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Brazilian Terrier
Brazilian Terrier

Country of Origin: Brazil

Group: Terriers

Section: Large and medium-sized Terriers

Original Function: hunting

Todays Function: hunting dog for small game, farm dog, guard dog and companion

Dimension Male: 36-41 cm

Dimension Female: 36-41 cm

Weight Male: 7-9 kg

Weight Female: 7-9 kg

Litter Size: 3-6 puppies

Life span: 12-14 years

Other Names: Fox Paulistinha, Terrier Brasileiro

Colors: Black, brown, blue, and isabella. also natural stubby tails.

Living: This breed is not recommended for apartment life. they are very active indoors and will do best with

Recognized: FCI


The Brazilian Terrier is an alert, fearless, playful, loyal and loving family dog. He is completely devoted, and wants to play with you constantly. He seems to be springing and bouncing all the time! He"s a restless, funny, acrobatic dog who loves to run around the house, play hide and seek, and perform tricks for you. He"s intense and curious: the smallest sound or movement will catch and hold his attention. He"s a very good watchdog because he stands ready to bark out an alarm and takes an alert pose to warn you of a stranger"s approach. He can bark too much, and must be told to quiet down. He is a trainable dog who learns at an average rate. Although an obedient and determined worker, he can also be quite spirited, and needs consistent and firm training. He"s energetic and jumpy and needs a great deal of mental as well as physical activity. He needs a yard to run around in, and is generally not a good apartment dog. He is not the kind of dog who can be left alone for hours. He must be kept interested and occupied; if restless or bored, he will resort to barking and digging. He loves to dig! When outdoors, he should always be on a leash or in a safely enclosed area, since he has very strong hunting instincts and will chase after anything smaller than he is. He can get along with other dogs, but shouldn"t be left alone with small pets. He is generally sociable with people, friendly and gentle with those he knows and suspicious of those he doesn"t. He needs to be socialized while still a puppy so that he can learn to be polite to visitors. He is friendly and kind with responsible children who are old enough to know not to tease him, and makes a wonderful and playful companion and guardian for them. He is an excellent hunter of mice and rats and will keep your house and yard rodent-free. He is a medium-shedder, and so might not be a good pet if you are concerned about dog-hair in the home.


The temperament of the Brazilian Terrier is best described as a big Jack Russell Terrier. They are very perky, alert, intelligent and frisky. This breed loves to play and will do so the whole time they are with their owners. They love to bark and dig and make good watchdogs. Tell this dog after they bark to warn you of something, that is enough and you will take care of things from there. They are great ratters, excellent at tracking and dispatching the rodents that inhabit rural ranches in Brazil. This devoted loving dog needs an owner who is familiar with the terrier personality; one who can be a strong pack leader. Spirited and obedient, yet absolutely fearless. Friendly and generally kind to children. Children need to be taught how to be kind to the dog, but also how to be the dogs leader. This intelligent breed needs firm, experienced training, along with a firm, consistent, confident pack leader, or they will become willful and determined. To avoid behavior problems, the Brazilian Terrier needs rules it must follow and limits to what it is and is not allowed to do, in order to prevent Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behaviors, where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. They have strong hunting instincts stronger than your average terrier, and should not be trusted with other small animals. They like to chase and explore. Be careful not to let them off the lead unless they are very well-trained.


The Brazilian Terrier needs mental and physical activity to be happy. They tend to get restless and destructive if not kept fruitfully occupied and well exercised. They need to be taken on a long daily walk.


He only needs an occasional brushing. You might find yourself brushing him more often, however, to remove the loose hair before it falls out in your home.


Major concerns: CHD

Minor concerns: none

Occasionally seen: none

Suggested tests: hip, eye