Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

Other names: Spanish Jack Russell, Andalusian Wine-cellar Rat-hunting Dog

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The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is a robust, agile and athletic Terrier-type dog despite his small size. Its appearance is very similar to that of the Jack Russell Terrier, so much so that it is often referred to as the Spanish Jack Russell.



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Hair type Short
Origin Spain
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 7 kg to 8 kg From 35 cm to 43 cm
Male From 7 kg to 8 kg From 35 cm to 43 cm
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History of the breed

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is, as the name clearly indicates, originally from Andalusia in Spain. Several centuries ago, English wine merchants settled in the Jerez de la Frontera region of southern Andalusia, where sherry (a white wine much loved by the English) has traditionally been produced since that time. They brought their dogs with them, including ancestors of the Fox Terrier, which they crossed with local dogs. The goal of this approach was to create a dog capable of hunting rats and mice hiding between barrels in wine cellars.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the breed benefited from the contribution of the Toy Terrier. The first breeding club of the breed, the Club Nacional del Perro Andaluz Ratonero Bodeguero, was founded in 1993. Its standard was established in the same year. The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz was recognized as a national breed in 2000 by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and the Spanish Kennel Club, the Real Sociedad Canina de España (literally, the Royal Canine Society of Spain). However, the breed of Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz has not yet been recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, while several clubs and organizations around the world have done so.

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Physical features

His hair: short and dense.
Its color: predominantly white, with a tricolor mask (black, brown and white) and clear markings above the eyes.
Its head: triangular in shape, with a semi-flat skull and a rather long muzzle.
Its ears: set high, carried semi-erect with the upper part folded forward when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: small in size, very dark in color, displaying an expression of intelligence, liveliness and determination.
His body: strong bones, well-developed musculature, harmoniously built, cut for speed and endurance.
Its tail: traditionally cut at a quarter of its length in countries where tail docking is not prohibited.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is an alert, energetic and lively dog. Sporty and courageous, he has retained a very strong hunting instinct. Nevertheless, the national standard of Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz indicates that it must also be friendly and sociable, especially towards children.

A very active dog and can sometimes be quite stubborn, the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz must be educated and socialized in a firm and early manner. The emphasis should be as much on obedience as on the pleasure of working. His taste for effort and play made his education easier.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz essentially presenting a profile of a working and hunting dog, it appreciates the great outdoors. The ideal for this dog would therefore be to live in a house with a fenced garden. However, this does not prevent him from adapting to an urban lifestyle, or even in an apartment, if he is sufficiently walked and well educated.


Ease of gaining weight

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is a particularly robust and resistant dog. He does not suffer from any breed specific health issues. It will simply be noted that several births of male puppies presenting a testicular anomaly (monorchidism or cryptorchidism) have been recorded.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz being a rustic dog with a short coat, its maintenance remains extremely easy, but it must be done regularly.

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz needs a lot of exercise to burn off. It is about a sporting dog which kept, moreover, a pronounced taste for hunting. He must therefore benefit from long daily walks and playful activities capable of stimulating him both physically and psychologically.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly in order to ensure the cleanliness and appearance of his coat. It does not especially need to be bathed, except in the case of heavy soiling.

Price and budget

Purchase price

400 €
600 €

The purchase price of a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is between € 400 and € 600.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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