Rat-chas, as hybrid dogs, will inherit characteristics from both parents but not always equally. We recommend prospective owners read up on the traits of both Rat Terriers and Chihuahuas before adopting one of these guys. The following information for this breed can be supplemented by visiting our parent breed pages.
These little dogs are lively and intelligent. Training will require some effort but can be achieved by a first time owner. They should be taught their place immediately with firm and consistent commands. Terrier like behaviors such as nipping, digging and excessive barking should be curtailed as early as possible. It may be difficult to housebreak this breed. The Rat Terrier is known for being much more trainable than the Chihuahua, so depending upon what characteristics your pet inherits, they may be easier to train or they may learn more gradually.
These dogs are very alert and loyal so they will make helpful watch dogs. They will alert the owner to approaching dogs or strangers as well as when someone is at the door. Early socialization will help them overcome standoffish behaviors towards friends and acquaintances. They will not appreciate a rowdy or turbulent household. They will enjoy being around household members frequently and are happy to passively sit on the couch and relax with you.
Rat-chas will be moderately energetic but they are by no means a vigorous exercising partner, and a fenced yard is not mandatory. These playful dogs will enjoy a long daily walk, trips to the dog park (also good for socialization) and some outdoor playtime. They should get at least 30 minutes daily exercise since this breed is prone to obesity and diabetes.