Barbado da Terceira

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Barbado da Terceira History

The Barbada da Terceira is a Portuguese herding and guard dog. It is also known as the Terceirense Cattle Dog, the Azorean Cattle Dog, the Acoreano Apaixonado (“ardent lover”), the Acoreano Moita (“moated one”), the Acoreana da Terra (“land Acoreana”), the Açoriano (“Azorean”), and the Arruda. (The latter two names refer specifically to the dog’s coat color.) It is a muscular, medium-sized, sturdy, and agile dog, with an abundant, double, long, and thick coat. Its tail is carried low. The origin of the name “Barbada” is unclear. The Portuguese words “barba” (“beard” or “moustache”) and “da” (“of”) are superfluous in this case, being unnecessary since the breed has no beard. The origin of the word “Terra” (“earth”) is also unclear. The Portuguese word “terra” (“land”) is similarly redundant, as it has nothing to do with the coat color.

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Barbado da Terceira Physical Characteristics

The Barbado da Terceira is a medium-large, broad-chested, short-haired, and muscular hunting breed that is found in Portugal. They range from 29 to 32 inches at the withers and weigh from 60 to 80 lb. They are known for their intelligence and pleasing temperament.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 20 – 23 inches

Female Height Range: 19 – 21 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 66 lbs

Female Weight Range: 46 – 57 lbs

Barbado da Terceira Health

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Barbado da Terceira Health Concerns

Barbado da Terceira Temperament and Behaviour

The Barbado da Terceira is a gentle, loving, and loyal dog breed. They are great with children and other pets, and make excellent companion animals. They are intelligent and easily trained, and are known for their calm and even temperament.

Barbado da Terceira Activity Requirements

The Barbado da Terceira is a medium-sized, herder-type dog. This agile, athletic herding dog was once used to herd cattle, sheep, and geese. This high-energy, fun-loving, and loyal canine requires a lot of attention and exercise. They will need at least one long, brisk walk each day. They need time outside, playing in the yard. When training a Barbado da Terceira, it is important to start early and establish an exercise routine. Without enough exercise and stimulation, these dogs can become bored and destructive.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Barbado da Terceira is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Barbado da Terceira is part of the group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Barbado da Terceira is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Barbado da Terceira is part of the Unclassified group.

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