Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Rat-Cha
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Rat-Cha is usually a cross between a pure Rat Terrier and a pure Chihuahua, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This small companion mix is all kinds of cute, but keep in mind the energy of the Rat Terrier and the sometimes barky nature of the Chihuahua. This dog needs kind but early training, and it firmly expects to be an important member of the family who refuses to be overlooked.
Appearance / health:
The appearance of this small toy mix can be surprisingly variable, depending on whether the Chihuahua or the Rat Terrier traits dominate.
Behavior / temperament:
All mixed breeds are individuals with unpredictable traits, but many owners describe their Rat-chas as great family dogs who love to cuddle or play throughout the day. They are social and enjoy being in the thick of things.
Great temperament, active dog, protective streak, sweetest dogs, great home alarm
strangers, nervousness, potty training, pee pads, high strung, trust issues
popular apartment dogs
Sweet, Fiesty with a side of Finicky!
Booker was adopted as a one year old (approximate) from the local shelter, and had been abused (extent not known) before we adopted him. He is a short haired rat terrier with Chihuahua mix is the best guess we have. He is about eight pounds now, not a dog that sheds a lot and is very loyal to his primary caretaker. When we adopted him we needed a dog that was small enough not to fear knocking over an elderly family member that lived with us, able to interact with guests and children in the house, easy to groom to minimize allergies and overall acclimate well into the house. For the most part, he has filled the bill.
He doesn't shed a lot and will allow himself to be bathed. He does great with people he knows, but does bark and get agitated when people he doesn't know are in the house. He was able to be house-trained and crate trained with minimal fuss and does not snap or nip at people who try to pet him, even if they are unknown to him. For the most part, he is a single owner dog having bonded heavily to my one daughter if she is in the house no one else exists. We do have other dogs around and he has not had any issues with them.
Overall we love this sweet and fiesty little guy, with the only big downside being his slinking away and not generally being overtly friendly to everyone. We have had company multiple times try to interact with him, and he will leave the room..
From OkiePet Jun 18 2015 2:35PM
Oreo-Rat Terrier Chihuahua
This dog is smart as a whip and was very easy to train. Very intelligent (in most aspects) and if given the love and affection it deserves, will be motivated to do anything you ask it to do. We crate trained as a puppy, and he loves his "bed" so much that we often find him putting himself to bed if he's tired and he'll just sleep in there with the door open. For a dog this size, crate training is highly recommended, not only will it help them feel secure (they're small) this dog (again-may just be personality of my dog) has almost ZERO self-preservation skills so when you leave the house or at night it's a good idea to crate them. Oreo's already been to the vet twice in the last year after eating God knows what when we left him out of the crate. Mind you, we're pretty tidy so it remains a mystery...
Otherwise, he picks up commands like breathing-if he WANTS to do them of course- so sit, "get it", "bring it", drop, back, down, lay down, up, no- were all easy. He recognizes smiling, frowning, head shaking, different tones of voices, and has a pretty good recognition vocabulary. This cuts both ways, since like with a child we have to spell certain things out. Like walk, food, go, store, etc. He even knows when we're talking about him-even if we don't say his name or change tone of voice.
Maybe it's just personality, but this dog is not the least bit aggressive, in fact he's a total marshmallow. He'll just as soon roll onto his back as look at you (he's a drama queen in all honesty). Very attentive and a bit emotional, this dog just wants to be part of the pack. On the needy side, will get mopey/pushy if not given enough attention. His nickname is White Shadow. Good if you want a dog photobombing every single picture ever taken of you. This dog was made to be a true companion.
Not the least bit food aggressive in my experience, despite the fact he was a foster dog and had to "fight" for his food as a puppy.
Overall great little family dog, if you have the time to devote. We have 2 boys so good with kids, though excitable so be vigilant with very small children.
This dog is also a licker. Which I have always hated-but this is an unbreakable habit with Oreo so I discourage it but then end up feeling bad because I know it's just his way of saying "I love you". Not much to be done there.
No problems with chewing or clawing furniture or other destructive behaviors, though if you leave stuffed animals around they are goners. He will "kill" them and leave a trail of fluff throughout the whole house. Including his beds. (Fixed this with an old yoga mat and blankets in crate.) Keep an eye on your pillows.
Would definitely recommend this dog, but only if you have lots of love and attention to give..
From MeritWilliams Sep 24 2015 8:34AM
High Strung yet Loving
Kane was the result of my older dog getting out while he was young and finding a bitch on heat. The bitch's owner was all too happy to give us one of the pups, which we named Kane.
Kane is an extremely anxious and fretful dog, it takes a lot to get him out of his kennel. He also gets extremely distressed if my other dogs aren't around him.
Kane will be the first dog to jump on to your lap and enjoy a cuddle, but gets aggressive with the other dogs if they try to join in.
Training Kane was slightly difficult, but consistency was key.
He also does not get along with new dogs at all and is the first to snap at them..
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