Brazilian Terrier

Terrier Brasileiro

Although his purpose in Brazil is still to protect haciendas, he is also very popular as a companion dog. His affectionate character and total devotion to his family allow him to enjoy the status of a companion in life, as much as one of guardian of farmlands or homes of his country. Even though his ancestor comes from Europe, his roots are more Brazilian than European, and his adopted country became Brazil. His guardian functions, well appreciated in haciendas, make the Brazilian Terrier a full Brazilian dog.

Height 33 to 40 cm
Weight 7 to 10 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 14 years
Home country Brazil

Quick Overview of the Brazilian Terrier


  • Happy and vigilant
  • Lively and sociable
  • Affectionate
  • Loves children


  • Slender and well proportioned
  • Solid build without being heavy
  • Beautiful curved lines
  • Fine, smooth and short coat


  • No particular pathology
  • Generally enjoys excellent health
  • Good life expectancy

Temperament of the Brazilian Terrier

Cheerful, vigilant, lively, sociable and affectionate, the Brazilian Terrier has great qualities as companion dog.

He adores children, and greatly appreciates his master, whom he has generally chooses himself.

He is slightly stubborn, like any Terrier, and a very good guardian. He is suspicious of strangers, and his courage is unfailing. He will defend his family if he feels the need.

Cohabitation with other dogs is not natural and must be instilled in him very early.

On the other hand, he is sociable with humans, especially younger ones. He loves to entertain them and make them laugh.

Breed Appearance

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Medium size, the Brazilian Terrier is slender, well proportioned, and has a solid build without being heavy.

His silhouette has beautiful curved lines, and thus distinguishes him from his canine counterpart, the Smooth Fox Terrier.


Between 35 and 40 cm (13.78 to 15.75 inches) for the male
Between 33 and 38 cm (12.99 to 14.96 inches) for the female


Between 7 and 10 kg (15.43 to 22.05 pounds) for the male
Between 7 and 10 kg (15.43 to 22.05 pounds) for the female


His dress has a white background, with blue, black or brown spots.


His fine coat is smooth and short.


His head has a rounded skull and a pronounced stop. His large, set eyes are prominent, and his gaze is mostly directed forward.

His ears, set at eye level, are triangular in shape and carried forward in a semi erect way.

His truffle is dark. His tail is set low and quite short. It may or may not be cut.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group , section and is #

Health of the Brazilian Terrier

No particular pathology affects the breed, and the Brazilian Terrier  generally enjoys excellent health and life expectancy.


No special maintenance is necessary, except brushing from time to time.

History of this breed

Despite what his name suggests, the Brazilian Terrier would not have Brazilian ancestors at the origin, but European ones.

In the 19th century, many young Brazilians then attended universities in England and France. They often returned to their country of origin with a wife, and she would bring back a small Terrier with her.

These small Terriers would then have crossed their genes with those of the native Brazilian dogs, and thus have developed the Brazilian Terrier, whose type really settled after a few generations.

Renowned then to hunt pests, and thus protect homes in Brazil, the Brazilian Terrier is now widely used as a companion dog.

He entered France around 1980, but was not officially recognized until 1981. Even today, he is used in Brazil to protect haciendas (farm), but also thanks to his great qualities, as life companion.

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