Ratonero Valenciano (Bodeguero Valenciano dog)

It is the terror of rodents, small, country, cheerful, daring and very intelligent. The Gos Rater Valencia (or Bodeguero Valenciano dog) is as its name suggests, originally from Valencia (Spain).

Besides being a great hunter because of its obsession for small furry prey, it is a great companion for everyday adventures. If you want to know more about this funny breed, we invite you to read on.

Characteristics of the Bodeguero Valenciano

Small in size and with lots and lots of energy, the Valencian Buzzard is very similar to the Andalusian Bodeguero, although we can highlight some important differences between both breeds. Let’s take a look at the details of this little treasure of Valencia.

  • Height: Males range between 30 and 40 cm and females between 29 and 38 cm.
  • Weight: Both males and females weigh between 4 and 8 kg.
  • Coat: Fine and short, tricolor coat of black and tan with white patches.
  • Character: Lively and cheerful, although a little nervous. Suitable for hunting and companionship.
  • Health: Robust and rustic, with no known genetic problems.
  • Life span: Between 12 and 14 years.
Ratonero Valenciano (Bodeguero Valenciano dog)

Where does the breed come from?

The Valencian Bodeguero dog or Gos Rater Valencià due to its Levantine origin, began to conquer the Valencian market gardeners and farmers because it kept the stables and cellars clean of rats and also alerted them of the proximity of intruders.

In addition, they sometimes used the small prey (generally rats and water mice, rice mice, rabbits or vermin) that they hunted to add to the paellas when there was a time of scarcity in the riparian environments of the Valencian Albufera.

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As for its origin, there are several theories that could explain the appearance of this breed. The most widely held belief is that dogs native to the Valencian Community were crossed with English terriers such as the Fox Terrier or the Toy Terrier.

In spite of this, the experts in this breed do not give much credit to this theory because the presence of English dogs in those times in the Levantine coast was not so influential as to collaborate in the creation of a canine breed. In addition, the Gos Rater Valencià is not a dog of the Fox type – fox hunter, nor Terrier – expert dog of hunting in burrows.

Ratonero Valenciano (Bodeguero Valenciano dog)

Other theories take refuge in the fact that it was a breed imported from the great Egyptian pharaohs and even that it is related to the well-known Ratonero Mallorquín, typical of the Balearic Islands. What has not been clarified is where the breed comes from, how it has evolved and how it has become what it is today.

What is the Bodeguero Valenciano like?

The Ratonero Valenciano, as it is also known, has many similarities in its lines with the Ratonero or Bodeguero Andaluz, so that it can be easy to confuse them. In spite of this, the Ratonero Valenciano is smaller in size and taller than the Bodeguero Andaluz.

Its head is somewhat more stylized and its ears do not have the general folding at the tips that the Bodeguero Andaluz has. The colors are practically similar, as is the feel of the coat and the character.

The Rater Valencià is a small sized, athletic dog with a well developed musculature. It has a narrow face and erect, triangular, high set ears.

Most dogs usually have their tails docked, although some keep the first vertebrae. It can be of many colors, but tricolors abound.

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Ratonero Valenciano (Bodeguero Valenciano dog)

Morphology of the breed

Its general appearance is small and ellipometric (its weight is below normal). Its head is well proportioned with respect to the body. It has parallel skull-facial axes and a marked fronto-nasal depression.

His face is narrow with a small black nose. The lips are thin and the labial commissure is not too marked. The eyes, generally, are medium-sized, oval and slightly protruding of a brown color.

Its ears are erect, about 10 cm, triangular in shape and set high on the head. It has a cylindrical neck, vigorous and agile, with developed musculature and no dewlap.

The trunk of the Bodeguero Valenciano is quadrangular in appearance, with firm and well marked musculature. It has a straight dorsal-lumbar line and a short, slightly sloping croup. His chest is broad, muscular and strong with an arched ribcage and a tucked up belly.

The tail is usually docked, some of them keeping the first vertebra. It is important to emphasize that this is a cruel and unnecessary practice, which seriously harms the socialization of the animal because it prevents it from using the tail as a method of communication, in addition to possible health reasons. Likewise, the amputation of tails and ears is prohibited in many countries.

As for its limbs, the forelimbs are very muscular and plumb, with straight and parallel legs. The hind limbs are also very powerful and have very marked angulations. They are characterized by a great musculation that enables them to jump long distances.

Temperament of the Valencian Bodeguero

Its character stands out for being very cheerful, always attentive to what is happening around it, so it has always been a great barking dog when it should be, warning of the arrival or proximity of an intruder.

Ratonero Valenciano (Bodeguero Valenciano dog)

He does not like strangers so he is suspicious of them. However, with his family he shows a lot of affection and willingness to please. The Ratonero Valenciano is cheerful, active, brave, daring, very intelligent and somewhat nervous.

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He is a faithful dog, affectionate and very attached to his owner, but distrustful with strangers. He is always alert and aware of what is going on around him, watching out for any rodent or vermin.

Advice: It is a barking dog, so it is advisable to educate it from an early age so that it does not become annoying.

Coexistence and education

As it is a rather nervous and active breed, the Ratonero Valenciano needs to have very active owners who will help him to unload all his energy.

It is advisable to make several trips to the countryside with him so that he can run at his leisure and to provide him with intense daily play sessions, so they are usually seen a lot in Agility trials (he is a quick-witted dog that learns quickly) since his skills between speed, agility and docility, make him an excellent competitor.

This, in addition, will keep them very motivated mentally. They do not tolerate loneliness, so they prefer to be in the company of the family. In addition, they are guard dogs because of their ability to warn by barking.

They are excellent playmates for children. Its care is very simple because it is a dog that does not leave much hair. It will be necessary to take care, as in all breeds, of the eyes, nose, mouth, paws and ears.

How is his health?

There is no known disease typical of the breed and generally, the Valencian buzzards are very strong dogs, with an iron health.

However, as they have a short and sparse coat, we have to be careful in cold weather, as our animal will be more exposed to suffer hypothermia.

Ratonero Valenciano (Bodeguero Valenciano dog)
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