Ratonero Mallorquin

Description Ratonero Mallorquin

Smart, Lively, Sensitive
The Ratonero Mallorquín is a Spanish breed not recognized by the FCI. However, since 2002 it has been recognized as an independent breed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Another name for him is “Ca Rater Mallorqui”.

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 3-5kg
  • Life expectancy: 15 – 17 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: black and tan (fire colors)

Character Ratonero Mallorquin

The Ratonero Mallorquín is available in black and tan (fire-colored). There may be white patches on the chest, abdomen and feet. It is also available in chocolate and tan, possibly with white spots on the chest, stomach and feet, and in white with black spots. Rarely does this dog breed come in all black or just tan.
According to the Spanish breed standard, the Ratonero Mallorquín weighs 3-5 kg.

Females are slightly lighter than males. The shoulder height is 29 to 36 cm. Again, females are slightly smaller than males.
The Ratonero Mallorquín can live 15-17 years. There are also ratters that live up to 20 years.

According to the breed standard, male dogs are “as long as they are tall,” while female dogs tend to be longer. According to the breed standard, a tail docked after the 1st vertebra is required. Tail docking is illegal in Germany. However, docked dogs may be brought into Germany (not into Switzerland).
A pure-bred Ratero must have erect ears after 1 year.

Perky ears would be a “mistake”. The Ratero is by nature lively, curious, smart, playful – and independent.
As with all dog breeds, he is only fond of children if he has had positive experiences with children in the formative phase (3rd to 12th / 16th week). If he has no experience with children in this sensitive phase, he will remain fearful of them throughout his life. In the event of negative experiences, this courageous little hunting dog is not afraid to vent its displeasure loudly.

This dog needs to be exercised mentally and physically and will be trained if it sees an advantage in doing so (reward).
The stud book has been kept by the “Club del Ca Rater Mallorqui” since 1990, with most Rateros outside of Mallorca coming from animal welfare.

Diet Ratonero Mallorquin

This little ratter is unproblematic in its diet. Most of the representatives of their breed that are adopted by German, Austrian or Swiss families come from animal welfare or hobby breeders, because the purebred dogs with a pedigree are mostly sold on among locals in Mallorca.
The Ratero eats everything (dry food, wet food, BARF, home-cooked food suitable for dogs) without getting sick. He is a robust dog, because the breeding selection of this working dog was and is merciless.


The short coat without undercoat of the Rateros does not require any special care. However, this southerner freezes very quickly, because he also has no subcutaneous fatty tissue. Added to this is its proximity to the ground, from which the cold radiates. He therefore needs a coat from autumn, otherwise he will freeze and catch cold very quickly.
Breed-specific diseases are not known to him.

As with all small dogs, old age can lead to heart failure and tracheal collapse. This is a weakness of the trachea that can be controlled very well with medication. It is important to pay attention to the health of your teeth, here you have to take appropriate care in good time. This can be brushing your teeth, chewing bones or having your teeth professionally cleaned.


The Ratonero Mallorquín (its Spanish name) comes from Mallorca, where it arose about 170 years ago from local small breeds and various terriers (Toy Terrier, Manchester Terrier) on farms. He kept the farms free of mice and rats and in the evenings he went rabbit hunting with his master. The Rattler works independently.
In Northern Europe, this affectionate little whizzy is often kept as a companion dog, which fits perfectly into an apartment. He can be educated if you respect his sensitive nature.

Then he is tenderly devoted to his people. It should be remembered that this dwarf is also a real dog. After 16-18 hours of sleep a day, he wants to be fully utilized and experience adventures with his human.
Author: Agnes de Villafranca.

Ratonero Mallorquin Accessories

The Ratero is not just a watchdog that conscientiously announces every postman. He is also a hunting dog that kills his prey, such as mice, rats, rabbits, instantly. It follows:
A good dog school with a behavioral-biological approach should be visited so that he doesn’t put his huge ears on the draft on the 1.5 – 2-hour walks. He’ll shred his toy pretty quickly – unless it’s made of plastic…

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