Brazilian Terrier

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Brazilian Terrier
Brazilian terrier Koira 2013.JPG
Brazilian Terrier
Other names Fox Paulistinha
Terrier Brasileiro
Origin Brazil
Weight Up to 10 kg (22 lb)
Height Male 35–40 cm (14–16 in)
Female 33–38 cm (13–15 in)
Coat Short, smooth and fine.
Colour White with black, brown or blue markings
Classification / standards
FCI Group 3, Section 1 #341 standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Brazilian Terrier, commonly called Fox Paulistinha, is a breed of dog developed in Brazil. It is one of several terriers probably descended from the combining of the Fox Terrier with other small breeds.



The Brazilian Terrier is one of the two native breeds of Brazil. Jack Russell Terriers were brought to Brazil from Europe in the 1800s and served as the nearest ancestor of the Brazilian Terrier. Breeds such as Miniature Pinschers and large Chihuahuas were also crossed with J.R. Terriers to develop this dog. It is said that this kind of breed is rarely found outside Brazil.


This terrier stands between 13-16 in (35.5-40.5 cm) at the withers.[1] Its coat is always tri-color (white and tan with black). A docked tail, narrow chest, flat triangular skull and a well balanced body are the most common characteristics. The ears are half-pricked and folded, with the tip falling down.


Brazilian Terrier

The temperament of this breed is very similar to a Jack Russell Terrier, very alert, perky and intelligent. Very friendly, loves to play and dig holes. Spirited and obedient but fearless, as watchdogs they will only bark to get your attention and then leave the rest up to you. This breed needs a firm, consistent and confident pack leader, otherwise, they will become willful and determined. Their hunting instinct is the strongest among average terriers and should not be trusted with other small animals.

Living conditions, exercise, and grooming[edit]

Small apartments or spaces are not good for this type of dog, because they are very active, an average size yard is highly recommended. It also needs both physical and mental activities to be happy, a common tendency is becoming destructive and restless if kept indoor, long daily walks is the best option.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Dog Encyclopedia. London: DK Publishing. 2013. p. 210. ISBN 9781409364214. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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