The Chihuahua Rat Terrier mix is also known as the Rat-Cha. These designer dogs are a mix of the world’s smallest breed of dogs, and a working farm dog. They have become popular and are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC).
Chihuahuas are known for their loyalty and intelligence, but also for being temperamental and suspicious of strangers. They are therefore not the best dogs to have around small children. Rat Terriers on the other hand, are amiable and good with children.
When good blood lines have been selected for breeding, this mix tends to take on the best characteristics of both breeds, both in temperament and in physical characteristics. Although it may be difficult to predict the characteristics a given Rat Terrier Chihuahua will inherit, some breeders who are experienced may make accurate predictions.
By training and socializing the Rat-Cha puppy, the aggressive tendencies of the Chihuahua will be lessened, and easier to manage. Introducing your dog to different people at home should minimize your its tendency to dislike and be suspicious of strangers.
The Rat Terrier Chihuahua will be roughly three times the size of a Chihuahua. As with all other Chihuahua mixes, Rat Terrier Chihuahua mixes are susceptible to the cold, due to its fast metabolism, small size and short fur.
Aggressive and pushy behavior should not be viewed as being cute and should be dealt with seriously, since a failure to do so may result in your dog believing he is the leader of the pack and display further dominance traits.
This Chihuahua mix will have less health problems than either the Chihuahua or the Rat Terrier, as you will find with most other mixed breeds.
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