Breed group : Terrier, Toy
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GENERALBreed group: Terrier, Toy Type: Hybrid
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 6 - 20 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 13 - 18 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Rat-Cha is a cross between the American Rat Terrier and the Chihuahua. While the American Rat Terrier is now a relatively uncommon breed, the Chihuahua is popular as a "purse" pet and features in popular culture. A small dog, the Rat-Cha is used to indoor living and being in close proximity with its owner. Terrier-like qualities such as fearlessness and self-possession cna be found in the Chihuahua, although there are only a few "knowns" about the breed, such as its place of origin (state of Chihuahua in Mexico). The American Rat Terrier, closely identified with feists, is mostly found in rural southern US, where it was originally bred for vermin control. Quick and hardy, this breed soon endeared itself to its owners and became a valued family pet as well.
The Rat-Cha can come in a variety of coat colors and patterns. There is no one standard, and this is characteristic as well of the parent breeds.
The Rat-Cha can either be short-haired or long-haired. The long-haired coat can have a soft undercoat. The longer coat will actually shed less than the short one, although grooming will still be minimal for both types.
The Rat-Cha may not be a suitable pet for households with children, as it does not tolerate rough play and will be snappish. It also tends to be possessive of its toys, and can also get too attached to its owner and become over-protective. A small dog with a big personality, the Rat-Cha considers itself at par with bigger dogs, and will sometimes challenge them. In an ideal setting, however, with no elements to set it off, the Rat-Cha is a loyal and loving animal. It is always alert to changes in its surroundings, and keen on letting its owner know what it does and does not like. It often seeks out affection and human touch, and will often burrow in bed or relax on its owner's lap.
Regular brushing will be about the only maintenance needed by the Rat-Cha. In cold weather, it is not advisable to bathe often, as it is susceptible to cold.
Socialization is very important and should be started as early as possible. As a companion dog, the Rat-Cha will almost always be in the company of its owner, and will exhibit distress if not used to being left alone at times. Socialization to different places and situations will help develop the dog's confidence and shape its personality to be positive and independent.
The Rat-Cha is active indoors and very lively at times; it will not require much in terms of extra activity. Daily play and tricks will stimulate it both mentally and physically, while occasional walks will satisfy its primal instincts to roam.