Brazilian terrier

Other names: Terrier Brasileiro, Fox Paulistinha

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The Brazilian Terrier is a small to medium-sized dog, of both light and robust construction, with a body as long as it is high at the withers and therefore writable in a square. It differs from the short-haired Fox Terrier by its more rounded lines. The gaits of the Brazilian Terrier are characterized by elegant, flexible, rapid movements and close strides.



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Hair type Short
Origin Brazil
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 7 kg to 10 kg From 30 cm to 38 cm
Male From 7 kg to 10 kg From 34 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

The origins of the Brazilian Terrier back to the 19th century and early next century, when young Brazilians doing their studies in Europe returned to the country with Terrier type dogs. The latter have adapted to life on Brazilian farms and crossbreeds have taken place with local dogs. This is how the breed was developed in Brazil by gradually setting its standards through structured breeding.

Brazilian Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: short, fine and smooth, but covering the skin well. Even less thick on the head, ears, under the neck, as well as on the lower and inner surfaces of the forelimbs.
Its color: white with black, brown or blue markings above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, inside and at the edge of the ears.
Its head: triangular in shape, wide, well spaced between the ears, tapering towards the end of the muzzle. The skull is rounded and slightly flattened at the level of the forehead, the frontal furrow well developed, the pronounced stop, the nose of dark color, the nostrils well open, the strong and well defined muzzle, the lips tight, dry and well joined, the jaws well developed and scissor bite, cheeks dry and well developed.
Its ears: set wide apart, set on the sides at eye level, triangular in shape, semi-erect and ending in a point.
His eyes: rounded, wide open, rather large, slightly prominent, gray-blue, brown, green or blue, displaying a lively and alert expression.
His body: balanced, without heaviness and with rounded lines. The neck is of moderate length, the topline straight and firm, the withers well extended, the back short and muscular, the loins firm, the croup moderately sloping and well muscled, the chest of moderate width, the sternum long, the ribs well arched and the bottom line slightly raised towards the rear, but not whipped up.
Its tail: set low, short, rather thick and carried high, never rolled up on the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Brazilian terrier   is an alert, very active, intelligent and lively dog . He is naturally friendly and cheerful towards his master and his family. In contrast, the Brazilian Terrier is much more reserved towards foreigners. It is therefore a good alert dog that will signal any approach of intruders on the property of its owners. Nevertheless, it is mainly as a small game hunting dog and companion dog that he is known.

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For this kind of active dog, it is recommended to ensure that the recall is integrated from an early age , as well as the other basic orders. The Brazilian Terrier also needs quality socialization . His education requires a minimum of firmness and a lot of gentleness, patience and encouragement.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Brazilian terrier   is a dog capable of familiarizing himself with all living environments , whether urban or closer to nature.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Brazilian terrier   is a hardy and robust dog , characterized by solid health . There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Brazilian Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Brazilian terrier   is subject to a moderate moult during which it loses little hair. Its maintenance is very simple because of its small size and its short coat. He only calls for basic care, but which should not be neglected.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week , to wash it only occasionally , to regularly inspect and clean its ears, skin, eyes and pads after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Brazilian Terrier is between 800 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 400

The annual maintenance cost of a Brazilian Terrier is between € 250 and € 400.

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The Brazilian Terrier needs a quality diet , adapted to its level of physical activity, its size and its age. A meal , preferably in the evening, is enough for him.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Brazilian terrier   needs frequent and long daily outings because he has a lot of energy and liveliness to express. Leaving him bored would encourage the development of undesirable behavior. Any activity that calls on his physical and mental abilities will suit him: long walks, agility, throwing objects to bring back, etc.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1995


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