Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz

16-18 lbs
Spanish Jack Russell, Andalusian Mouse Dog

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is sometimes referred to as the Spanish Jack Russell due to their similarity to the popular Jack Russell Terrier in looks and temperament, and both breeds have Fox Terrier in their ancestry, but the Ratonero developed in the south of Spain, a mix of Fox Terriers and local ratting dogs. The result was an extremely quick and agile hunter of vermin that worked well in between the wine barrels stored at the vineyards that flourished in the area. They are known for having an exuberant and joyful personality and are quite affectionate and even comical at home but focused and driven when on the hunt. 

Pest Control
Date of Origin
Fox Terrier, Other Terriers

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Health

Average Size
Male Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 16-18 lbs
Female Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 16-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Obesity
  • Retained Testicle
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Blood Panel

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Breed History

The Club Nacional del Perro Andaluz Ratonero Bodeguero, the first breed club for the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, also known as the Spanish Jack Russell, was established along with a standard for the breed in 1993. The history of this breed, however, begins much earlier, when the English first visited Spain in order to sample their wines. The English brought with them Smooth-Coated English Fox Terriers which later crossed with other dog breeds from the area, in particular dogs from the area of Andalusia in southern Spain near the vineyards of Jerez de La Frontera. These canines proved to be particularly adept at catching the rats and vermin that lived at the wineries, particularly those that made their homes where the barrels were housed, as the little dogs were agile and able to maneuver easily between the barrels to catch their prey. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that the breed was recognized by the Royal Canine Society of Spain and was declared a native Spanish breed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and the Spanish Purebred Royal Association. It is recognized in a few small kennel clubs, including the Nordic Kennel Union, and can be registered with the Dog Registry of America, but is not yet recognized by any of the major kennel clubs such as the Federation Cynologique Internationale, American Kennel Club, or United Kennel Club. These little dogs are still frequently employed at Spanish wineries but have also become quite popular as both pest control and family companions, particularly for individuals who live in homes that have been built into the natural caves of the area. 

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Breed Appearance

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is a small to medium-sized, smooth-haired terrier breed with a lean, athletic body that has a fairly square build for males, although the female Ratoneros tend to be slightly longer than they are tall. They typically have a relatively small head that is triangular in shape with a flat skull and a long, straight muzzle. The obliquely-set eyes of this breed can range from hazel to dark brown, but dark brown is preferred, and their ears are set high up on the skull, and typically stand erect when the dogs are at attention, but frequently fold halfway down when the canines are at rest. The white coat of the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is short and smooth with varying shades of black and tan covering the head and face area. Their tails tend to be high-set and carried erect; many of these dogs are born with a natural bob-tail, while others may have their tails bobbed to a quarter of their length, usually for working purposes.  

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz eyes
brown Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz coat
white Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Breed Maintenance

The grooming needs of this particular breed are fairly undemanding as they have a short, smooth coat that naturally sheds dirt and dust. They do require brushing with a slicker brush or grooming glove once or twice a week to control their moderate, year-round shedding, although the tendency to shed can also be diminished somewhat by adding fish oil to their diet, a supplement which leaves this little dog’s coat particularly shiny and supple. Their ears should be cleaned frequently as they have a tendency to trap dirt and if these dogs are used for their original purpose both their ears and tails should be checked daily for scratches and bites from rodents. It is also important to keep an eye on the amount of food that you offer this breed as they are prone to obesity due to overeating. 

Brushes for Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Temperament

The Ratonero Bodequero Andaluz is an energetic and friendly animal that tends to have a rather upbeat demeanor. They tend to get along with most people, both familiar and unfamiliar, as well as most other canines, but their extremely high prey drive and speed make them unsafe companions for smaller animals such as rabbits, ferrets, and even some cats. They are often quite entertaining and clownish when relaxing at home but tend to be more somewhat more reserved and well-mannered in more unfamiliar settings when well-socialized. This breed also tends to be drawn to children, and while it is always important to supervise interactions between canines and children, these sturdy, energetic dogs often make very good playmates for the younger set. These dogs are also highly intelligent and tenacious, but good socialization as well as introducing basic obedience early in their life typically helps to prevent that from turning into stubbornness. 

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Activity Requirements

Like most terriers, the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is a very high-energy dog with a quick mind that requires a great deal of both mental and physical exercise each day. Along with a brisk thirty to sixty-minute walk each day, you may want to consider enrolling this dog in alternate activities such as barn hunt, agility training, or even canine freestyle dance. This breed is small enough to live comfortably in most apartments, and they don’t tend to be overly vocal or territorial in general, but if not given enough to do, both mentally and physically, they can become anxious, mischevious, and even occasionally destructive.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats at six months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats at six months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
Female Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
Female Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz Owner Experiences

6 Years
3 People
House & Yard
High prey instinct and not easily contollable
11 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
5 People
Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Bath time
Road trip
Go Camping
Go to Beach
We rescued her from Spain at 6 months old after she was found in a bin and she lives with us in UK now. She is greedy for food and will eat anything she can if given the opportunity. We are careful with her food as she puts weight on very easily. She hunts and catches mice and small birds, and will eat them whole before we can catch her! She also will not tolerate bigger birds and cats in the garden and will chase them away barking. She loves to sleep under blankets or will sleep in full sun until she is panting if we don't make her move into shade. She also loves to walk and will easily do 15 mile hikes. She will chase deer, pheasants & rabbits if off leash and she must be on the leash around cattle or livestock because as soon as they run, she will chase them. Her prey drive is very high. She reacts to the door knocking or bell very vocally but once people are invited in, she is very affectionate. She loves sitting with children and adults to be stroked and cuddled. She loves human contact and will nap with you for hours to steal all your heat. Her worst trait is to roll in and eat any poop from horses, rabbits, badgers and foxes. She thinks the countryside is an all-you-can-eat buffet! She does love to get into a warm shower for a wash and will jump in the tub willingly. Conversely she does not like swimming at all and will immediately get out if taken into the water. She will sit,lie down and wait when told but she does pull on the leash at the beginning of a walk as she is so excited. She walks a minimum of 4 miles a day. After the first time off the lead for a run she will heel. She has some recall ability but if she is chasing something she will come back in her own time. She is cheeky and funny and loves to bring you a toy to tug and play, she is not interested in balls or fetch. All she wants to do is destroy her toys until the squeak is "dead". She does not chew non dog things like furniture. She is very healthy apart from a luxating patella (common to the breed) in one of her hind legs but we have treated her with special ingredients in her food like turmeric, coconut oil, linseed, cinnamon and fennel. Since we started this regime, you would not know she has it.
1 year, 7 months ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
He is a highly energetic dog that loves to play catch. He is a very playful dog that gets along with most dogs. He’s very friendly, even with strangers.
1 year, 9 months ago
4 Years
1 People
I have owned her for nearly 3 years she is a wonderful dog although she does not like unfamiliar dogs she meets on walks and that is her only downside
1 year, 10 months ago
10 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Walking and agility
Adopted two, they are incredible, so loving and so active. They smile and they are extremely grateful dogs, always attentive, never bad tempered.
2 years, 5 months ago
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