Dogs are a beautiful creation of God, and having them is a blessing. They not only make the world a better place but also makes life worth living. It is their unconditional love and care that makes us love them even more.
Well, talking of dogs, there are many dog breeds across the world, and in this article, we will throw light on the smallest dog, which is Prague Ratter.
So, let’s have a look at the history, appearance, personality, and, their grooming & dog care tips.
Commonly known as the national dog of the Czech Republic, Prague Ratter or Praszky Krysavik is also believed to be the smallest dog breed in the world. The dog is typical of 7 to 9 inches in height and 2 to 6 pounds in weight, with a lean body wrapped in thin skin.
A brief history of the Prague Ratter
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The origin of this breed goes back to the middle ages as it was a very popular breed in the royal castles and palaces of the Bohemian region (now known as the Czech Republic). This cute little breed used to be a guest at all the gala events of the aristocracy.
The dog was considered to be a status symbol among the kings, princes, and other officials back in the date.
Well, the popularity of the dog got knocked over during the world wars. The dog was even not allowed to appear in the dog shows due to its small size. However, the dog managed to survive over the years.
Prefer reading: Complete history of the Prague Ratter.
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Prague Ratter holds a strong resemblance to Miniature Pinscher, but these are slightly smaller in size than them. They carry a lean and elegant look with skinny legs and a graceful, long neck. They are short and firm with an upright tail, which is always set high.
Out of all the dog breeds, the Prague Ratter is the smallest, and it has very short, glossy, and black hair. Some dogs even have brown hair around their nose, legs, and torso. Their head is pear-shaped with projecting cheeks, and somewhat bulging dark brown eyes.
They have a compact body with a muscular, firm, and straight look. Their ears are erect as if they are always alert and attentive. They have a life expectancy of around 13 years.
The dog is perfect for living in small areas or for apartment life because of their size, although it cannot manage to stand cold, and its sense of smell is powerful.
The personality of the Prague Ratter
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The Prague Ratter is very active and lively. They are brave, have a lot of energy, and are always ready to play. In addition to this, they are very social and like to be around people. Also, they bond well with their human parents.
The breed is brilliant. They learn doing tricks, following orders, and playing games very quickly. Well, it is essential to train them responsibly, keep them active, and take them for a walk every day.
Prefer reading: How to train your dog to walk on a loose leash.
They are very obedient and love their family a lot, so it is not recommended to keep them at places with no home for several hours at a time because they get easily depressed. As they grow, they become more relaxed and calm, but still stay loving and social.
Care and Grooming
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Like the other small dog breeds, the Prague Ratter should not be carried in a handbag, and they need regular exercise. Their intelligence is the reason behind them being an excellent learner who appreciates all kinds of activities, including coursing, agility, and dancing.
The Prague Ratter is prone to cold due to its short fur, so it must be dressed appropriately during the harsh winter season.
Although regular grooming is not required, the smooth fur of the dog stays shiny and healthy when brushed every other day.
Since they are tiny in size, great care must be taken while playing with them. If there are children at home, care must be taken that they do not step on the dog or play rough with him. The dog is prone to the problem of broken bones or dislocated kneecaps due to their fragile body structure.
The teeth of the Prague Ratter should be examined on a regular basis by the vet because when their teeth start to grow, they sometimes face trouble losing their baby teeth.
Wrapping it Up
Dogs are love, and only a true pet lover knows that when it comes to dogs, breed just does not matter. We love all of them equally. You may also have a look at some of the favorite dog quotes.
So these were a few facts about the Prague Ratter. I hope that the information will be useful, and if you know any other interesting facts about the dog, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.