The Ratshi Terrier is bred mostly for indoor living and companionship. It is a cross between a Shih Tzu and an American Rat Terrier. Despite its small size, the Ratshi Terrier can be a bundle of energy, and tends to be yappy when excited. However, it will take to the couch or the bed as well as any layabout, if permitted.
The American Rat Terrier is considered an American type of dog, and was kept in the 1920's and 30's as a ratter in rural areas.
The Shih Tzu, on the other hand, traces its roots to ancient China, and is, in fact, one of the oldest dog breeds extant. It has always been a family pet and companion dog, most notably of Chinese nobles and royalty.
The Ratshi Terrier may appear in a variety of coat colors. It may be in solids, brindled, or parti-colored.
Coat type can be short, straight, and smooth, like the Rat Terrier's, or long and shiny over a dense undercoat, like the Shih Tzu's. A compromise between the two types is also possible, where a single coat is of medium length and soft to the touch.
The Ratshi Terrier is a happy, inquisitive little dog, that believes it is a big dog. It may go up to strange dogs and challenge them, which could turn out badly, so the Ratshi Terrier needs to be leashed on walks and properly socialized if they are to live with other, bigger dogs. It is particular with being paid attention to; an ignored Ratshi Terrier is a bored and unhappy one. If, from puppyhood, it has not been exposed to short periods of absence from its owner, it may also exhibit separation anxiety, which might mean barkiness or knocked over fixtures and chewed furniture. Otherwise, the Ratshi Terrier is a lively, sometimes comic, companion, that is sensitive to its owner's moods and will readily cuddle if needed. It will not tolerate abuse, however unintentional, and will need to be supervised if there are small children around.
The longer the coat, the more care is needed to keep it tangle-free and clean. A once-a-week brushing is good enough for a short, single coat, but floor-length falls will benefit from professional or extensive grooming at least once a month. The coat can be trimmed around the paws for ease with mobility.
Early socialization and crate training are a must for the Ratshi Terrier. The puppy will be at ease and cozy in a small space, and if introduced to as many sights and sounds as possible, will not grow up timid or shy. It can be aloof with strangers, which is a plus for a good watch dog, but a well-brought up Ratshi Terrier will not be aggressive towards them or other animals.
Given that it is a small dog, a Ratshi Terrier can be played with and run around in a small space, and call it a day. Still, the instinct to walk must be followed, and a short trip around the block once a day will ensure a happy Ratshi Terrier.