The Brazilian Terrier is a dog breed that received recognition from dog handlers only in 1995; it is a cheerful and cheerful animal, excellent hunters, guards and companions. Owners call their pets “perpetual motion machines” as the dog can run and play endlessly. Family members will love the dog for its affectionate and friendly disposition.
The breed was bred in the late 19th – early 20th centuries in Latin America, but there is no exact information about the progenitor. According to one version, young Brazilians actively traveled outside the country to study at European universities, from where they brought terrier dogs. They were crossed with local canine breeds until a certain phenotype was obtained.
According to another version, the ancestors of dogs were fox terriers and other medium-sized dogs, which sailors used on ships to kill rats. Later, animals appeared in Brazil, the exterior of which looked like rat catchers from ships.
The Brazilian Terrier is a lean, harmoniously built dog with a muscular body. These are animals of medium size, their growth at the withers does not exceed 40 cm, females are smaller – up to 35 cm. Pets weigh from 6.5 to 10 kg.
The color of the breed is white with black, brown or blue markings. The coat is smooth, short, moderately soft, it fits snugly to the body, the skin is not visible through it.
The head is triangular in shape with a slightly flattened forehead, the muzzle tapers towards the nose. The eyes are large, rounded, the color can be brown, green or blue. The ears are semi-erect, triangular in shape, their tips falling to the outer corners of the eyes. The shape of the body is rectangular, the limbs are long, straight, with a well-defined relief. The neck is long and sinewy.
Brazilian Terriers are cheerful active dogs. They are tireless companions of the owner, ready to accompany him on long walks. The breed is perfect for people with a dynamic lifestyle, but it will be difficult for the elderly to cope with it. Brazilian Terriers have a lively temperament: they are inquisitive, very playful and mobile. Tied to family members, affectionate with children, but do not tolerate familiar treatment.
Dogs have excellent watchdog qualities; with the help of a loud bark, they will notify the owner about the approach of an outsider. They are wary of strangers, although they are not very aggressive. Brazilians will not behave quietly and measuredly, restlessness is in their blood. Do not feed dogs of this breed with bread, just let them run and bark.
Animals show affection and friendliness to their owners, but they have their own opinion. They can defend their privacy and will not tolerate harsh treatment. Brazilians get along well with children over 8 years old, but it is better to limit communication with babies. The degree of affection for family members varies. Some pets can fondle endlessly, while others show an independent character.
Since the breed was bred to kill rodents, Brazilian Terriers show their hunting qualities in relation to small animals. Do not leave them alone with pets if they do not belong to the canine family. Having released the dog for a walk, residents of a private house will be surprised by the “trophy” brought in in the form of half-dead small animals.
They show loyalty to their relatives, but they do not demonstrate friendliness. With proper upbringing, Brazilian Terriers get along well with other dogs and do not show aggressiveness.
This is a hunting breed (for small animals), can be used as a watchman and as a companion. They achieve high results in dog competitions in overcoming obstacles.
The Brazilian Terrier adapts well to urban life, but requires long walks. You cannot ignore his agile disposition, so you will have to walk with your pet for at least an hour a day to maintain his physical shape and health. The best place for a dog to live would be a country house where there is room for movement. However, in frosts, you should not let your pet out for a long time, so the owner, in any case, should devote time to him.
Caring for the coat consists in periodically brushing with a stiff-bristled brush or a special glove. It is often not recommended to bathe the animal, as detergents remove grease from the coat. For washing, purchase a fragrance-free shampoo to avoid allergies and skin irritation.
The nails do not grind down on their own, so they should be trimmed regularly. Inspect your ears and eyes periodically and clean them as needed.
Animals are unpretentious in nutrition and can adapt to any diet. An adult dog is fed with natural products twice a day. The menu can include meat and offal, cereals, vegetables. The ban applies to sweets, salty foods, flour products and bones.
If dry food is chosen for feeding, it is better to stick to one brand. In this case, natural products should make up no more than 30% of the diet. Wet (soft) food for small breed dogs is also suitable.
Since the animal is prone to allergic reactions, vitamin and mineral supplements should be purchased in consultation with your veterinarian.
Brazilian Terriers are intelligent and have a good memory, but can be stubborn during training. They are not as eager to please the owner as dogs of other breeds. It is almost impossible to achieve command execution through coercion and punishment. In the process of training, perseverance is required from the owner, the animal should be encouraged with the help of praise and delicacies. Best of all, dogs learn commands in the form of a game. Train your pets to perform various tricks, such as fetching slippers or jumping over an obstacle.
Since Brazilian Terriers are “vociferous” dogs, it can be difficult to silence them. With proper training, the animal understands that the owner is a leader, and not just a partner for games. If the dog is stubborn, you can use the services of a professional trainer.