Portraits of popular breeds in our country and abroad: Prague Ratter

The Prague Ratter, also known as "libeňský srneček" (Libeň roe), is the smallest and oldest Czech breed. This little dog is very temperamental. He is a very lively and devoted companion.

The Prague Ratter is a very old breed known since the Middle Ages. There are records of dogs with a similar appearance from as early as the 8th century. The Ratter quickly abandoned his role of rat catcher and became a companion to burghers and monarchs. He often appeared at feasts at Prague Castle, or was given as a sign of friendship and respect. At the time, and even today, the Prague Ratter was referred to as "ratlík" from the German word rattler (rat catcher). 

The German Miniature Pinscher replaced the Prague Ratter in the 19th century, and the Ratter began to sink into oblivion. This changed in the 20th century, when Czech cynologists decided to restore this national breed. Although it is still mostly popular in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, this year it has been recognized as a breed by the Federation Cynologique Internationale FCI and its popularity is spreading to other countries.

I don't need to describe what the Ratter looks like. It looks like a miniature elegant Dobermann with a height of about 20 cm. It has a compact body structure and a pear-shaped head with round eyes and relatively large ears. It is most often black or brown and tan.

Its size makes it an ideal city dog. This is supported by the fact that it behaves calmly in apartments and is not excessively barky compared to many other small breeds. However, it's not a "handbag" dog. It's a lively little dog that needs lots of fun and exercise. He likes being outdoors and loves nature. He is good at agility and freestyle sports, but he will also do well in obedience exercises. Watch out for the squirrels when you go for a walk, he still has hunting instincts! He tolerates the company of other animals well and is a good companion to children, with which he has a great time. 

In terms of care, you don't need to do much for the Ratter. His coat is basically maintenance free, he just needs some clothing in winter. You must also watch out for his ears in winter as they may freeze. Other than that, it's a strong dog that is not prone to congenital diseases. 

This dog has a wonderful nature. Obedience and devotion are in his blood, and he's a cheerful and playful companion, but he needs lots of stimulation so he's not bored. He is not aggressive by nature, but he is careful around strangers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you hear him bark, he probably has a good reason to do so.

If you have a Prague Ratter at home, you will surely agree that you and your children could not have wished for a better friend to take anywhere with you.


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