Brazilian Terriers are alert and intelligent dogs, always ready for any kind of play. Sharp, enthusiastic and vigorous playmate of children, this breed is excellent with older kids who know right handling of dog. Active, energetic and lively, they tend to be boisterous in the house if not satisfied by their physical exercise. Their protective instinct is augmented by curious and suspecting stance to strangers, while excellent in sensing odd smells, sounds and other environmental changes. They suit to suburban dwellers preferably with large yards, farmers who have vermin problems and lively families with sense of humor.
Brazilian Terrier is a small-sized dog breed, strong, sturdy and enthusiastic with healthy activities. Build is smart, compact, slightly longer in length than in height, well muscled, flexible and agile with speedy chase. Furious vermin killer, they hold strong prey drive, high sensitivity and sprinting speeds. Gait is alert, free, and flawless with great reach and drive. Its coat is short and smooth mostly in tri-color. Its tail is usually docked, however curved in sickle naturally. Skull is flat like bully dogs, ears are folded, while glance is watchful, alert and keen. The overall expressions are inquisitive, alert, anticipating movement at any instant yet graceful and elegant.
Commonly called Fox Paulistinha, this Brazilian Terrier is one of the several terrier breeds resulted from combining Fox Terriers with other small dog breeds. The dog for common people, this breed holds the honor of being one out of two native breeds of Brazil. This breed is kept to alert owner for any intruder with loud bark. The most believed ancestor of this dog is Jack Russell Terrier that was brought to Brazil during 19th century. Some suggests the Miniature Pinschers and Chihuahuas did also contribute in the development of this breed. Well adapted and admired within Brazil, this breed is rare in rest of the world. They are bred to work either singly or in the form of pack, they are perfect watchdogs and sharp vermin hunters. It took a lot of time and was finally registered with local kennel club in Brazil during 1973. They surround their prey from all directions when attacking in the form of pack disabling the prey to move further.
The Brazilian Terrier is a fearless, alert while playful and loyal breed of dog, loving and caring to family and affectionate to children. They bond strongly, want to share all activities with you, vigorous playmate of kids, they thrive when among them, enjoy hide and search games, running around the house and other funny tricks to amuse them. Seems too springy and bouncy rather boisterous, it needs supervision with young toddlers. Sociable with other pets including dogs, they would be harmonious with them if grown together. Cats and other non-canine pets would be at high risk to be chosen as their prey. They must be accommodated in separate place. They chase vigorously while bark a lot.
Strangers are not welcomed but with alarm to owner, they hold strong protective instinct and loyalty for their family and its belongings. This curious and inquisitive instinct make them best watchdogs of compact size. This breed is trainable but with consistency, high commitment and patience, they need firm, strong and perfect pack leader able to exercise alpha dog authorities. They are not well suited with inexperienced handlers. Although they are small but high rambunctious, they may get stubborn to commands, however trainable for obedience with gentle, positive and reward based training. They do not respond to harsh training methods.
High energetic and jumpy, this dog should be kept well exercised with long walks, jogs and hikes. They would eagerly participate in vigorous play sessions in the yard, some can be trained to chase cats for fun only. They would be rambunctious and restless with destructive activities including excessive barking, chewing and digging if not satisfied for their physical and mental stimulation. Remember a tired dog is always a better dog at home with young kids. They are not good apartment dog for being too demanding in terms of physical exercises and highly vocal. Once bonded with family members, they would suffer separation anxiety if isolated for considerable long time, this fact would also raise behavioral issues in them.
Keep them in fenced yard when not supervising their activities or simply keep them leashed. They are perfect diggers and can dig across the fence to get escaped, base your fence deep with concrete foundations. They are good with older children while greet known friends warmly, however gentle with people who deal them politely. They return the affection in the form of faith, loyalty and devotion to owners. They are average shedders, you may have to work for their grooming as well as vacuum clean your house to make hair-free.
Owner Should Know
The Brazilian Terriers are healthy dogs yet prone to few health issues including eye, thyroid problems and skin allergies.
They may not be good for persons with dog allergies.
They are too boisterous, lively and active. They need extensive amount of daily exercise to stay satisfied.
They are extensive barkers; it could create panic among your neighbors. The Brazilian Terriers are not well suited for apartment life.
They hold strong prey drive, chase vigorously and dig a lot. Keep them leashed or in a secured, well based, high enough fenced yard.
Do not trust them with mice, rats even cats, they are perfect vermin killers. They are best for the families wanting a vermin free house.
They are perfect watchdogs
The Brazilian Terrier is very rare outside its home country. It may take time to find right puppy for you.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.