Ratshi Terrier

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

Origin
U.S.A. <> Tibet -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Ratshi Terrier

The Ratshi Terrier is a mix of two toy dogs, the Rat Terrier and the Shih Tzu. They generally weigh between 4.5 and 9 kilos and measure around 20.5 to 30.5 centimeters high at the shoulders when fully grown. Because of their small size, they make excellent pets for those living in a small house or apartment. Although they make good family dogs, they do best in a home without young children, as they can be lively when annoyed or teased. Although they are an intelligent breed, Ratshi Terriers can take longer to train as they are a little stubborn.

History of the Ratshi Terrier

Because designer hybrids like the Ratshi Terrier haven't been around long, it's best to look at the parents' backgrounds.

 

        

A little of the Rat Terrier

        
The Rat Terrier originated in the USA in the 1800s when breeders crossed the Manchester Terrier, English White Terrier, Bull Terrier, Greyhound, Beagle and Whippet to create a small hunting dog. Their aim was to create a rat terrier for their farms that could hunt vermin above and below ground, and they were so talented that they became the most common farm dog in America. Soon, the Rat Terrier became a pet and guard dog once owners discovered their kindness and courageous loyalty. US President Teddy Roosevelt had several of these dogs when he was in the White House, and they were nicknamed Teddy's Terriers. Although they seemed to be popular, they were not accepted by the American Kennel Club until 2013.
Presentation of the Rat Terrier

 

        

A little of the Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu has been a royal companion of the Chinese since around 700 AD, during the Tang dynasty. Believed to be a mix of Pekingese, Tibetan Mountain Dog and Lhassa Apso, they were bred as pets. The breed came close to extinction during the Chinese Revolution, when only 14 remained, seven males and seven females. They became more popular as they began to spread throughout the country, but the breed became mixed with the Lhassa Apso and they were thought to be the same breed until the 1930s, when the breed standard was developed. Today, they are the 20th most popular breed in America, where they were accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1969.
Standard of the Shih Tzu

Appearance of the Ratshi Terrier

The Ratshi Terrier is a small, designer breed with medium to long, dense, stiff hair that can come in a variety of colors. such as white, gray, silver, beige, chocolate, black, piebald, heather, pinto, blue, merle, red, brindle and sable. They are rarely a single color, usually tricolored or spotted. The Ratshi Terrier is a short, compact dog with small feet, big paws and a medium-length tail that curls over the back. They usually have drooping, hairy ears, round brown eyes, a black nose and a brachycephalic muzzle. You should therefore have your dog checked for brachycephalic syndrome, which is a respiratory condition.

Temperament of the Ratshi Terrier

Although Ratshi Terriers love to play, they are not very good with young children, as they tend to bite or nip when frightened or nervous. They may bark often when they think there's a threat or just when they want your attention. Ratshi Terriers love to play with balls and learn new tricks, and although they're very intelligent, they can be difficult to potty train. Positive reinforcement and perseverance pay off in the long run, but other Ratshi Terrier owners opt for obedience training or puppy pads. They can also be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Needs and activities of the Ratshi Terrier

The Ratshi Terrier needs at least 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day to avoid boredom and worry. Dogs that don't get enough exercise can develop behavioral problems such as excessive barking, scratching or chewing on objects. Some good activities to do with your Ratshi Terrier are hiking, brisk walking around the block, visiting the neighborhood park, swimming, socializing with other dogs at the dog park and even playing with his favorite ball. Because the Ratshi Terrier is so small, he can exercise and play indoors in bad weather, but he still needs to be taken out once or twice a day.

Maintenance of the Ratshi Terrier

The Ratshi Terrier's thick coat requires you to brush your dog at least five or six times a week. The best brush to use is a pincushion or stiff bristle brush and a stainless steel comb to reach hard-to-reach areas. You may also need to use a detangler to prevent your dog's hair from tangling. The Ratshi Terrier coat should also be bathed with a conditioning shampoo and detangling cream rinse to prevent their fur from matting too much. When bathing your dog, be sure to wipe his ears as well. Check the length of his nails several times a month and give them a good nip. Brush his teeth two or three times a week.

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