Valencian Ratter

USD $1200 - $1500 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 219
Origin Spain
Other Names Gos Rater Valencia, Ratera Valencia, Valencian Rat Hunting Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1200 - $1500
How much does a Valencian Ratter cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $1200 to $1500 on your Valencian Ratter if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Valencian Ratter from a shelter.
Size Small
Weight Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg),
Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Height Male: 13–15 inches (32–39 cm),
Female: 12–15 inches (30–37 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin 18th century
Ancestry Spanish

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense
Coat Colors Black & Tan, Brown & Tan, Brown & White, Tricolor
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Amber, Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Liver, Red, Blue
Coat Color Possibilities Negre, Marró, Gris, Blat, Atigrat, Roig, Tigrat, Blau, Caneló, Crema
Coat Length Short
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Short and smooth.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming scissors.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Alert, Delicate, Fast, Gentle, Intelligent, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 2-3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Cups Per Day 1/4 cup
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost The cost of a Valencian Ratter dog can vary depending on the breeder, but typically ranges from $500 to $1,500.


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Valencian Ratter have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-7 puppies (Once a year.)


The Valencian Ratter is a small, energetic breed of dog that originated in Spain. It is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Rat Terrier, and it has become increasingly popular as a companion pet. The Valencian Ratter has an alert and lively personality, making it an ideal choice for those looking for an active pet.

Appearance: The Valencian Ratter has a short coat that can be either smooth or wiry in texture. Its coat colors range from black to white, with shades of brown and tan also being common. The breed typically has large ears that stand erect on its head, along with dark eyes and a long muzzle.

Lifespan, Size, Weight: The average lifespan of the Valencian Ratter is 12-15 years. It typically weighs between 8-12 pounds (3-5 kg) and stands at 10-14 inches (25-35 cm) tall at the shoulder.

Colors: As mentioned above, the Valencian Ratter comes in various colors including black, white, browns and tans.

Personality: This breed is known for its alertness and liveliness; they are very intelligent dogs who love to play games such as fetch or tug of war with their owners. They are also very loyal companions who will bond closely with their owners if given enough attention and exercise on a regular basis.

Friendliness: The Valencian Ratter is generally friendly towards other dogs as well as children when properly socialized from an early age; however they may be wary of strangers due to their protective nature towards their family members or territory. They can also get along well with other animals if introduced slowly over time; however they may not be suitable for households with cats due to their strong prey drive instinct which could lead them to chase after smaller animals such as cats or rodents if not properly trained from an early age not to do so.

Temperament: This breed tends to have a calm temperament when indoors but can become quite active outdoors; they need plenty of exercise on a daily basis in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally which includes regular walks or runs around the neighborhood or park area where allowed by local laws/regulations . Additionally they require mental stimulation through interactive activities such as puzzle toys or training sessions in order for them to remain contented throughout the day while indoors without becoming destructive out of boredom which could lead them into trouble if left unchecked by their owners/guardians .

Health: Generally speaking this breed does not suffer from any major health issues but like all breeds there are some minor health concerns that should be monitored closely by your veterinarian such as hip dysplasia , eye problems , allergies , skin conditions , etc . Additionally it’s important that you feed your dog high quality food appropriate for its size/weight along with providing plenty of fresh water throughout each day in order keep them healthy overall .

Adaptability Level & Benefits : Due to its small size this breed does well living inside apartments provided it gets enough exercise each day ; additionally since it’s highly intelligent it can learn quickly how obey commands given by its owner/guardians making it easier manage overall . Furthermore since this breed loves spending time playing games interacting with people makes great choice those looking companion pet who will always bring joy into home no matter what situation may arise .


The Valencian Ratter is a small, rat-catching dog that originated in Valencia, Spain. The breed is also known as the Perro de Ratas de Valencia, the Ratonero Bodeguero Valenciano, and the Xarnego Valenciano. The Valencian Ratter is a descendant of the Terrier and Pinscher-type dogs brought to Spain by Phoenician traders. These dogs were used to control the rat population in the city of Valencia and were prized for their ability to kill rats quickly and efficiently.

The Valencian Ratter was once a very common breed in Spain but began to decline in popularity in the early 1900s. This was due to a number of factors, including the introduction of more effective rat-killing products and the rise of other breeds of rat-catching dogs such as the Jack Russell Terrier. By the mid-1900s, the Valencian Ratter was on the brink of extinction.

In recent years, however, there has been a resurgence in interest in the breed and it is now once again becoming popular in Spain. This is thanks to dedicated breeders who have worked hard to preserve the breed and promote its unique qualities. The Valencian Ratter is now recognized by several major kennel clubs including the Kennel Club (UK) and the American Kennel Club (USA).

The Ancestry of the Valencian Ratter dog includes: Terrier, Pinscher-type dogs