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Brazilian Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Brazilian Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Brazilian Terrier
OriginBrazil
Other Names
What other names does the Brazilian Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Fox Paulistinha, Terrier Brasileiro
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Brazilian Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Brazilian Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Brazilian Terrier breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price
How much does the Brazilian Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Brazilian Terrier price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Brazilian Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Brazilian Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Brazilian Terrier gets to a happy place.

Brazilian Terrier History

The Brazilian Terrier, or in its indigenous name, the Fox Paulistinha, is a relatively tall terrier breed, which can trace its origins back to Brazil. Interestingly, the Brazilian Terrier is one of the two dog breeds, with the Fila Brasileiro, ever developed in Brazil.

Originally the Brazilian Terrier was created during the early 1800s, and it is suggested that the breed is descended from a mixture of small-sized breeds imported from England during the 19th century. During the 19th century, it was a common phenomenon that Brazilian students, from wealthier families, spent their education in England. Thus, according to the experts, students brought their pet terriers from England back home, to Brazil. It is thought that the Jack Russel Terrier, the Fox Terrier brought by the English settlers, and the Portuguese Podengo brought to Brazil several hundred years before, alongside Portuguese explorers, have contributed significantly to the development of the Brazilian Terrier. It is also thought that other breeds, including the Chihuahua and the Miniature Pinscher, also contributed to the development of the Brazilian Terrier.

Due to this large genetic pool, the Brazilian Terrier often tends to be naturally healthier and hardier than several other purebred Terrier breeds. The Brazilian Terrier was created for the same reason in Brazil, as the other terrier breeds back in England, to hunt. Initially, the breed was most popular for its vermin catching and hunting abilities. For a country as agriculturally reliant as Brazil, good vermin controlling breed was regarded as an indispensable asset on farms and ranches, in order to protect crops from small rodents, such as rats. As farmers got accustomed to their dogs, they started to let them into their homes, where the Brazilian Terrier proved themselves to be excellent family companions too. Later, as hunting practices became more of a hobby, rather than a duty, the Brazilian Terrier became a well-known hunting companion among the hunter communities in Brazil. They used the breed as a vicious hunter to track down and to kill the smaller prey including foxes, rabbits, and hare. The breed usually hunted in packs, generally wearing the prey down by chasing and circling it, until the game was tired enough to be caught and killed. However, if it was necessary, the dogs were good at individual work too.

Even though the Brazilian Terrier has been in existence for multiple centuries now, the breed was recognized relatively late, by the Brazilian Kennel Club, in 1973, when their breed standard was drawn up. much later, in 2007 the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) finally registered the breed as a separate terrier breed. The Brazilian Terrier is considered to be a really rare breed, that is most popular in their native country, Brazil. Nowadays, the breed is usually kept as a family companion, a household pet, who is playful, smart, and affectionate with its owners.

Brazilian Terrier General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Brazilian Terrier size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Brazilian Terrier weigh? Brazilian Terrier weight:
15-20 pounds (7-9 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Brazilian Terrier? Brazilian Terrier average weight:
17.5 pounds (8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Brazilian Terrier? Brazilian Terrier height:
14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Brazilian Terrier average height:
15 inches (38.5 cm)

Brazilian Terrier Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Brazilian Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Brazilian Terrier's coat?
WhiteTricolorBlue Black
Grooming
How to groom the Brazilian Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The Brazilian Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Brazilian Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Brazilian Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Fox Paulistinha? Brazilian Terrier shedding level:
Brazilian Terriers are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Brazilian Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Brazilian Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyKeenAlertGentleRestless
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Brazilian Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Average: Brazilian Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Brazilian Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Brazilian Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Brazilian Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Brazilian Terrier sensitivity:
Brazilian Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Brazilian Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Fox Paulistinha need? Brazilian Terrier social needs:
Brazilian Terriers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Brazilian Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Terrier Brasileiro bark?
Average: The Brazilian Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Brazilian Terrier good as a watchdog?
Brazilian Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Brazilian Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Brazilian Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Brazilian Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Fox Paulistinha? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Brazilian Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Brazilian Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Brazilian Terrier do?
Brazilian Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Brazilian Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Brazilian Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Brazilian Terrier roam?
Brazilian Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Brazilian Terrier have high prey drive?
Brazilian Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Brazilian Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Brazilian Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Brazilian Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Brazilian Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Brazilian Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Brazilian Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Brazilian Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Brazilian Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Brazilian Terrier and children:
Brazilian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Brazilian Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Brazilian Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Brazilian Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Brazilian Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Brazilian Terriers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Brazilian Terrier can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Brazilian Terriers good office dogs? Do Brazilian Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Brazilian Terriers be office dogs?
No
Brazilian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Brazilian Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Fox Paulistinha temperament with senior people? Are Brazilian Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Brazilian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Brazilian Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Brazilian Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Brazilian Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Brazilian Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Brazilian Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Brazilian Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Brazilian Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Brazilian Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Brazilian Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Brazilian Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Brazilian Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Brazilian Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Brazilian Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Brazilian Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Brazilian Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Brazilian Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Brazilian Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Brazilian Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Brazilian Terrier dogs have health problems?
The Brazilian Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Brazilian Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Brazilian Terrier breed? Health risks of Brazilian Terrier:
Dental ProblemsEar InfectionsEye InfectionsLiver IssuesSkin Allergies
Life Expectancy
How long do Brazilian Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Brazilian Terrier be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Brazilian Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Brazilian Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Brazilian Terrier have?
Brazilian Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Brazilian Terrier dogs require per day?
Brazilian Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Brazilian Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Brazilian Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Brazilian Terrier risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Brazilian Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Brazilian Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Brazilian Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Brazilian Terrier drool?
The Brazilian Terrier is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Brazilian Terrier could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Brazilian Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Brazilian Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Brazilian Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Brazilian Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Brazilian Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-7 puppies

Brazilian Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Brazilian Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Brazilian Terriers are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Brazilian Terrier is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Child Friendly: Brazilian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Brazilian Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Brazilian Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Brazilian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Brazilian Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Brazilian Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Brazilian Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Brazilian Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Brazilian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • Deanna Zettlmeier

    Sep 17, 2019, 11:23:37 AM:

    Love my Brazilian terriers. I rescued them From a local shelter not knowing what they were. Brother and sister. They get along extremely well with my pit bull Definitely excellent family pets and companions