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Brazilian Terrier

As the name suggests, the Brazilian Terrier is a native of Brazil, deriving its lineage from the Parson Russell Terrier, Fox Terrier, and Jack Russell Terrier. Some other speculations even say that their ancestry originates from the Spanish dogs Ratonero Valenciano and Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz. They were brought to Brazil during the Iberian Union between the 16th and 17th centuries.

Their well-balanced, sturdy build teamed with half-pricked, folded ears, bright, round eyes, and a docked tail enhances the uniqueness in their appearance. Some of the common behavioral traits of the Brazilian terrier include their alertness, intelligence, courageousness, and high-spirited nature.

Their equation with kids is just fine, yet adult supervision is needed when they mingle with very young children, considering the terriers they are. With the right kind of socialization, they do well with dogs of the family. However, the inherent hunting instincts would prompt them to get after smaller pets; thus, keeping the both of them together is a no-no.

Don’t take their size for granted, as behind a small dog lies a fearless soul, expressing reservedness towards strangers and doing their utmost to protect and safeguard their family. 

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Terrier Brasileiro, Fox Paulistinha
  • Colors:White and tan, brown, blue, blue and white, black, tri-colored
  • Life Expectancy:12-14 years
  • Height:Males: 14-16 inches; Females: 13-15 inches
  • Weight:22-25 lbs
  • Temperament:Alert, intelligent, friendly, and fearless
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:Moderately high
  • Hypoallergenic:Not recorded
  • Litter Size:4-6 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderately low
  • Health Problems:Eye and ear infections,skin ailments,hip dysplasia, epilepsy, luxating patella  
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:Brazil
Terrier Brasileiro
Brazilian Terrier Dog

History

    1800s

    The dogs they descended from (Parson Russell Terrier, Fox Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier) were brought to Brazil from Europe by the natives; the development of the Brazilian terrier also took place then

    1985

    Recognized by the Brazilian Kennel Club

Brazilian Terrier Puppy
Fox Paulistinha

Care

These active dogs need adequate exercise equaling to one long walk or two short walks a day. More than apartments, they do better in homes with a yard or garden, and may get destructive when confined indoors for a prolonged period. Like all other terriers, they too have an inherent chasing instinct, for which keeping them on a leash when outside is a must.

Their short and smooth coat needn’t be brushed too much, but for the regular combing one or two times a week to keep a check on the dead hair. Besides this, do not miss out on the regular grooming regime that includes cleaning their eyes and ears, brushing their teeth, and trimming their nails on a routine basis.

Like all other terriers, this one too is high on energy, needing high-quality food, readymade or homemade, rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. If going for store-bought food, you may opt for brands like Blue Buffalo and Royal Canin.

Brazilian Terrier Image
Brazilian Terrier Picture

Training

Training these affectionate and loyal breeds with a high intelligence level is not too difficult a task. However, one must be firm and tactful while dealing with them.

Socialization and obedience are the two spheres that trainers need to work on to help these dogs develop into disciplined breeds. Command training should be given more importance in this regard. Also, teaching them to wear a leash since their puppy days is a mandate, so that their chasing tendencies can be checked upon. 

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