Brazilian Terrier FCI Standard
During the last half of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century, Brazil built up tight economic and social connection with a few European states. Among affluent and rich Brazilian families it was prestigious to send their sons to European universities, particularly those in France and England. At that time in these countries various types of terriers as the Fox Terrier, the Jack Russell Terrier, and the Black and Tan Terrier were popular among fox hunters. Lots of Brazilian students adopted these dogs for its initial purpose, or just for companionship. The youngsters often married European women and took them to Brazil. These European ladies preferred smaller dogs and were usually escorted by the Miniature Pinscher, Chihuahua, and Toy Fox Terrier. These breeds were truly versatile and also severed as barnyard ratters. As the young men with their wives came back to Brazil, they brought the dogs with them. The Brazilian Terrier resulted from interbreeding these two groups of dogs with the Podengo Portugues/Native American Dog cross type. The breed was originally named Fox Paulistinha, which means «Fox Terrier of Sao Paulo».
In following years the Brazilian Terrier served a great deal for agricultural pest’s control on the fields of Brazilian farmers. The breed is an excellent hunting dog, well-accommodated for hot Brazilian climate. The dog was also widely used for sport hunting, popular pastime in that period.
Gradually the breed spread all over the country and nowadays enjoys wide popularity. Though the Brazilian Terrier is unique and pure breed it didn’t achieve any significant number outside the homeland. In 2007 this dog became one of the third Brazilian breeds recognised by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
The Brazilian Terrier is aloof with strangers and won’t tolerate invasion in its personal space. It is also very alert and quite noisy which males this breed a great watchdog.
The Brazilian Terrier is used to hunt in packs so there shouldn’t be any problems with other canine animals. Majority of the breed members can stand the presence of other dogs but some of them will express significant dog aggression.
This breed a strong prey drive that undoubtedly spreads on small home pets so the cohabitation with them is not an option. When the Brazilian Terrier and other animal of the same size or larger are raised together the dog usually won’t harass it. It doesn’t refer to small home creatures as the breed most certainly can’t be trusted with them.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• patellar luxation;
• demodex mange;
• ear infections;
The Brazilian Terrier is not so willing to please as other breeds and tends to follow its own wishes. Most members are mulish and headstrong but it is manifested in much lesser extent compared with other terriers.
The methods founded on positive reinforcement and praise are more appropriate for the Brazilian Terrier than techniques based on harsh treatment and screaming. However, there is no guarantee of success in its training.
The Brazilian Terrier needs both mental and physical stimulation. It’s an eager runner so it will make a wonderful jogging companion but much more appreciate to surf a securely fenced territory off-leash. Naturally, the dog can get accustomed to urban life though it will feel itself much more comfortable in a home with spacious yard.