Barbado da Terceira

barbado da terceira

About Barbado da Terceira

Life Span
Getting a puppy home


Barbado da Terceira requires human contact and does not heat the kennel or to be left alone. Barbado da Teresira’s greatest pleasure is to please her boss and therefore it is easy to train her. Barbado da Terceira is a vocal breed that is often a bully to other dogs but is sweet to its owner and family members, both human and non-human. Barbado da Teresira likes to be a part of the family and if well trained, she can be a gentleman or woman in any place. Barbado da Teresira loves company, walks and exercise.

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The medium-sized Barbado da Terceira (BDT) was brought to the Portuguese island of Terceira, one of the archipelago that made up the Azore Islands, settling in the 1500s to protect wild cattle and livestock. The Azores are autonomous islands in the Mid Atlantic.

There are many hypotheses about the origin of the breed, but most likely the barbedo comes from medium-sized long-haired herring and / or cattle dogs that exist throughout Europe. The breed may have come from a similar stock of dogs, giving rise to similar, but morphologically distinct, history of settlement of the Azores islands by the Azorean Cattle Dog, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Belgian, Flemish. , English, Dutch, et. On.

A protocol of action for the recognition of the official Portuguese kennel club, “Barbado da Teresira”, was signed by the CPC in April 2004, under the direction of Carla Molinari, President of Clube Português de Canicultura (CPS). Direcção Regional do Desenvolvimento Agrário (Regional Directive of Agricultural Development) and Azores University. The first provisional standard of Barbado da Teresira was presented in 2005 to members of the CPC General Assembly.

The breed was only brought to the mainland of Portugal at the end of the 20th century. Barbado’s popularity as a pet, shepherd and show dog is growing in Portugal and abroad and is facilitated by the CPC, Essoiacao açorana dos creodores dos cubes barbados da ilis teresira (The Azorean Association of Barbados Dog Breeders of Terceira Island) . , And Clab Portugas do Barbado da Teresira (CPBT).

In 2018, the first two BDTs were brought from the mainland of Maris, U.S.A., the island of Terceira, and Portugal. BDT is officially recognized:

  • Clube Português de Canicultura (Portugal)
  • Société Royale Saint-Hubert (Belgium)
  • Societe Centrale Canine (France)

General Appearance

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This dog breed does not reuire too much grroming. This breed is one of the best ones for apartments. They have very little drooling tendency.


This breed is prone to health issues and are also prone to allergies. They are not kids friendly neither are they cat friendly.
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The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days

The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.




Puppies should be fed puppy food until maturity, approximately twelve months. Rustic breeds require premium food, but do not require super premiums. They may be given chondroitin, glucosamine, and calcium supplements for balanced growth. They should be fed three times per day until the age of four months, and twice a day thereafter. Barbado da Teresira is not at risk of being overweight, so free feeding is also fine if preferred


Daily exercise is important. These dogs are so smart that they need to be mentally, as well as physically stimulated.

They are not liked to live in the house and close to their people. They are territorial to their home and yard, so it should be looked after if dogs live nearby.

Barbado da Teresira is happiest when he has a herd of cows, but if these are not available, there will be a ball. They will voluntarily walk, hike, or walk with their human. Agility courses and herring courses, if available, are also great options for those who do not live on the farm. Owners whose flowers are eaten by deer will be in awe with the agility with which Barbado da Terceira takes them far and wide from their homes.

Barbado da Teresira will have a mind and vocal when playing with each other. Other breeds may initially be confused with the earnest game of BTD, but they quickly become accustomed to it.


Barbado da Teresira has a tendency for hip dysplasia.

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