Barbado da Terceira

Barbado da Terceira

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The Barbado da Terceira is a medium-sized herder who can make a great companion and family dog. Breed characteristics include intelligence, ease of training, docility, wilfulness, joy, and sensitivity. There is a need for an experienced and loving owner for BDTs, as they are athletic animals.

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46-60 pound


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Hip dysplasia

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What is Hip Dysplasia?

It is a genetic health issue where the hip or elbow joints loosen up and cause dysfunction and pain. It usually occurs in the growing stage of the dogs. Over time, this may result in arthritis, muscle atrophy, and limitations in mobility.

Clinical Signs:

  • Lethargy

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Difficulty or reluctance in climbing stairs, rising, jumping, or running

  • Loss of muscle mass in the thighs

  • Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles

  • Flinching when the lower back muscles are touched


  • Chiropractic therapy

  • Supplements for joints

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Surgery

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Affectionate and Joyful. They have a very loving personality.


They are typically playful and active around the families.


They can be very affectionate

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A slightly wavy coat is often described as being characteristic of the Barbado da Terceira.


There are usually black, fawn, yellow, and grey coats on Barbado da Terceira’s.




Two to three times a week should be enough to brush the coat.


They can be easy to train.

The Barbado da Terceira is a medium-sized herder who can make a great companion and family dog. Breed characteristics include intelligence, ease of training, docility, wilfulness, joy, and sensitivity. There is a need for an experienced and loving owner for BDTs, as they are athletic animals. A Barbado da Terceira's coat is usually a mix of black, fawn, yellow, and grey. Often, it is described as slightly wavy.

Barbado da Terceiras are suitable for households with children. An active family setting will be ideal for this dog. It is known that the Barbado da Terceira can be aggressive to other dogs, so if you already have a resident dog in your household, this might not be the best dog for you.

Barbado da Terceira dogs are Portuguese herding and guard dogs. The breed is named after the Atlantic island of Terceira in the Azores. The breed is also called Terceira Cattle Dog.

Barbado da Terceira: Introduction to the Breed

The decision to add a new pet to your family is a big one. Decide which type of puppy is the best fit for your family and lifestyle before purchasing another one. You should consider what characteristics you want in a dog and what you don't. There are a few things you should know about the BDT breed.

BDT dogs are generally:

  • Good with Families

  • Capable

  • Loyal

  • Affectionate

  • Charming

  • Loving

  • Good with Kids

If you've been considering adopting a Barbado da Terceira, you might be wondering what type of dog you will be getting. When it comes to the breed's temperament, it is often noted how loyal and intelligent it is. Barbado da Terceira’s can form exceptionally strong bonds with their closest human companions, but in exchange they also require a lot of attention and companionship. In a busy and active family environment, this dog can thrive.

Even though the Barbado da Terceira is a quick learner, it is also a working dog that requires strong and assertive leadership from its owners. The adoption of a Barbado da Terceira involves a significant commitment to training and caring for the dog, but a properly socialized dog can become a wonderful member of the family.

A family with children is considered to be a good candidate for a Barbado da Terceira. Ensure that early socialization occurs and that boundaries are correctly set on both sides. Supervise play sessions involving very young children, especially when the dog is active and strong-willed. If you already have another dog in your household, the Barbado da Terceira may not be the best choice. With this breed, early socialization really pays off. Follow a proper training regimen and reward your Barbado da Terceira for good behavior.

What are the Origins of the Barbado da Terceira?

In the 1500s, settlers introduced the medium-sized Barbado da Terceira (BDT) to the Portuguese island of Terceira, one of the Azore islands, to herd wild cattle and protect livestock. Azores are a group of autonomous islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are several theories about the origins of the breed, but the most likely one is that it is derived from medium-sized long-haired herding or cattle dogs found throughout Europe. Due to the history of Portuguese, Spanish, French, Belgian, Flemish, English, Dutch, and English settlement of the Azores islands, the breed may have evolved from a similar stock of dogs that gave rise to the similar but morphologically distinct Azorean Cattle Dog.

A protocol of action for recognizing the "Barbado da Terceira" was signed in April 2004, under the direction of Carla Molinari, president of the Clube Portuguese de Canicultura (CPS), the Portuguese Kennel Club's official organization. The CPC, the Direction de Desenvolvimento Agrário (Regional Direction of Agricultural Development) and the University of the Azores signed it in April 2004. In 2005, the CPC General Assembly members were presented with the first provisional standard for the Barbado da Terceira.

It was only at the end of the 20th century that the breed was brought to the Portuguese mainland, where the dogs gained popularity as faithful family pets. Barbado da Terceira is a super smart breed that takes well to training and learns quickly, but they also require strong leadership from their owners. Currently, the American Kennel Club recognizes the Barbado da Terceira as a Foundation Stock Service dog.

What are the Risks for the Barbado da Terceira Dog Breed?

The BDT breed can suffer from certain health problems like any other breed. To make an informed decision about purchasing a BDT, it is imperative that you become familiar with these conditions. If you're buying a puppy, find a breeder who can show your health clearances for both parents. A health clearance indicates that a dog has been tested and cleared of a particular condition.

Barbado da Terceira’s tends to suffer from hip dysplasia as their only notable health issue. While not all Barbado da Terceira’s will get this condition, it is important to be aware of it if you are considering this breed.

In order to adopt a Barbado da Terceira, you will need to ensure that it has enough space to live and play. An outdoor area that is safe for this dog will be of great benefit to him. With the Barbado da Terceira's intelligence, you'll also want to add smart and interactive toys to daily play and exercise sessions, along with a regular training regimen. Keeping the Barbado da Terceira mentally challenged will keep it from becoming bored or frustrated and developing destructive behaviors.

Dental hygiene and nail care are also important for the Barbado da Terceira. Your Barbado da Terceira's teeth should be brushed twice or three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and bacteria. It is better to do it every day. Make sure your Barbado da Terceira's nails are trimmed once a month. Nevertheless, if a Barbado da Terceira spends enough time outdoors, its nails will likely remain in good condition. Check the dog's ears for debris or dirt that may have accumulated.


It's essential to be prepared for the things you cannot control. At Spot Pet Insurance, our number one priority is helping you give your dog the long, happy, and healthy life they deserve. Reach out today and request a free pet insurance quote to learn more about our range of well-rounded plan options for your Barbara de Terceira.