Majorca Ratter

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Ca Rater Mallorquí
Ratonero Mallorquín
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Other names Majorca Ratter
Origin Majorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
Breed status Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Traits
Weight Max: 5 kg (11 lb)
Coat short and smooth
Color black&tan, brown&tan, black tricolor, brown tricolor
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Majorca Ratter (Catalan: Ca Rater Mallorquí; Spanish: Ratonero mallorquín) is a Spanish breed of dog originating in the Balearic Islands.

Origin[edit]

The origin of the breed is rather unclear, although its relationship with the Gos Rater Valencià is obvious, when taking on count the geographical proximity and historical references. In the early 20th century, Valencians migrated to the island of Mallorca and they might have brought ratters with them. Their purpose was to keep stables free from rodents.

In addition to killing rodents, the Majorca Ratter has also been an excellent hare and rabbit hunter. Moreover, it has been called eriçoner for its tendency to kill hedgehogs and other small prey. However, the hunting style is different from the one used by for example the Ibizan Hound. The Majorca Ratter goes to bushes and moves slowly drawing a hare out. Its hunting qualities are due its small physical structure and its muscular legs, allowing it to make great leaps.

The Majorca Ratter is also a good companion dog and a great watchdog.

Character[edit]

A black&tan Majorca Ratter.

The Majorca Ratter is alert, nervous, intelligent and extremely affectionate towards its owner.