brazilian terrier breed information
common health issues
The Brazilian Terrier is one of Brazil’s two native breeds, along with the Brazilian Fila, or Fila Brasiliero. His other common name, Fox Paulistinha, translates as “little fox terrier from São Paulo”, which gives some insight to his origin. His ancestors were Jack Russell Terriers, brought from Europe in the 19th century, as well as Miniature Pinschers and large Chihuahuas. Commonly used either in packs or alone for hunting small vermin, today he is rarely found outside his native Brazil.
The Brazilian Terrier is a small dog, weighing between 15 and 20 lbs. His short, smooth coat is always tri-color (white and tan with black), and requires no more than an occasional brushing.
Like his Jack Russell cousins, the Brazilian Terrier is alert, intelligent, friendly and playful. Like most terriers, he needs a firm foundation in obedience training to keep his willful personality in line. He also does best with plenty of space to run, for although he is a small dog, he has boundless energy and needs plenty of mental and physical exertion to keep him happy. However, gardeners beware – it takes a watchful eye to ensure he doesn’t re-arrange your flower beds with his digging! Other favorite pastimes include barking and keeping watch over the home and family.
Inexhaustibility aside, the Brazilian Terrier is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Brazilian Terriers are prone to include skin conditions such as atopy; thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism; and musculoskeletal conditions such as mucopolysaccharidosis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Brazilian Terrier inherits anything more than an interest in gardening, you’re covered.