Dog Breed

Brazilian Terrier

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Full Name
Brazilian Terrier
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Life Span
12 - 14 years
14 - 22 pounds

Restless, Keen, Alert, Friendly, Active, Gentle

Bred For
Pack Dog
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Brazilian Terrier good with children?

    The Brazilian Terrier is about average in how friendly they are with children. They can be friendly and loving with children, but we recommend that they get early socialization, and are not left alone with children for extended periods.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Brazilian Terrier friendly with strangers?

    The Brazilian Terrier is not automatically friendly with strangers and we would not recommend for a living situation with frequent guests.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Brazilian Terrier friendly with other dogs?

    The Brazilian Terrier is not naturally friendly with other dogs, but with a good amount of early socialization as a puppy they can learn to get along with most breeds of dog. Proper training is required before letting the Brazilian Terrier go off-leash or to dog parks.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Brazilian Terrier like to cuddle?

    The Brazilian Terrier appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!

    Does the Brazilian Terrier like to play?

    The Brazilian Terrier will almost always be ready for play! The Brazilian Terrier is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Brazilian Terrier make a good service dog?

    The Brazilian Terrier would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Brazilian Terrier good for first-time owners?

    The Brazilian Terrier is a good breed for first-time owners. A good fit for first-time owners are friendly breeds that are motivated to please their owner. This means they can be trained, and are rarely aggressive and overpowering.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Brazilian Terrier be trained?

    The Brazilian Terrier can be trained very well. With discipline and a routine training program the Brazilian Terrier can be incredibly well-trained.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Brazilian Terrier shed a lot?

    No! The Brazilian Terrier does not shed very much, and can be an excellent fit for someone who suffers from dog allergies.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Brazilian Terrier easy to groom?

    The Brazilian Terrier requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Brazilian Terrier to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Brazilian Terrier on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Brazilian Terrier need a lot of exercise?

    The Brazilian Terrier has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.

    How smart is the Brazilian Terrier?

    The Brazilian Terrier has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Brazilian Terrier bark? Does the Brazilian Terrier bark too much?

    The Brazilian Terrier barks all the time. They are big talkers, and want to show it! In general, barking and being expressive can be beneficial, such as for guarding property or livestock. But it is important to consider whether heavy barking suites your lifestyle.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Brazilian Terrier a good guard dog?

    The Brazilian Terrier can serve as an excellent guard dog. It is both physically intimidating and also enjoys having a "job" to protect its family and property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Brazilian Terrier good at staying alone? Is the Brazilian Terrier independent?

    The Brazilian Terrier is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Brazilian Terrier a good apartment dog?

    The Brazilian Terrier is an excellent dog breed for an apartment. Some daily exercise is still important, but if they get that then the apartment will be more than enough for them to call home.

    How big is the Brazilian Terrier?

    The Brazilian Terrier is one of the smallest dog breeds- suited well for apartment living and very convenient for travel.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Brazilian Terrier tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Brazilian Terrier?

    The Brazilian Terrier can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Brazilian Terrier tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Brazilian Terrier?

    The Brazilian Terrier does not tolerate cold weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Brazilian Terrier if you live in a very cold weather climate. Even if your home is warm, it can be inconvenient to go on walks, and you may need to have a sweater for your Brazilian Terrier.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Brazilian Terrier try to run away?

    The Brazilian Terrier does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Brazilian Terrier a healthy dog? The health of a Brazilian Terrier should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Brazilian Terrier is one of the healthiest breeds. Exercise and a high-quality diet are still high priorities, but overall the Brazilian Terrier has excellent health.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Brazilian Terrier?

    The Brazilian Terrier has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Brazilian Terrier into your home. Can you give your Brazilian Terrier enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Brazilian Terrier drool?

    The Brazilian Terrier does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Brazilian Terrier have a large prey drive? Does the Brazilian Terrier like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Brazilian Terrier has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.

    Is the Brazilian Terrier atheltic?

    The Brazilian Terrier is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
  1. Toy
  2. Toy Terrier
  3. Brazilian Terrier
The Brazilian Terrier is a purebred dog that belongs to the Toy Terrier sub group, which falls under the larger Toy dog breed group.
Toy group: Toy dogs are primarily characterized by their very small size. But don't let that fool you- if anything their personality and tenacity is higher than the average dog. In fact, even their protective instincts are above average! In fact, because of that it is crucial they get socialization with children and other dogs from an early age. Perhaps out of all dog groups, the toy dog group is the most difficult to put sub-groups into, since the sub groups also include larger dogs, and fall under other groupings. For example, the Pomeranian is a Toy Spitz dog, but there are also large Spitz dogs such as the Samoyed. Because the toy dog is both small and primarily bred for home companionship, they make excellent additions for a wide range of families. There are also practical benefits with toy dogs- they are great for apartment living, and traveling. Toy dogs are also loyal and love to cuddle, making them the ideal lap dog.
Toy Terrier sub-group: Expect craziness and cuteness all in one. The toy terrier is a toy dog that is very small, perfect for your lap, and will provide endless amounts of love. But at the same time, at their core they are a terrier- with a big personality and plenty of confidence that exceeds their size a hundred times over. They are very alert, so can even serve as a bit of a watchdog- certainly compared to other toy dogs. They were bred to hunt vermin, so they like when they have a job, and they have more energy than the average toy dog. Because of their proud personality, they may not be immediately friendly with strangers or other dogs.

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