Gos Rater Valencià
|A brown and white male Ratonero Valenciano|
|Other names||Ratera Valencia|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|Notes||Recognized by the Real Sociedad Canina de España (Spanish Kennel Club)|
|Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
Gos Rater Valencià (English for: Valencian rat hunting dog) is a breed of dog that originates in Spain. Recognised by the Real Sociedad Canina de España in 2004, it has had recent success with a member of the breed winning the Spanish National Dog Show in 2011. It is a traditionally docked breed.
The breed originates from Valencia in Spain, where it has traditionally been used to catch rats and other rodents. The breed is thought to have existed since the sixteenth century. There are several theories around the breed's origin, including either that stock from British Fox Terriers may have been introduced to native dogs, or that it is simply that breeding dogs for similar purposes have led to similar results.
The breed is recognized by the Real Sociedad Canina de España, the national kennel club for Spain, since 2004. The club uses the structure set out by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, and places the breed within Group 3:Terriers, and the subgroup, Section 1:Large and medium sized terriers. As of 31 December 2010, there were 523 Ratonero Valencianos registered with the RSCE. A Ratonero Valenciano named Kike de Ca Batiste won the National Dog Championship in Spain in November 2011, the first time the breed has done so.
According to the breed standard, the coat should be short, no longer than 2 centimetres (0.79 in) in length. The most common markings are tricolor, with the colors dominating the white portion of the coat. Other markings include black and tan, brown and white, and brown and tan. The standard conformation show size for these dogs are 30–40 centimetres (12–16 in) for males at the withers, and 29–38 centimetres (11–15 in) for females. The ideal size is listed as 36 centimetres (14 in) and 33 centimetres (13 in) respectively. Both sexes weight ranges are the same, ideally 4–8 kilograms (8.8–17.6 lb).
The dogs continue to be used in hunting, specifically for rabbits.
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- "Historia" (in Catalan). Associacio Nacional del Gos Rater Valencia. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Un ejemplar de Ratonero Valenciano de Burriana se alza con el premio del Campeonato Canino de España". elperiodic.com (in Spanish). 9 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Ratonero Valenciano". Real Sociedad Canina de España. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
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