Ratshi Terriers: A Complete Guide

These little teacup-sized dogs are great for people who live in small apartments.

They don’t grow any larger than about 10 lb and aren’t taller than about 10 inches which means that they can pretty much fit in your arms.

If you’re just looking for a small cuddly little Terrier to hang out around the house with, then this is a dog for you. They are a combination breed of the American Rat Terrier and the Shih Tzu.

When combined you get a tiny little fluff ball with a sense of regal entitlement.

Happy Ratshi Terrier
The Ratshi Terrier is a lovely breed.

American Rat Terrier is known for its quick wits high energy and voracious appetite.

They became popular in America in the early 1900s when big cities we’re experiencing unprecedented rat infestation.

These little Terriers are released into city warehouses and large apartment buildings.

There was one particular story where a single rat Terrier was able to clear an entire warehouse of over 2500 rats.

Needless to say, these little animals have a fearsome reputation.

The Shih Tzu breed, on the other hand, has a reputation for being the companion of Kings.

Ancient Chinese Emperors used to hold them in high esteem and believe that they were holy dogs. They would stick by their master’s side no matter what.

When you combine these two breeds, you get a dog that has a feisty attitude, but who also knows how to be a good companion to anybody.

They are a great dog for somebody who is living by themselves in a small place.

Ratshi Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

Although this dog looks very cute and you may want to take them home straight away, there are some things you need to know beforehand.

Their temperamental demeanor means that they are not a good option if you have other pets or loud children around.

Let’s take a look at some of the features you may need to know.

What Price are Ratshi Terrier Puppies?

An average Ratshi Terrier will cost you right around $800 give or take.

It might seem counterintuitive that a dog as small as this should cost that much, but when you take into account that they are bread using a Shih Tzu, it makes sense.

Shih Tzus are known for being incredibly expensive and can cost over $1,000 apiece. This is the money that the breeder is putting into every single Ratshi Terrier that he breeds.

If you find a bargain that’s too good to be true for one of these dogs, then it’s probably not an authentic Ratshi.

How to Find Reputable Ratshi Terrier Breeders?

These dogs are rather uncommon. As a result, they can be hard to find outside of specialized breeders.

You will need to look long and hard to find one of these little dogs. When you do find one, make sure that it is an actual Ratshi Terrier.

There are a couple of other small Terriers that look just like this dog but in reality, are not.

This means that it would be relatively easy for a dishonest breeder to tell you that a dog is something that is not.

The only reason you should be paying $800 for one of these dogs is if it has been directly bred from the expensive Shih Tzu.

3 Little-known facts about Ratshi Terrier puppies

  1. These dogs are fierce and temperamental. Once they are full-grown, they are very defensive of their territory. They do not play well with others.
  2. They love to take advantage of the natural human warmth. They will often try to sneak into bed with you when you aren’t looking and curl up by your pillow.
  3. Despite their fierce demeanor, if they are trained well at an early age, then they can be incredibly warm and friendly dogs.

Physical Traits of the Ratshi Terrier

This dog has the body of its ancestral Rat Terrier. Its body is long and lean, and its legs are made to match.

Even though it is a small dog, it can still run around at a quick clip and loves to chase around small bugs or even a toy that it finds rolling across its path.

These dogs have the face of a Shih Tzu, however. They have narrow, understanding eyes, and a very expressive face.

The long Tufts of hair that cover their face give them incredibly expressive eyebrows and sometimes these dogs have even been known to smile.

Goofy Ratshi Terrier
The Ratshi Terrier likes being brushed.

The Ratshi Terrier has a great variety when it comes to fur color.

The most common color is a light brown or cream color, but they have been known to have colors ranging from blue, red, sable, silver, black, fawn, and even brindle.

While it is hard to predict what color of coat that your dog will have, a good indicator is to look at the fur coats of its parents.

One thing to keep in mind with this dog is that it will need to be often groomed.

They have very long hair which they inherit from their Shih Tzu ancestry,  and it can often become tangled up with dirt and debris.

Some owners even recommend daily brushing depending on how clean your dog is.

How Big is a Full-Grown Ratshi Terrier?

Most Ratshi Terriers will never exceed more than 20 lb in weight. This makes them very small and also makes them a great option for individuals who live in a tiny apartment.

They are usually quite happy and small spaces and will sometimes find a small box or a cabinet to hide end when they don’t want to be around people.

Looking at their heights, most of these dogs will never be taller than 10 to 12 inches off the ground. This makes them experts at finding small hiding places because they can fit just about anywhere.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Ratshi Terrier?

These little dogs have a surprisingly long life expectancy. They can be expected to live between 14 and 19 years.

This is partly because they live relatively safe lives and prefer to stay indoors and away from dangerous activities, and it is also because both of the parent breeds are from healthy stock.

If you don’t like having to lose your pets, then these are a great option for you.

These dogs can easily spend two decades with you during which time you will develop a close and amicable relationship.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Ratshi Terrier

This dog has a very temperamental attitude. It does not like to be bothered in the slightest. If it is bothered, it will often growl or snap.

This means that it is not a good dog to have around children or a large family.

They also do not like being around a lot of strangers, so if you are going to have a house party, make sure that you have at least one room in the house where your Ratshi Terrier can safely hideout.

They have a very expressive personality, however. This is due to the facial features that they inherit from the Shih Tzu. Their eyebrows are incredibly expressive as are there mouths.

If they want an extra treat, then they will usually raise one eyebrow to give their neck a small twist and stare at you with adorable puppy eyes. If they are irritated, then you can find them glaring at you.

Despite their abrasive attitude, these dogs are quite loving. They do best in households where they are being cared for by only one or two people.

The dog will care for these people more than anybody else in the world and will be very affectionate towards them.

The Ratshi Terrier’s Diet

These little dogs only eat about 1 cup of food per day, and sometimes less. It’s best to feed them in the morning and then again in the late afternoon or the night time.

If they have been extra active and have been running outside a whole lot, then it is okay to give them a little bit more for that particular day.

As with any other dog, it is important not to overfeed them.

Ratshi Terrier gazing at camera
The Ratshi Terrier doesn’t like being in a crowd.

How Much Exercise Does a Ratshi Terrier Need?

These dogs need a moderate amount of exercise.

The Rat Terrier requires a lot of exercise whereas the Shih Tzu is a relatively low energy breed, so the combination of these two results and a dog that only needs about 30 minutes worth of exercise every day.

These dogs do not enjoy the cold, so they will be much less active during the winter months, and may only get out for a total of 5 or 10 minutes at a time.

During the summer months, however, they will be a lot more active, and if allowed they will even stay outside for hours.

Ratshi Terrier Health and Conditions

While these dogs are fairly healthy, in their later life, they can develop Hip and Elbow Dysplasia due to their long legs. This will result in them being less active over time.

If you notice that your dog is walking with a painful limp or prefers to lay around all day, then it could be a sign that they are suffering from Dysplasia.

Often this is treated with steroids that you can get from the vet’s office.

Final Thoughts on the Ratshi TerrierRatshi Terrier guide

If you’re single or you live in a small household, then this dog is perfect for you.

It does not need an excessive amount of attention and is perfectly fine being left at home for the afternoon while you are away at work or school.

They are very self-sufficient.

If you have kids, however, then you should think twice about this dog.

While they can get along well with kids if they are exposed to them from puppyhood, they usually do not like to be annoyed and enjoy their free space which kids are not very good at giving.

Overall, though, these dogs are very affectionate towards their household members and are perfectly happy in a smaller environment.

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