- Breed Standard -
The Brazilian Terrier was first bred to hunt small game, and guard farms.
They are restless, alert, active and keen in temperament. Gentle and friendly dogs to friends and family.
The first of the dog breed came from when a lot of young Brazilian students stayed in European universities, mostly in France and England. They brought with them the terrier type dogs to Brazil, when they returned there after their studies.
They went back to their farms, and the dogs quickly adapted to farm life in Brazil, mixing with the local dogs and bitches, and a new model of dog was shaped and the phenotype was fixed within a few generations.
As Brazil developed more big cities, dog breeders took an intrest the dogs have now gone back to being a city dog, in the great urban centuries in Brazil.
It is now a friendly and loyal pet, who still has a lot of hunting instinct and great amounts of energy to spend.
Does this breed suit your lifestyle?
The high energy and smooth body makes a wonderful hiking companion. They will need a lot of activity, and entertaining. Can easily become restless in a calm household. Excellent dogs for Agility or obedience training. Or just an active life with a outdoorsy family.
Breed Standard (As listen in FCI)
Other names: Terrier Brasileiro
Group 3- Terriers
Classification: Large and medium sized Terriers
Official breed in FCO since – 21.05.2007
Medium-sized dog, slender, well
balanced, with firm but not too heavy structure, body of square
appearance with clean curved lines that distinguish him from the
smooth Fox Terrier with square lines.
Head – Viewed from the top, the head is triangular in shape, broad at
its base, with ears well apart, narrowing notably from the eyes to the
nose tip. Viewed in profile, the upper line rises slightly from the tip
of the nose to the stop, sharply between the eyes and continues to the
occipital bone with a slight convexity.
Skull – Rounded with moderately flat forehead. Its side lines, seen from the top, converge to the eyes. The distance from the external
eye-corner to the attachment of the ears is equal to the distance between the two external eye-corners.
Mediofrontal groove well developed.
Stop – Pronounced.
Nose – Moderately developed, dark coloured with wide nostrils.
Muzzle – Viewed from the top, it describes an isosceles triangle from both external eye-corners to the tip of the nose; strong and well chiselled under the eyes with a sloping root of muzzle, accentuating the stop.
Lips – Dry, tight, the upper lip just over the lower, covering the teeth, allowing to close the mouth completely.
Cheek – Dry, well developed.
Teeth – 42 teeth, regularly set and well developed, scissors bite.
Eyes – Set halfway from the occipital protuberance to the nose tip, well apart, the distance between the two external eye-corners being equal to the distance from the external eye-corner to the nose tip.
Looking straight forward, moderately prominent, large with slightly accentuated eyebrows. Roundish, well opened, alive, with a keen expression; as dark as possible. The blue variety has bluish gray, the brown variety brown, green or blue eyes.
Ears – Set on laterally, in line with the eyes, well apart from each other and leaving good space for the skull.
Triangular shaped with pointed tips; carried half-pricked, with the folded tip falling down and pointing to the external eye-corner. Ears are not cropped.
Neck – Of moderate length, well balanced in relation with the head, harmoniously set to head and trunk.
Clean, dry; upper line slightly curved.
Body – Well balanced, not too heavy, square appearance with clean curved lines.
Withers – Well pronounced and harmoniously connected to the front legs.
Topline – Firm and straight, going slightly upwards from the withers to the croup.
Back – Relatively short and well muscled.
Loin – Short and firm, harmoniously connected to the croup.
Croup – Slightly sloping, low set tail. Well developed and muscled.
Forechest – Not very pronounced, moderately broad, allowing free movement of the forelegs.
Chest – Long, deep, reaching to the level of the elbows. Sternum long with well arched oval ribs; being horizontal, the sternum is moderately curved.
Underline and belly - Slightly curved, rising to the rear but no whippet-like tuck up.
Tail – In the country of origin customarily docked but it can be naturally short or long; in the latter case, it does not reach below the
hock. Low set, short, docked at the joint between the second and the third caudal vertebra.
Natural tail - Short, not reaching to hocks, low set, of good strength, carried gaily, not curled over the back.
General appearance – Viewed from the front straight, moderately apart, but in line with the hind legs, which are also straight, but more
Shoulders – Long, bent in a 110° to 120 ° angle.
Upper arms – Approximately the same length as the shoulder-blade.
Elbows – Set tightly to the body, at the same level as the chest
Forearms – Straight, thin and dry.
Carpal joints (Carpi, wrists) – Open angle.
Pasterns – Straight, thin.
Forefeet – Tight, neither turned in nor out; hare feet; the two median toes are longer.
General appearance – Strongly muscled, well developed thighs, legs in proportion to the thighs. High set hocks with obtuse angle.
Upper thighs – Well developed and muscled.
Stifles – Obtuse angulation.
Lower thighs – In proportion to the size of the upper thighs.
Hocks – High, obtuse angulation.
Metatarsi (Rear pasterns) – Straight.
Hind feet – Tight, longer than the forefeet.
Gait/Movement – Elegant, free, short and quick movement.
Skin – Well applied, not loose. Dry.
Hair- Short-haired, smooth, fine but not soft, laid close to the skin, in the type of rat’s hair.
One cannot see the skin through it.
Finer on the head, ears, under the neck, on inner and lower parts of forequarters and backside of the thighs.
Color – Ground color predominant white with black, brown or blue markings; the following typical and characteristic markings must always be present : tan markings above the eyes, on both sides of the muzzle and inside and on edge of ears. These tan markings may extend to other body regions bordering markings.
The head must always present black, brown or blue markings in the frontal region and ears; there may be a white blaze and white marks preferably on the frontal groove and lateral parts of the muzzle, distributed as harmoniously as possible.
Size and Weigh -
Height at the withers – males from 35 to 40 cm
Bitches from 33 to 38 cm
Weight – Maximum 10 kg.
FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
• Lack in structure.
• Legs not upright.
• Long or atypical hair.
• Faults in the typical characteristic markings.
• Fully erect ear.
• Too heavy or too loose shoulders.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS -
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Croup not slightly sloping.
• Overshot or undershot bite.
• Lack of harmony, atypical build.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for breeding.