The Rat-cha is a very popular cross between two other famous breeds –Rat Terrier and Chihuahua. These are frisky and kittenish dogs that demand very little care. All they need is love and affection from its family. By characteristics, they are small like their parents and often get the face of the Chihuahua.
Rat-chas usually have a short coat, but some individuals might inherit the long hair from the Rat Terrier. They have alert, roundish eyes, small but strong legs, a black nose, and a long tail. The ears might either be bent or pointy, depending upon their genes.
|Also known as||Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mix, Rat-Chi, RatChi|
|Coat||Soft, short, straight|
|Colors||Black, Brown, Tan, Golden, Brindle, White, Cream|
|Type||Toy dog, Terrier dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||13 to 18 years (average: 15)|
|Height (size)||Small; 12-18 inches|
|Weight||12-15 pounds (full grown adults)|
|Litter Size||1-4 puppies|
|Personality Traits||Loving, intelligent, energetic, loyal, possessive|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Usually (except for larger dogs)|
|Climate Compatibility||Not good for cold climate|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||IDCR, ACHC, DDKC, DRA|
The Rat-chi was introduced for the very first time in the 1990s, and since then, it has often been claimed as the ‘best’ designer dog.
The Ratchas are affectionate and mostly long for attention. These intelligent dogs, yearn for human touch, sleeping on their masters’ laps, or trying to dig a burrow on the bed, and cuddle closely.
These are loyal dogs, very much like their Rat Terrier parents, and continue to be, provided there is nothing constantly threatening or intimidating from the end of its owner or his family.
The RatChas are not true Terriers, though they can exhibit similar disposition, including suspicion towards strangers, and other dogs at large, very much like their Chihuahua parents. Because of their small size, they might have a hard time interacting with bigger dogs, or coming close to them.
Despite being playful, it is because of their inherent suspicious and outwardly nature that these miniature canines are not much comfortable with kids. Hence, it is recommended to keep younger kids away from them, since the boisterous nature and the rough play of your children might get into your dog’s nerves.
When it comes to things they own – be it their toys or their territory (owner’s house) – they can be possessive, or even over-protective, and end in alarming their owners about what they like and what they don’t.
Also remember, care must be taken while you pick up these small dogs.
Schedule for meals that consist of highly nutritious dog food. The quantity is similar to dog breeds of its size and energy levels.