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Prague ratter (Dog standard)

Prague ratter is a miniature, very active, alert, lively. coat consists of short hair and its color is mostly black and tan, but may be solid tan or brown and tan.

FCI STANDARD NO. : This breed has not yet been internationally recognized, but FCI does have CMKU PK reg. numbers for approved breeding dogs and their pedigrees for future consideration of the FCI.

This is a sample of what an approved breeder should have for their Prague Ratters. This is documentation with a registry number.They should also have a copy of the pedigree.

Name Pražský Krysarík (Prague Ratter)

Miniature, very active, alert, lively. Coat consists of short hair and its color is mostly black and tan, but may be solid tan or brown and tan. He is 2 cm shorter in maximum height than the Miniature Pinscher in minimum height. He is highly developed. He shows love for his master and is very watchful. When running. he is very quick and lively.

Origin: The Czech Republic

Reasons for keeping him:
There are two reasons for keeping him. One is his highly developed sense of smell, small size and briskness so he was used for killing rats (Krysa), (it gave him the name "Krysarik"). These qualities he possesses have been developed over the past centuries. The other reason is that in nature he is very social, obedient, warm-hearted, he understands children and his love for home is absolutely conservative. By nature he is noble and intelligent.

Classification FCI: After his international recognition

Short history:
Historically, this breed called PRAGUE RATTER (PRAZSKY KRYSARIK) was known in the remote past of our nation. This small dog was often seen at aristocratic feasts at Prague Castle. In the early history of our state he adorned courts of Bohemian princes and kings, and he was also owned by other European rulers because kings of Bohemia presented him to them. Later his owners were ordinary citizens. From the history of the Prazsky Krysarik we can learn a lot because most of it has been preserved. For instance, we know that this breed really comes from Bohemia and its origins can be traced back to the early history of our nation. In 1980 its breeding was successfully started so the Prazsky Krysarik is again a favorite pet in our homes.

1) General characteristics: He is a small dog whose appearance reminds of the nonexistent toy Pinscher. The characteristics are very close to those of Miniature Pinscher. The liveliness, which is so valued, is typical of him. His briskness is admirable. He is very watchful, concentrated, at the same time he is playful, warmhearted and always to come for a cuddle. He is very loving to his master. He fits into any household. Thanks to his short-haired coat and small size.

2) Important measurements (proportions): Body length : height at withers = 1,00 ÷ 1,04 /dog / ÷ 1,06 /bitch / Chest depth : height at withers = 0,45 ÷ 0,50 Muzzle length : head length = 0,33 at least

3) Temperament and qualities: Gentle, requiring little care, watchful, intelligent and noble, by nature not trustful to strangers but very obedient and warmhearted to his family life. He understands children. He is very conservative to his master and to the other members of the family, and their home he considers to be his own.
4) Head: Overall appearance of pear-shaped head without fontanelle is very graceful, regular and symmetrical.
4.1 Skull

Skull is rounded not flat like with a German and miniature Pincher so it is not parallel with nose/muzzle. Occiput is prominent. Cheeks are firm, distinct and slightly protruding. Eyes are set wide apart. Skin on skull has no folds and is coated with short and fine hair. ears are set at the back of back of skull. Skull width is not greater than its length.


Stop is distinct with prominent indentation above eyes.

4.2 Foreface

well-developed muzzle in front perpendicular to the ground. The upper part of muzzle forms an obtuse wedge. It is black. Light-colored front is admissible unless the whole muzzle is light- colored. In the case of yellow it can light-colored or the color of flesh.

Nose area:
nose ridge is straight forming at least 1/3 of overall head length and tapers to the muzzle. With forehead it forms a smooth contour with the skull. On either side of the head the nose form a symmetrical and regular contour to skull.

lips are close-fitting, firm and are closed in corners. Upper lip slightly overlaps lower lip thus forming closed jaws.

both jaws are firm and converge to muzzle.

cheeks are flat, smooth and fit close to jaws.

teeth with regular scissor bite and are white. It is preferable if no teeth are missing.

eyes are dark. The darker the batter. They are of medium size, are round, noticeably bulging and are set wide apart. Lids are tight-fitting so conjunctivas are not seen.

Ears: ears are set at the back of head and are erect. They are carried firmly, terminating in long, sharp and round points. They must be erect or slightly hanging downwards but never close to head.

5) Neck: neck is without folds, gracefully curved and sufficiently long at the right angle to body.

6) Body: short, straight, firm.
Loins : short, relating firmly to back, gradually terminating in tail.
Chest : slightly deep with arched ribs, in cross-section it is oval reaching up to elbows. Chest depth forms at least 45% of height at withers, desirable proportion of height at withers to chest dept is 2:1.
Chest wall : it is developed, round and fairly spacious (with respect to dog's size).
Abdomen : drawn-in, between abdomen and loins clearly merging into drawn-in flank.
Tail : tail is set high and carried upright, slightly slantwise. From an aesthetic point of view docked tails are preferable but not compulsory.

7) Legs: 7.1. Forequarters Blade is set at a slant, elbows are set close to the lowest part of chest and are placed high enough and are parallel to hindquarters. Forelegs are muscular, springy perpendicular and straight. 7.2. Hindquarters Hind legs are strong, thighs are broad with developed muscles. Stifles are well- rounded and firm. Movement is steady and flowing. Tarsus is not very high and is always firm. 7.3. Pads - Pads are round, closed, short with arched toes like cat's paws, claws are dark and balls are firm and tough.

8) Movement: Both forelegs and hind legs produce steady and flowing movement. Pads must not drag along i.e. as if they shuffled. Luxation of hind legs is undesirable.

9) Skin: Skin is tough, sufficiently strong, firm and fits tight to body. It must be elastic.

10) Coat: 10.1 Type of coat Short, glossy, fitting close to body, thick not bald. Head is usually coated with thinner and shorter hair than on body.

11) Height and weight:

11.1. Height

Dog - 19 cm (-1) - 22 cm (+1) 7.48 inches - 8.66 inches (+1)
Bitch - 19 cm (-1) - 22 cm (+1) 7.48 inches - 8.66 inches (+1)
Ideal height is 20 - 22 cm 7.87 inches - 8.66 inches

11.2. Weight Optimal weight 2 kg 4.4 lbs.

12) Faults:

12.1. Faults

Asymmetrical bite, 2 premolars P1 missing or any of premolars P2 - P3 missing or one of molars M1 - M3 is missing. Slightly arched back and loins, folded skin on head, softer back, larger yellow spots on head, paws curving outwards or inwards.

12.2. More serious faults

Height over 22 to 23 cm ( 8.66 inches to 9.05 inches), height from below under 18 cm.( 7.08inches) 2premolars P1 missing, one of premolars P2 - P4 missing, one of molars M1 - M3 missing, one of incisors missing, tongs bite, heavily arched back and loins prevent flowing movement, a larger white spot on chest above 1 cm2, isolated white dots on toes, partial luxation of kneecap.

12.3.Disqualifying faults Height above 23 cm ( 9.05 inches) and under 17 cm (6.69 inches) Apple head i.e. nose is not long enough to reach 1/3 of overall head length, more than 3 teeth P2 - P4 including M1 - M2 are missing, 2 incisors are missing, a big white spot on chest, heavily arched back and loins, ears very close to head, overbite of both jaws, cryptochism, monorchism, color different from black or from black and tan and yellow, the larger part of head is yellow with black (brown with yellow spots) or the color of doe, fontanelle, inborn bald spots in any part of body, permanent luxation of kneecap.

*Information was gleaned from www.prazsky-krysarik.cz/angl/an.-index.htm
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