Brazilian Terrier

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Brazilian Terrier
Brazilian Terrier
Other namesFox Paulistinha
Terrier Brasileiro
Weight 10 kg (22 lb) approximately.[1]
Height Male 35–40 cm (14–16 in)
Female 33–38 cm (13–15 in)
Coat Short, smooth and fine.
Colour White with tan markings and the main colours black, brown, blue or isabela
Classification / standards
FCI Group 3 Terriers, Section 1 Large/medium-sized #341 standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Brazilian Terrier is a breed of dog developed in Brazil. It is one of several terriers and one of the two worldwide recognized native breeds of Brazil.[2][3]



The earliest speculation about the origin of the breed theorizes that Jack Russell Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers and Fox Terriers were brought to Brazil from Europe in the 1800s and served as the nearest ancestor of the Brazilian Terrier.[4] And perhaps other breeds such as Miniature Pinschers and large Chihuahuas were also crossed with Jack Russell Terriers to develop this dog.[citation needed]

However the most plausible theory is that the breed is derived from Spanish breeds such as the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz and Ratonero valenciano brought to Brazil in vessels during the period of the Iberian Union.[5]

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.[6] Its coat is always tri-color (white, tan and black or white, tan and blue or white, tan and brown). 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 fair and consistent training, otherwise, they can become destructive. 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 for it to become destructive and restless if kept indoors, therefore long daily walks are the best option.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FCI - Brazilian Terrier breed standard
  2. ^ FCI - Terrier group
  3. ^ FCI - Group 2 : Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs. Section: 2 Molossian type - 2.1 Mastiff type
  4. ^ AdoroCã Site - Terrier brasileiro (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ AdoroCã Site - Terrier brasileiro (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ The Dog Encyclopedia. London: DK Publishing. 2013. p. 210. ISBN 9781409364214. Retrieved 19 September 2014.

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