There are only two breeds of dogs native to Brazil. Apart from the Brazilian Terrier, the other one is the Fila Brasileiro.

Brazilian Terrier

Brazilian Terriers are said to be direct descendants of the Jack Russell Terriers (a breed that was brought in from Europe during the 19th century).

In some reports, crossing Miniature Pinschers, Chihuahuas, and Fox Terriers have contributed to the development of this particular breed.

They have been known to work in packs as well as hunting foxes and other animals that might be in the way of farmlands.

It is commonly known as “the dog of the layman” in Brazil. Families keep this dog in their homes to warn and protect them and their livestock from thieves or housebreakers.

The Brazilian Terrier is a very popular pet in Brazil but remains almost unknown elsewhere. Been in existence for over 100 years, the breed, however, has only been registered by dog clubs in the year 1973.

Traits and Behavior

Brazilian Terrier on the bed

The Brazilian Terriers are very faithful, affectionate and extremely protective to their owners and family members.

If they sense the arrival of an opponent, it is their reflex action to fiercely strike out anytime and anywhere without having second thoughts or any hint of fear, just to defend the people, animals, or even things they hold so dearly.

The breed has inherited the abilities of a guard dog which explains why this specific dog is very submissive towards its master, always ready to take orders.

Brazilian Terriers have also a high level of energy and intellectual capacity that they need a daily dose of exercise and mental stimulation.

Since they require a lot of exercise, a dog owner is advised to provide a Brazilian Terrier with long walks and the opportunity to run freely around wide-open spaces.

Pet Care and Diseases

So far, there are no known health issues that exist predominantly in all Brazilian Terriers, except for hip dysplasia that is common at an old age. Like any canine breed, you must make sure they are up to date on all vaccinations, de-wormings and other prophylactic or preventive measures.

Brazilian Terrier with blanket

It is also suggested by most veterinarians that you take your pet in for a routine check-up at least twice a year.

They also need grooming (brushing of hair) at least twice a week or else they will shed much more than what is expected from them.

For these dogs, bathe them at least once a month and use only a special shampoo indicated only to this type of breed.

During summer, especially in very humid areas, intense heat can cause discomfort to any dog.

The best interventions are to trim the excess hair, avoid bringing the dog outside, and ensure that your dog is placed in a well-ventilated area, hence it might suffer heatstroke.

This dog is not suitable for an apartment-type living condition. House fencing should ideally be about 5 feet high.


These small dogs have weights between 15-20 pounds. They typically grow to a height of 14-16 inches. They have a large round head (triangular skull) with floppy ears that are sometimes bent or go upwards.

Some of their tails are docked or are kept in their natural state. They have long limbs and a thin but well-muscled body structure covered with short a coat of hair. Their short, smooth coats are white and tan with black, brown, or blue hues. They have an alert facial expression as if they are always anticipating any sudden movement.

Brazilian Terrier tongue out

General Information

The estimated life of a Brazilian Terrier is 12-14 years. A litter may be composed of 3-6 puppies. Its other names are the Fox Paulistinha and the Terrier Brasileiro.

Breed Club

Visit this dog club website dedicated to Brazilian Terriers. Click this link:


Featured Video

Watch this video: “O nosso Terrier Brasileiro. Fox Paulistinha. Brazilian Terrier.”