Ratese: A Complete Guide

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The Ratese is a unique crossbreed and is a fairly modern concoction. It is said to have appeared in the 90s and has been growing in popularity ever since.

While there isn’t much information about the history behind breeding this hybrid, it does come from a rich line of ancestry.

The American Rat Terrier was first bred on American farms in the 1800s. It was primarily used to hunt rodents on the farm, hence where it got its name.

It would hunt them fast on the ground, and even dig underground as they were incredibly dedicated canines.

They have also been renowned as watchdogs, due to their confidence and high alert nature.

The Maltese originated in Malta around 500 B.C. It has been said that the dogs had healing powers during this time, but so far the only power we’ve seen is a cunning cuteness.

They are regarded as one of the most popular lap dogs in the United States.

The Ratese, inheriting the courageousness of the American Rat Terrier, and the cuteness of the Maltese, makes for a pretty damn good companion.

However, dogs are never an easy thing to prepare for in your life.

There’s a slew of things you need to prepare and organize for this to be a positive experience.

Dogs are known as ‘man’s best friend’ for a reason, but we also have to be a best friend to dogs as well.

To help you prepare for dog ownership, I have constructed this guide on the vital information regarding the Ratese.

I will detail all its traits, both physical and behavioral, as well as various other factors like life expectancy and costs.

After reading this, you will be prepared to love, own and nurture the ever amazing Ratese. If this sounds like the ideal companion for you, keep on reading to learn more.

Ratese: Before You Buy

Ratese looking tired
The Ratese looks a bit shy.

As you probably already know, purchasing a dog is no easy process. Each breed differs, and you need to demonstrate that you are going to be a dedicated, loving owner at all times.

These creatures cannot be neglected, and need love at all times.

So in order to be completely ready for bringing the Ratese into your home, there are a few things you need to truly determine. These things include:

– The space in your household. The Ratese is small and can live in both houses and apartments, but it’s going to need a dedicated resting area, as well as space to play.

– Your time. You need to allocate times in which you can truly dedicate yourself to socializing the dog. If there’s a family member at home most of the time, this isn’t as stressful.

– Colour

– Gender

– Spaying/neutering preference.

How much does a Ratese cost?

Before you can even bring the Ratese home, you need to analyze if you can truly afford it. Budget is a defining factor for all types of dog owners.

Whether you’re an aspiring owner or veteran, the price tag can make or break if you can buy the dog or not.

The Ratese, while not the cheapest of dogs, tends to be pretty cost affordable as a small breed.

You’re going to be looking at spending around $400-$500 each from a reputable breeder, which is cheaper than the $700-$800 price tags attached to both the American Rat Terrier and Maltese.

If you’re looking to adopt, you’ll most likely find it cheaper, but expect a $175 adoption fee from most shelters.

How do I find a reputable breeder?

Finding a reputable breeder can be a difficult process. With so many breeders out there today, it’s hard to determine who is ethical, and who is running a puppy mill.

Luckily, thanks to today’s technology and information, we know a little more about assessing breeders. By paying close attention to how they act, we can determine their professionalism.

To make this process easier, try asking friends, family or around the neighborhood for any recommendations and word of mouth.

A breeder should:

  • Have a space that is clean and safe for the dogs to be kept until purchase.
  • Begin socializing the dogs early to ensure comfort when settling into a household.
  • Have a large amount of knowledge and information on the Ratese, as well as its parent breeds.
  • Assist you with any questions, information, equipment. Make sure to get the breeder’s contact number if you need any further help.

3 little-known facts about the Ratese

  1. Its parent breed, the American Rat Terrier, was highly regarded by U.S president Theodore Roosevelt, and he would keep his own in the white house.
  2. The fur of the Ratese is often multicolored.
  3. Don’t let its small size fool you; the Ratese is incredibly active.

The Physical Traits of the Ratese

Ratese puppy in hand
The Ratese is an excellent guard dog.

Like every other crossbreed, the Ratese can have physical features that vary throughout each different puppy. It can appear as a unique canine, or it can resemble one of its parent breeds.

Whether it appears more like an American Rat Terrier, Maltese or a complete hybrid of the two really depends on the genetic makeup of each puppy.

One common thing amongst all Ratese is that they can appear almost every color, with their coat often being multicolored.

Their long, silky coat is often either a brown, white, yellow, red, blue, black, grey or complete fusion of these.

Their eyes are oval-shaped and rich, with colors that spawn brown, hazel and blue. They have a small, sturdy body with a broad chest and a tail that is constantly wagging.

How big is a full-grown Ratese?

The Ratese is known as a toy-sized breed, and its size shows that in every type of way. In terms of length, the Ratese grows between 8-12 inches, putting it into lap dog territory.

In comparison, the Maltese ranges between 6-9 inches, and the American Rat Terrier grows up 18 inches.

In terms of weight, the Ratese is quite a light dog that results in it being fast on its feet. It can grow anywhere up to 20lbs in mass, with 15 being the minimum.

When it comes to the genders, the male is generally larger than the female.

What is the life expectancy of the Ratese?

The lifespan of the Ratese is estimated to be much longer than that of smaller breeds, with it living anywhere between 13-18 years long.

In comparison, the Maltese live anywhere between 13-15 years long, and the American Rat Terrier lives 15-18 years long.

However, try not to focus too many estimations with your dog. You need to analyze its health or any symptoms of illness at all times, as these things can decrease life expectancy.

Temperament, Personality and Life Expectancy of the Ratese

Ratese on car seat
The Ratese can be brown, white, yellow, red, blue, black, or grey.

The Ratese is an incredibly friendly dog. However, it does need to be properly socialized and trained.

It weary of small children and strangers, so you will need to kickstart training from the early days for them to warm up to people.

On the plus side, their protectiveness and high alert nature make for them being a great guard dog.

To train this dog efficiently, it is important to use tactics like positive reinforcement, as it does not respond to aggression.

The Ratese tends to do well with a variety of different animals, but does like to the center of attention always.

It is also important to supervise them around smaller pets such as rabbits or rodents, as they do have an intense hunting instinct.

What are the dietary requirements of the Ratese?

The Ratese doesn’t consume more or less than its small breed counterparts. It is estimated that the Ratese will consume around 1 small bowl of food daily, which will cost $20-$30 a month.

Unlike other small dogs, the Ratese loves meat. If you can provide it with finely chopped beef, chicken, and other assorted dog meats, it will be incredibly pleased.

It is of course also important to sprinkle foods such as kibble and dry dog foods throughout the regime, for the added nutrients.

Try not to feed the Ratese large chunks of food, as it will find it hard to consume. It is also important not to overfeed a dog, as it can become sick and stack on the weight rapidly.

How much exercise does the Ratese need?

For a small dog, the Ratese craves a high amount of vigorous activity. It is estimated that you should treat it to 90 minutes of high-octane activity per day, and around 10 miles of weekly walking.

Popular activities to conduct with the Ratese include games like frisbee and fetch, for it to get its blood pumping and its mind working.

It will also love long walks and jogs. To stimulate it mentally, try things like agility trials as well.

Health concerns and conditions of the Ratese

Health concerns include:

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At the end of the day, the Ratese is an awesome dog.

If you have the time to train and exercise with this dog, it will make an ideal companion.

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