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Basque Ratter

Origin Spain
GroupHunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Basque Ratter have? The breed also known as...
Villanuco de Las Encartaciones Basque, Rat hunting dog, Ratonero vasco, Enkarterriko billanuko, Villanucu, Little Villein of Las Encartaciones
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Basque Ratter puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Basque Ratter, be aware that the availability of this breed is rare. Although it's hard to find, you can check breeders’ sites and puppy finder places for further information. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Basque Ratter gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the Basque Ratter's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Basque Ratter weigh?
10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
17.5 pounds (8 kg)
How tall is the Basque Ratter?
10-13 inches (21-33 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
12 inches (27 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Basque Ratter have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Basque Ratter's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Basque Ratter and how often?
Average: The Basque Ratter requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Basque Ratter, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Basque Ratters shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Basque Ratters shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Basque Ratter have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Basque Ratter?
Smart: Basque Ratter's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Are Basque Ratters easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Basque Ratters are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Basque Ratters, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Basque Ratters have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Basque Ratters may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Basque Ratters need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Basque Ratters bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average to high: The Basque Ratter is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Basque Ratters good watchdogs?
Basque Ratters are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Basque Ratters strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Basque Ratter has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Basque Ratter do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Basque Ratters have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Basque Ratters need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Basque Ratter to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Basque Ratters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Basque Ratters have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Basque Ratters are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Basque Ratters good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Basque Ratters are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Basque Ratters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Basque Ratters are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Basque Ratters kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Basque Ratters are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Basque Ratters get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Basque Ratters are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Basque Ratters get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Basque Ratters are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Basque Ratter can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Basque Ratters have health problems?
Basque Ratters tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Basque Ratters live? What is this dog average life span?
12-15 years
Is the Basque Ratter breed hypoallergenic?
Basque Ratters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Basque Ratter have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Basque Ratters have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Basque Ratters require per day?
Basque Ratters have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Basque Ratters sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Basque Ratter need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Basque Ratter has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Basque Ratter's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Basque Ratter has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Basque Ratter is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Basque Ratter: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Basque Ratter have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Basque Ratter have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-6 puppies


  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Basque Ratter's intelligence is above average.
  • Adaptability: Basque Ratters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Basque Ratters strongly protect their territory.


  • Hypoallergenic: Basque Ratters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Barking: Average to high: The Basque Ratter is a vocal breed.
  • Mouthiness: Basque Ratters have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Basque Ratters are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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