If you are looking for a designer dog breed with the playful confidence of terriers it would be difficult to find a crossbreed as likely to give it to you as Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix puppies, or Ratchas or Ratchis. These puppies take the “can-do” attitudes of their parents and make it all their own.
Ratcha (Ratchi) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and an American Rat Terrier
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC) and International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 10 – 14 years
» Average estimated weight of between 12 – 15 pounds
» Average height of approximately 12 – 18 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Low
Personality of Rat Terrier Chihuahuas
Although Chihuahuas are not true Terriers they tend to have similar personalities, so expect your Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix to have the typical Terrier temperament.
Terriers generally show an air of self-importance, confident that the world revolves around them. They are also energetic dogs that are very observant of what is happening around them.
Chihuahuas and Rat Terriers can both be standoffish breeds, so take care to socialize your puppy when it is still very young. Bring your Ratcha to new places, introducing her to a variety of new people so they can get used to the experience. These dogs may not like having young children or unfamiliar dogs around.
Appearance of a Ratchi Puppy
Your Ratcha puppy will grow to be a small-to-medium sized dog. Purebred Chihuahuas weigh less than six pounds and standard size Rat Terriers stand 18 inches tall or shorter.
Both parent breeds of Rat Terrier Chihuahua puppies have large ears that stand erect and have an alert expression that shows their intelligence and awareness of everything going on around them.
Your Ratcha puppy may be any color. If she takes after her Rat Terrier parent she will have some white in her coat, but if she takes after her Chihuahua parent she might be a solid color. The sky is the limit when it comes to possible puppy colors.
Taking Care of Rat-Cha Puppies
Because puppies that have a Rat Terrier and Chihuahua mix of heritage are oftentimes very small dogs with short coats, they can get cold easily.
In fact, Chihuahuas can fall into a coma if they get too cold, so be careful with your Ratcha puppy to make sure she doesn’t spend too much time outdoors in cold weather unless she is wearing some type of protection such as a dog sweater.
Rat Terriers shed more than Chihuahuas do, so be prepared if your Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix sheds. Brushing your puppy with a soft brush should be all you need to do. These dogs need very little grooming.
Feeding of Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mixes
Avoid feeding your Ratchi puppy human food. Diabetes can be a problem for dogs with Chihuahua bloodlines, and human food can quickly make your dog overweight and increase the likelihood of suffering from the disease.
On the other hand, Chihuahuas can also suffer from hypoglycemia, so they can’t go too long in between meals or they could fall into a coma. Feed your puppy small amounts every few hours to keep him healthy. If your puppy is a finicky eater try moistening his food or feeding him soft food.
In the end, if you are looking for an energetic companion dog and don’t have any young children or other dogs in your home, Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix puppies could be a perfect addition to your family.