History of the Brazilian Terrier
Marina Vicari Lerario and her Brazilian Terrier,Pinguim do Toboão, FCI World Champion of the Breed, 1996.
The Brazilian Terrier, also known as Terrier Brasileiro or Fox Paulistinha, is one of only two dog breeds developed in Brazil. The breed began to develop around the turn of the 20th century when Brazilian students studying abroad brought back various small terriers for their family's farms. These terriers were bred with local dogs and the phenotype of the Brazilian Terrier was born. The Brazilian Terrier was originally bred for its skill as a ratter and hunter, however as lifestyles shifted from rural to urban, the Brazilian Terrier shifted its role to guardian and companion. Today, the Brazilian Terrier can be found throughout Brazil as a working farm dog or as a loving pet.
In the 1950's, as the Brazilian Terrier gained popularity and momentum, breeders sought registration for the dogs through the CBKC in Brazil. It wasn't until 1964 that the breed was accepted by the CBKC and the official FCI standard was published. Over the years, the breed's popularity declined and in 1973 the registrations were suspended. The Brazilian Terrier continued to be popular as a working terrier on farms and ranches. Conscientious breeders kept the stud books alive and continued to breed for type. The CBKC reopened the registration books in 1994 thanks in much part to the efforts of Marina Vicari Lerario, president of the Clube de Fox Paulistinha in Brazil. The breed has made a remarkable comeback as a popular breed in their home country. They have also gained popularity in Europe and are just emerging as a breed in the USA.