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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 Comments (4)

French Bulldogs in Valencia

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We didn’t move alone to Valencia. Our French Bulldog Chucky came with us. She arrived one day before me, and it looks as though she’s already used to her new home:




When we were apartment hunting, we saw a ton of other French Bulldogs and it seems like Valencians in general are very dog-friendly.

Any other dog owners out there in Valencia who’d like to meet? If so let us know.

February 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm Comment (1)

The Arrival of Chucky

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Our French Bulldog Chucky has arrived in Valencia. Getting her to Spain from Ireland was the most difficult part of the move — no airline flies with dogs from Ireland, so we had to drive her over with a ferry.

She spent 6 weeks in Germany with Juergen’s mom while we finished up the move, but now she is here. I think she’ll fit in very well in the city — there are tons of French Bulldogs in Valencia. In the 2 walks we’ve taken, she’s attracted a lot of attention and cooing. I’ll have to practice a few sentences for these encounters:

No, no muerde. ¡Es muy simpática! (No, she doesn’t bite. She’s very friendly!)

Es un bulldogg francés, y tiene seis años. (She’s a french bulldog, and is 6 years old)

Gracias, tienes razón, ¡ella es una monada! (Thank you, you’re right, she’s really extremely cute)

February 19, 2008 at 10:25 am Comment (1)