The Prague Ratter, also known as Pražský Krysařík, is considered the smallest dog breed in the world measured by its height. As the name suggests, it was initially used for hunting rats in urban and rural households. Somewhat similar in appearance with the Miniature Pinscher and the Chihuahua it is characterized by a lean body, pear-shaped head, moderately long neck, narrow, fox-like muzzle, triangular, naturally erected ears, and broad chest.
|Other Names||Prazsky Krysavik|
|Coat||Smooth, shorthaired, thick, glossy|
|Color||Brown and tan, black and tan|
|Category||Companion Dogs, Toy Dogs|
|Size of Litter||3-6 puppies|
|Temperament||Friendly, gentle, curious, alert, lively|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Czech Republic|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DRA|
Developed by the Slovaks and Czechs, the Pražský Krysařík has been a popular pet in the European royal families since the Middle Ages. The Polish ruler Boleslaw II became fond of this breed and imported two of these dogs from Bohemia. With the increase in popularity of the Miniature Pinscher during the 19th century, the Prague Ratters sharply declined in numbers.
In the 1980s, the breed was revived by an improvement in breeding programs. Today, there are about 6000 registered Prazsky Krysavik in the world. Although they are not registered by any major kennel clubs and breed organizations, they compete in dog shows in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Prague Ratter, being an active and spirited dog by nature, has been an efficient rat hunter since its origin. Known to have a tremendous preying instinct, it will readily chase small animals including squirrels, cats, mice, and rats.
It forms strong bonds with its people and loves to impress its owner with its antics, often playing the role of a lap dog. It is distrustful of strangers and can be a little aggressive or display Small Dog Syndrome if not socialized early.
Since the Prague Ratter always wants to please its owner, it responds well to training.
The Prazsky Krysavik needs to be introduced to different people and exposed to various sights and sounds when it is young. Taking your dog for a walk on a regular basis will allow it to see and meet unknown people along with their pets.
Training to perform tricks
Owing to its intelligence, the Prague Ratter can quickly acquire many impressive tricks. You may teach your dog to do the “shake hand” trick. When you introduce a fisted hand containing treats, your dog will automatically paw at your hand to get those treats. Once it continues to paw, say the command “Shake” and repeat it a few times. Your Prague Ratter will learn this new trick.
You may feed your Prague Ratter one to two cups of quality dry food, twice per day.