Brazilian Terrier

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About Brazilian Terrier

Weight
up to 22 lb
Lifespan
12-14 years
Group
not applicable
Best Suited For
small homes, house with a yard, active singles, active families
Temperament
Alert, confident, friendly, spirited
Comparable Breeds
Rat Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier
Height
13-16 inches
Brazilian Terrier Basics


The Brazilian Terrier is a fairly rare breed and one of only two that were developed in Brazil. This breed is similar in appearance to other small terriers, particularly the Jack Russell Terrier, so it is common for the breeds to be confused. If you are thinking about getting a Brazilian Terrier you will be glad to know that the breed is smart and active – it is also very friendly and playful. Like any terrier, however, you need to provide proper training to keep the dog from becoming destructive due to boredom.


The Brazilian Terrier is a fairly rare breed and one of only two that were developed in Brazil.


Origin


The Brazilian Terrier is one of only two breeds of dog that are actually native to Brazil – the other is the Fila Brasiliero. Although this breed is native to Brazil, its ancestors are not. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought that other small terriers like the Jack Russell Terrier, the Fox Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher may have played a role in the breed’s development. The development of the breed likely occurred during the 1800s when other small dogs were brought to Brazil from Europe. The Brazilian Terrier was bred to work independently or in packs hunting small game


Pedigree

The Brazilian Terrier was developed with input from other terrier breeds including the Jack Russell Terrier, the Fox Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher.


Food/Diet


The Brazilian Terrier is a small-breed dog so it should be fed a dog food diet formulated for dogs of its size. Small-breed dogs have high energy needs and fast metabolisms so their diet should container higher levels of fat (a highly concentrated source of energy) than a diet for large-breed dogs. Make sure to choose a diet made from high-quality ingredients including animal proteins.


The Brazilian Terrier is an intelligent breed that was developed primarily for small-game hunting so it has natural hunting instincts.


Training


The Brazilian Terrier is an intelligent breed that was developed primarily for small-game hunting so it has natural hunting instincts. This dog generally responds well to training as long as you are firm and consistent – it is also recommended that you start training and socialization as early as possible. Like many small-breed dogs, the Brazilian Terrier may develop stubborn or independent tendencies if you do not maintain dominance over him. Leaving the dog alone too long or failing to provide proper mental and physical stimulation may increase the risk for problem behaviors.


Weight


The Brazilian Terrier is a small terrier that generally weighs less than 22 lbs. at maturity. Females of the breed stand about 13 to 15 inches tall while males are a little larger, standing 14 to 16 inches tall.


Temperament/Behavior

The Brazilian Terrier is generally a friendly breed, similar in personality to other small terriers. This breed is alert and intelligent so it needs plenty of mental as well as physical stimulation in order to be healthy. The Brazilian Terrier is also spirited and playful, having a love for digging holes, so be careful about leaving it alone in your backyard. This breed may be small, but they are fearless and not afraid to bark at intruders so they often make good watch dogs. It is also important to note that because this breed was developed for hunting it has a strong prey drive and may have a tendency to chase small animals around the house.


Common Health Problems


The Brazilian Terrier is generally a healthy and hardy breed but, like any dog, it is prone to developing certain health problems. Some of the health problems to which this breed is prone include eye problems, orthopedic problems, ear infections, and skin allergies. For the most part, however, the health problems this breed is most likely to face are related to its use as a hunting dog – the breed is prone to injuries in the field.


Life Expectancy


The average lifespan for the Brazilian Terrier is about 12 to 14 years which is on par for other dogs of its size.


Exercise Requirements


Although the Brazilian Terrier is a small breed it has fairly high needs for exercise – this is why it is generally not recommended for apartment life. A long daily walk is required for this breed as well as plenty of active playtime. If this breed doesn’t get enough exercise it is likely to develop destructive behaviors and other behavioral problems.


The Brazilian Terrier is generally a friendly breed, similar in personality to other small terriers.


AKC


The Brazilian Terrier is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club.


Coat


The Brazilian Terrier has a very short, close-lying coat similar to other terrier breeds. This dog always has a tri-color coat of black, tan and white but the pattern will vary from one dog to another. Because the coat is fairly short, maintenance is easy but regular brushing is recommended to keep shedding under control.


Puppies


The average litter size for the Brazilian Terrier is 2 to 5 puppies. As a small-breed dog, puppies grow and develop fairly quickly so you need to start training and socializing as early as possible.


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Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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