Valencian Terrier

FCI standard Nº 370

Origin
Comunidad Valenciana (Spain)
Translation
Mrs. Anna Morgan ; Real Sociedad Canina de España
Official language : ES
Group
Group 3 Terriers
Section
Section 1 Large and medium sized Terriers
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a provisional basis by the FCI
Tuesday 21 June 2022
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 21 June 2022
Last update
Wednesday 14 September 2022
En français, cette race se dit
Ratier Valentien
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Ratonero Valenciano
En español, esta raza se dice
Ratonero Valenciano
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Ratonero Valenciano
In his country of origin, his name is

Ratonero Valenciano

Usage

Ancestrally dedicated to the traditional hunting of the water rat, rabbits, and moles. Besides, he is a guard dog for his capacity to warn by means of the bark. Currently, he is also companion dog.

Brief historical summary

Its origin is related to the examples of dog from the Valencian Community with similar size and characteristics that go back to the early terrier imports from Great Britain and others that looked similar. Their existence has been documented in the Valencian Community since the last third of the XIX Century and were selected and highly valued by the people in the countryside farms and fields for their instincts to warn of and hunt vermin, as well as for their loyal friendship. Their beginnings coincide with the cultivation of oranges in the community. The social culture of the zone helped to fixate certain characteristics of the breed. Other names associated with the breed are : Rateret and Fusterrier.

General appearance

Small size, light and not extremely short, variable coat dominating tricolour.

Important proportions

• Width of the skull/length of the skull: 1/1.
• Length of the muzzle/length of the skull: 4/5.
• Height at the wither/length of body: 3/4.

Behaviour / temperament

Lively, happy and active. Affectionate and faithful, reserved with strangers. Brave, not only in hunting but also in the defence of his owners’ properties. Learns fast.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Well-proportioned with respect to the body.
Skull
Cranio-facial axes parallel. 
Stop
Marked.

Facial region

Nose
Small and dark, according to coat color.
Muzzle
Narrow.
Lips
Thin, with no marked corner of the mouth.
Jaws and teeth
White, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite.
Eyes
Medium, oval and not very prominent. Iris color brown. Eyelids thin and well attached to the eye.
Ears
Upright, medium size, triangular, high set.

Neck

Cylindrical, strong, with developed muscles. Without dewlap.

Body

Body
Square appearance. Firm and well-marked muscles.
Topline
Straight.
Withers
Little pronounced, at the same height as the croup.
Croup
Short and slightly sloping.
Chest
Wide, strong and muscled. Arched ribcage.
Underline and belly
Slightly tucked up.

Tail

Previously customarily docked, not now.
• There are tailless dogs.
• Medium insertion. Thicker at base and finer at point of tail. It is of medium length with short tight fitted coat like rest of body. It is not curled or twisted and is carried elevated during movement.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Very muscled and perfectly vertical. Straight and parallel.
Shoulders
Inclined, solid, and adequately muscular.
Upper arm
Strong and sturdy.
Elbows
Neither separated from nor too tight to the chest.
Forearm
Long and thin, but with solid bones.
Forefeet
Hare feet. Resistant nails and pads.

Hindquarters

Generality
Very muscled and perfectly vertical. Powerful, with good angulations and musculature, which contribute to his great capacity for long jumps.
Hock
Pronounced, with well-defined tendons.
Hind feet
The same as the forefeet.

Gait and movement

Fast and graceful. Quick, agile, elastic like float action with great jumping ability. Sufficient ground cover with adequate driving rear action. Efficient and without pacing. Front and rear should move parallel. Movement should give the impression of easy and effortless motion. Light on feet, floating appearance as if feet do not touch the ground.

Skin

Very thin and close to the body.

Coat

Hair
Thin and short, no longer than 2 cm.
Colour
Spotted coats dominate over the uniform ones. Among the spotted coats the most abundant is the tricolour (black-tan with white spots), followed by black-tan. It can also be seen the black-white, cinnamon-white, chocolate-tan, and chocolate-white coats. Within the solid coats colour, it can be seen in cinnamon and black. The colour of nose, lips, and eyes rimes, black or blending with coat colour.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males : 30 to 40 cm, the ideal is 36 cm. Females : 29 to 38 cm, the ideal is 33 cm.
In both sexes it is tolerated one cm if the subject is balanced.
Weight
4 to 8 kg, males and females.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Flesh colour (depigmented) nose or with depigmented spots, lack of pigmentation on lips and eye rims.
 Different proportions than described.
 Level bite.

Serious faults

 Overshot or undershort bite.
 Missing more than 2 PM.
 Not completely upright ears.
 Long and/or curly hair.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
 Any coat colour different from the standard.
 Albinism.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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