The Brazilian Terrier is a small-sized dog with a big personality. Combining a bold, lively and alert nature with a sweet, affectionate and soppy side, this is a breed of interesting contrasts. However, if you’re on the hunt for an active, playful and loving dog and have the time and experience to train that stubborn Terrier attitude, it could make a loyal canine companion.
Key facts about the Brazilian Terrier
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Origins and history
Native to Brazil, the Brazilian Terrier is thought to have descended from other small Terrier breeds, namely the Jack Russell, the Fox Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher. Although the exact origins are unknown, many believe the breed was developed as a hunting dog after the Terrier breeds named above were brought to Brazil from Europe.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 3 - Terriers
Section 1 : Large and medium sized Terriers
Physical characteristics of the Brazilian Terrier
Female : Between 13 and 15 in
Male : Between 14 and 16 in
Female : Between 18 and 26 lb
Male : Between 18 and 26 lb
The coat is tri-coloured in black, tan and white - though patterns will vary from one dog to another.
Type of coat
The coat is short, smooth, and close-fitting.
The eyes are dark in colour.
The Brazilian Terrier is very similar in appearance to the ever-popular Jack Russell. This small-sized breed has a compact, athletic physique and long, straight and slim legs. In terms of the face, the Brazilian Terrier boasts a pointed muzzle and eyes which are large, dark, round and alert. The nose is small and black, while the ears are triangular but slightly folded at the very tips. Overall, this is a compact, agile dog with a sweet, alert and expressive face.
Good to know
There are only two breeds of dog which are native to Brazil, and the Brazilian Terrier is one of them!
While this dog definitely has a bold and fearless streak, it’s actually very sweet-natured and affectionate towards its family. It’s a complete contrast, in fact!
The Brazilian Terrier is lively and cheerful, ready to play whenever you please!
The Brazilian Terrier is high-spirited, vivacious and lively. It’s unlikely to be described as calm or docile.
This small dog has big brains! The Brazilian Terrier is very intelligent, requiring plenty of mental stimulation.
Developed to hunt small game, a strong prey-drive comes as part and parcel of the Brazilian Terrier. Unless extremely well trained and socialized, it might be necessary to keep it on a lead around small animals and wildlife.
Fearful / wary of strangers
While this dog is sociable and affectionate with his social group, it is suspicious of strangers.
The Brazilian Terrier can be beautifully attached to its loved ones without being overly clingy.
Behaviour of the Brazilian Terrier
This Terrier isn’t as anxious as his cousins, and can safely stay alone for a few hours if it has been acclimatized to solitude.
Easy to train / obedience
Like most Terriers, the Brazilian Terrier needs firm and consistent training to become a manageable dog. As always, it’s best to use positive training methods, with plenty of rewards and praise.
The Brazilian does seem to like the sound of its own voice. While this can be beneficial in certain situations, it’s essential to teach this dog to be quiet on command. Otherwise, it could become excessive and irritating.
Tendency to run away
Because the Brazilian has a strong instinct to chase, and is also a skilled digger, running away or escaping is a possibility. Make sure your garden is securely fenced and keep it on a lead in open areas, unless, of course, you’re absolutely certain your dog will come when called.
This mischievous little dog’s favourite hobby is digging holes, and it will be sure to do so in your garden! Without enough exercise or if left alone for too long, the Brazilian Terrier has the potential to be quite destructive.
Greedy / Gluttony
In general, Terrier breeds can be greedy. Avoid overfeeding this small dog by measuring food out daily. If you leave too much out, this dog will gobble it down!
The Brazilian Terrier is incredibly alert and will notify you of the slightest unfamiliar sound or sight. This dog can turn aggressive if it feels that is necessary, so early and firm socialization is key.
The Brazilian Terrier would make a good first dog for novice masters who have an active lifestyle and are prepared to meet its training needs. This dog is loyal to its family, but needs an early, firm, and consistent education.
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Brazilian Terrier in a flat
While the Brazilian Terrier might seem perfect for a flat in terms of size, it’s actually a very active breed which is likely to get bored and restless if cooped up without a garden. This breed is best suited to a house with access to outside space.
Need for exercise / Sporty
The Brazilian has a fairly high exercise requirement, despite its small size. Ideally, the Brazilian Terrier will go on a long walk, or two shorter walks, every single day. However, in an ideal world it would happily exercise for hours, and is therefore best suited to an active household. This breed will also need plenty of active playtime and training sessions to keep it mentally stimulated.
Travelling / easy to transport
This breed is small and, therefore, very easy to transport as long as your dog has been socialized from a young age.
Brazilian Terrier and cats
This breed actually has a stronger hunting instinct than your average Terrier and absolutely shouldn’t be trusted around cats and other small household pets.
Brazilian Terrier and dogs
The Brazilian Terrier generally gets along well with other dogs, but may try to take over, and can be scrappy if not well-socialized.
Brazilian Terrier and children
The Brazilian Terrier loves to play with kids and makes for a great family dog.
Brazilian Terrier and the elderly
The Brazilian Terrier needs to be looked after by someone who can meet its high exercise needs.
We do not have enough data to set an average price for the purchase of this breed. However, looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £50 to £80 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.
Thanks to its short coat, the Brazilian Terrier is fairly easy to groom, requiring a quick brush 2-3 times per week.
The Brazilian Terrier is a moderate shedder.
Nutrition of the Brazilian Terrier
Feed the Brazilian Terrier a high-quality, complete and balanced dog food which is specifically formulated for small breeds.
Health of the Brazilian Terrier
Although there is little data on this breed’s health, the general consensus seems to be that it’s a healthy and hardy breed. The average life expectancy for this breed is 13 years.
Strong / robust
This is a robust breed that rarely falls ill.
Bred in Brazil with a short coat, the Brazilian Terrier can tolerate warm temperatures well.
The Brazilian has a smooth, thin coat which doesn’t offer much protection in cold weather.
Tendency to put on weight
The Brazilian Terrier might have a hearty appetite, but it probably needs less food than you think. Make sure to measure out food daily.
- Eye problems
- Thyroid problems
- Skin allergies
- Luxating patella
- Hip dysplasia