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The Gos Rater Valencià

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Did you know Valencia has its own breed of dog? Say hello to the Gos Rater Valencià:

Cute little guy!

The Gos Rater is a small, agile dog which was bred in the Communitat and first documented in the 16th century. As their name indicates, they were bred to be rat-catchers — something they’re extremely successful at. In fact, the Gos Rater is the world’s best canine rat-catcher. In doubt? Check out the video of a crew in action:

Besides being useful for rodent removal, the Gos Rater is a friendly and lively dog, though it can be overly nervous.

I’m not sure I’ve seen any Gos Raters running around, but will start keeping my eye out for them. If I didn’t know better, I would’ve guessed that Valencia’s official animal is the French Bulldog — you see those slobbery things everywhere (including our apartment).

More Information at the National Association of the Gos Rater Valencià

August 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm
  • July 22, 2009 at 10:42 amjack russell

    I thought those dogs were pathetic rat catchers.
    No wonder there arent many of those dogs left.
    The valencia rats must think they are a joke.
    Any half way decent jack russell would have dispatched that rat in seconds.

  • July 22, 2009 at 10:56 amvalencia blog

    We actually think that the Gos Rater looks pretty cute and they are still very popular in Valencia. So you will see them pretty often.

  • July 22, 2009 at 11:58 amRoosell Dog UK

    I agree with Jack Russell. It took three of those strange looking creatures 3 minutes and 1 second to get that rat…and that was only because it was not the brightest rat. It came back to give them another chance.

    Those dogs are not very good rat-catchers, and would be better suited to being lap-dogs and dressed in frilly outfits and being spoon-fed by their owners. I would not like to see them have to survive on their own.

    A few weeks in a JRT training camp somewhere in the North East of England may help them a bit….

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