Prague Ratter

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Overview
The Prague Ratter (Pražský Krysarík) used to grace the Royal Palaces and were present at Royal Banquets in the Middle Ages. They have not been internationally recognized and are rarely seen outside of the Czech Republic. This small dog symbolized the independence of Czech lands (Bohemia) and Sovereignty of the Czech nation. This purely Czech breed can be traced back to the early history of the Czech lands (Bohemia). Science publicist Emil Jech from Roztoky, near Prague, discovered and confirmed the existence of the Prague Ratter and brought forward indisputable evidence this breed was around during Bohemian Prince Vladislav II's time. Polish chronicler Galla Anonym wrote that Polish King Boleslav II The Brave (1058 -1080) became fond of the Ratter. He had two that came from Bohemia (the Czech lands). Jules Michelet mentioned in his work "Histoire de France" three ratting dogs came from the Czech lands. He clearly talks about a living gift which the Czech king Karel IV (who also bore the title of Emperor of Rome) presented to the French king Charles V during his visit to France in 1377. King Vaclav IV (1378 - 1419) it has been said, used to take his favorite Ratter to the "Ukrale Brabantskeho" pub he frequently visited. Early history of the Czech lands (Bohemia) the Ratter adorned the courts of Czech princes and kings and was often given as a gift to other European rulers. From the royal palaces they went to other affluent members of society and then to ordinary citizens.

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Character
This breed is lively, active and playful who loves to cuddle and makes a great family pet.

Does your Prague Ratter bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
Gentle, requiring little care, watchful, intelligent and noble, by nature not trustful to strangers but very obedient and warmhearted to his family life. He understands children. He is very conservative to his master and to the other members of the family, and their home he considers to be his own.
Care
Very low maintenance, minimal shedding. Needs monthly bath and nail trim.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
Thick coat, that is short, glossy, and fits close to body. The head is usually coated with thinner and shorter hair.
Training
This breed has a need for human attention and desires to please and impress its owner, the Prague Ratter can master basic training commands easily. It can be trained for freestyle, obedience, tracking etc. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Prague Ratter puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
This breed is quick and energetic and needs daily walks on a leash, as well as the chance to run free in a contained area. If not in a contained area or on a leash, he may chase small animals. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
4-6 lbs
Height
7-9 inches
Color(s)
Black and tan is the most common, however brown and tan, blue and tan, lilac and tan, yellow, red and merle are acceptable.

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