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Braziliaanse Terrier

The Brazilian Terrier, Terrier Brasileiro or Fox Paulistinha, is a Brazilian descendant of the Fox Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. Its ancestors may have been brought with Portuguese explorers in the 16th century to help keep pest levels on ships under control. A few centuries later, the sons of wealthy Brazilians returned from their studies in Europe with their companions, and the few Terrier specimens they had interbred to create this breed. Plantation owners started using them to hunt and eradicate vermin on their farm. Nowadays, the Brazilian Terrier, so popular in its native country, but little known elsewhere, makes a wonderful pet for the rather cramped apartments of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.

Following its recognition by the FCI, the Brazilian Terrier has recently begun to be exported for its hunting abilities, and for use as a companion animal. Though similar in features to most other terriers, the Brazilian Terrier is rather large. The average male will weigh up to 20 pounds and stand 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder, and the female will usually be only slightly smaller. The coat is smooth and short and its colour is white or tan, with brown, blue or black splashes of colour. It does not require frequent brushing, but some shedding does occur, depending on the individual. As a shedder, his hair may pose a problem to people with allergies and to those concerned with the...

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