Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Spain
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Andalusian Mouse-Hunting Dog
Bodeguero Jerezano
Cazarratas
Fusterri
Perrillo Ratero
Perro de Cuadras
Perro Ratonero-Bodeguero Andaluz
Ratonera Andaluz
Ratonero-Bodeguero Andalusian

A brief presentation of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is sometimes called the Spanish Jack Russell because of its resemblance to the popular Jack Russell Terrier in appearance and temperament. Both breeds have Fox Terriers in their ancestry, but the Ratonero developed in southern Spain with Fox Terriers and Rattlesnakes. The result was an extremely fast and agile vermin hunter that worked well between the wine barrels stored in the vineyards that thrived in the region. They are known for their exuberant, cheerful personalities and are very affectionate and even comical at home, but focused and motivated on the hunt.

History of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

The Club Nacional del Perro Andaluz Ratonero Bodeguero, the first breed club for the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, also known as the Spanish Jack Russell, was established with a breed standard in 1993. The breed's history, however, began much earlier, when the English first visited Spain to taste their wines. The English brought with them English Smooth Fox Terriers, who then crossed them with other local dog breeds, notably dogs from the Andalusian region of southern Spain near the vineyards of Jerez de La Frontera. These dogs proved particularly adept at catching the rats and vermin that lived in the wineries, especially those living in the barrels, as the small dogs were agile and could easily move between the barrels to catch their prey. It wasn't until 2000 that the breed was recognized by the Royal Canine Society of Spain and declared a Spanish breed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and the Royal Spanish Purebred Association. It is recognized in a few small dog clubs, including the Nordic Kennel Union, and can be registered with the Dog Registry of America, but is not yet recognized by any of the big dog clubs such as the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, American Kennel Club, or United Kennel Club. These little dogs are still frequently used in Spanish wineries, but have also become very popular as pest control and family companions, especially for people living in houses built in the region's natural caves.

Appearance of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is a small to medium-sized, smooth-haired Terrier breed with a lean, athletic body, fairly square in shape for males, although female Ratoneros tend to be slightly longer. They generally have relatively small, triangular heads with flat skulls and long, straight muzzles. The obliquely set eyes of this breed can range from hazel to dark brown, but dark brown is preferred, and their ears are set high on the skull, usually standing up when the dogs are at attention, but frequently bending when at rest. The white coat of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is short and smooth, with various shades of black and tan covering the head and face. Their tails tend to be set high and carried straight; many of these dogs are born with a natural tail, while others may have their tails truncated to a quarter of their length, usually for professional purposes.

Temperament of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

The Ratonero Bodequero Andaluz is an energetic, friendly animal that tends to have a rather optimistic demeanor. They tend to get along with most people, whether familiar or not, as well as with most other dogs, but their extremely high prey drive and speed make them dangerous companions for smaller animals such as rabbits, ferrets and even some cats. They're often quite amusing and clownish when relaxing at home, but tend to be a little more reserved and well-mannered in less familiar contexts when properly socialized. This breed also tends to attract children. While it's always important to monitor interactions between dogs and children, these robust, energetic dogs are often great playmates for younger children. These dogs are also highly intelligent and tenacious, but good socialization and the introduction of basic obedience early in their lives usually help prevent this from turning into stubbornness.

Needs and activities of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

Like most Terriers, the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is a highly energetic dog with a lively mind, requiring plenty of mental and physical exercise every day. In addition to a brisk 30-60 minute walk each day, you may want to consider enrolling this dog in other activities such as barn chasing, agility training or even freestyle canine dancing. This breed is small enough to live comfortably in most apartments, and they don't tend to be overly vocal or territorial in general, but if not given enough to do, mentally and physically, they can become anxious, mischievous and even occasionally destructive.

Maintenance of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

The grooming needs of this particular breed are relatively straightforward, as they have a short, smooth coat that naturally eliminates dirt and dust. They need to be brushed with a fine brush or grooming glove once or twice a week to control their moderate shedding throughout the year to keep their coat particularly shiny and supple. Their ears should be cleaned frequently as they tend to trap dirt. If these dogs are used for their original purpose, their ears and tail should be checked daily for scratches and rodent bites. It's also important to keep an eye on the amount of food you offer this breed, as they are prone to obesity due to overfeeding.

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