A Ratonero Bodeguero is essentially a Spanish Jack Russel or wine cellar rat-hunting dog.
The Perro Bodeguero Ratonero is a medium sized dog with a very similar appearance to the Jack Russell Terrier. Therefore it has quite an athletic build with a triangular-shaped head. Their hair is short and thick and they tend to be white with tricolour markings (brown, white, black, and sometimes tan). They have quite a long snout to help with hunting and their ears are high sitting and bend at the top. Their tails tend to be docked to a quarter of the length, but there are also some that are born with a bobtail.
They are quite energetic and bold dogs, who are also said to be good with children due to their sweet temperament. They can also be quite sociable dogs and so get along well with other dogs and most people. Due to their instincts as a hunter however, they do not get on well with smaller animals such as rabbits etc.
These dogs are easily maintained and only require a brush to remove dead hair occasionally. As well as cleaning their ears and eyes sometimes to avoid infections.
The Ratonero Bodeguero is a healthy dog, with a life expectancy of 15-18 years. They don’t have any reported health risks that are specifically popular amongst the breed, but they are occasionally available for adoption due to the high number of stray Ratonero Bodegueros living in Spain. This means that if you adopt a Ratonero Bodeguero from one of these places, then you should always be sure to check for fleas and make sure to get the relevant injections and treatments. However, it is important to rescue them as they are frequently abandoned.
So how about some care tips?
These dogs are easily maintained and only require a brush to remove dead hair occasionally. As well as cleaning their ears and eyes sometimes to avoid infections. They only need to be washed a few times a year – when doing so you should make sure to cut or comb out any sections of matted hair. You should then wash the dog’s fur with dog shampoo, making sure to wash their body and legs first, always wash your dog’s head last unless you want to be drenched in water. Of course as with all dogs, they should have regular check ups with the vet to check their health.
In terms of food, the adult Ratonero Bodeguero has one bowl of food a day, or two smaller bowls of food.
They require lots of exercise, at least 15-30 minutes of exercise a day. This helps to stimulate them mentally and physically, reducing the potential for boredom. Like most dogs, Ratonero Bodeguero can perform destructive behaviour when they feel under-stimulated and bored. Therefore, it is important to make sure that they get daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Their instincts make them keen diggers, chasers, and retrievers, so finding games or playing fetch are all great ways to keep your Ratonero Bodeguero stimulated and happy.