencian Ratter Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Valencian Ratter temperament with other people:
Valencian Ratters are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Valencian Ratter dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Valencian Ratter temperament with children:
Valencian Ratters are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Valencian Ratter dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Valencian Ratters are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Valencian Ratter good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Valencian Ratter dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Valencian Ratters are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Valencian Ratter can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Valencian Ratters good office dogs? Do Valencian Ratters make good office friendly dogs? Can Valencian Ratters be office dogs?
No
Valencian Ratter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Valencian Ratter dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Gos Rater Valencia temperament with senior people? Are Valencian Ratter dogs good for elderly owners?
Valencian Ratters are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Valencian Ratter dogs get along with other pets? Are Valencian Ratter dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Valencian Ratters do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Valencian Ratter breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Valencian Ratters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Valencian Ratter be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
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). Valencian Ratter is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Valencian Ratter be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Valencian Ratter be an emotional support animal?
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. Valencian Ratter is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Valencian Ratter 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. Valencian Ratter is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Valencian Ratter 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 Valencian Ratter is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Valencian Ratter be a boat dog?
Not really
Valencian Ratter breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Valencian Ratter 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. Valencian Ratter is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Valencian Ratter Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Valencian Ratter dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Valencian Ratter rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Valencian Ratter dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Valencian Ratter be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Valencian Ratter breed hypoallergenic?
No
Valencian Ratters 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 Valencian Ratter have? What is the activity level of the Valencian Ratter?
Valencian Ratters are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Valencian Ratter dogs require per day?
Valencian Ratters have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Valencian Ratters don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Valencian Ratter need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Valencian Ratter risk for obesity:
Average. The Valencian Ratter has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. 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 gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Valencian Ratter'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?
Medium
The Valencian Ratter has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Valencian Ratter drool?
The Valencian Ratter is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Valencian Ratter could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Valencian Ratter. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Valencian Ratter 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 Valencian Ratter: 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 female 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 female’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 Valencian Ratter 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 Valencian Ratter have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

Valencian Ratter Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Valencian Ratter's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Lakásbarát kutya Valencian Ratter fajta.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Valencian Ratter doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Valencian Ratter is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Valencian Ratters are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Valencian Ratters are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Valencian Ratters are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Valencian Ratters are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Valencian Ratters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Valencian Ratters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Valencian Ratter is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Valencian Ratters 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Valencian Ratters are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Valencian Ratter is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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