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Category: Dogs, Working Dogs, Molossers, Bull and Terriers, Brazil, South America, Protection Dog, Guard Dog, Family Dog

Dogue Brasileiro / Box-Terrier
Names Dogue Brasileiro, Box-Terrier, Car jacking guard dog, Dogo Brazil
Origins Brazil
Tasks Protection Dog, Guard Dog (namely cars), Family Dog
Height 53-58 cm / 48-53 cm
Weight 25-40 kg / 20-31.5 kg
Lifespan 12-13 years
Registry CBKC, APRI, DRA
Group Molossers, Bull and Terriers

The Dogue Brasileiro or Box-Terrier is not a purebred dog. It is a multi-generation cross between the Boxer and the English Bull Terrier, inheriting traits of both and developed some traits of his own by selection for a purpose. The purpose of the Dogue Brasileiro was to guard, especially against the renowned car-jacking in the Latin American countries, and Brasil in particular. Such a task demands a compact but fearless dog.

The Dogue Brasileiro History

The Dogue Brasileiro was developed in the 1980's in Brazil. The breed is the result of a cross between the Bull Terrier and the Boxer. The Dogue Brasileiro is most commonly used as a protection dog, more precisely dedicated against car jacking. Both the predecessors of the Boxer (Brabanter Bullenbeiser) and the Bull Terrier (Bull & Terrier) were fearless, hardy and capable fighting dogs. At the end there is where the Dogue Brasileiro gets his strengths of.

Dogue Brasileiro Appearance

Body: the Dogue Brasileiro has a physique that gives off an impression of agility and strength. Their bodies are well-muscled, long, and marked, and their bones are very strong. Their strong, arched neck is of medium length, and their shoulders are brawny and powerful. The chest is approximately 50% if the height in the withers. The shoulders and legs are strong and muscular. The paws look like those of a cat.

Head: the skull combines some of the traits of the Bull terrier and that of the Boxer. As in many hybrids of Bull terrier the Bull Terriers traits are more dominant than that of the other half. The downface of the Bull terrier is less pronounced as compared to that of a purebred Bull Terrier, the jaws are more pronouned by the influence of the Boxer. The skin is thick, relatively loose, but without any dewlap. The ears have the drop of the boxer and need to be cut to resemble that of the Bull Terrier.

Height at Withers: the height at withers is between 53 and 58 centimeters (21 to 23 inches) for males and between 48 and 53 centimeters (19 to 21 inches) for females.

Weight: males weigh about 25 to 40 kg (55 to 88 pounds) and bitches about 20 to 31.5 kg (44 to 70 pounds).

Coat: they have thick skin that is relatively loose and a dense, glossy, short-haired coat.

Colors: The coat color of this breed varies greatly, but combinations of white, black adn brown are most common.

Dogue Brasileiro Temperament

Character: the Dogue Brasileiro is docile, courageous, and makes an excellent guard dog and watchdog. They are obedient, loyal, and get along very well with children. They are even-tempered and consistently aim to please. The stubborness of the Bull Terrier is less pronounced, however these dogs are very enthusiastic like their ancestors the Boxer and the Bull Terrier are. While they are not unnecessarily aggressive, they will attack if an honest threat is detected. They are not dog aggressive, but because of the Bull Terrier blood, they shouldn't be completely trusted to get along with all other dogs. They are a comparatively easy breed to obedience train.

Social Build: the Dogue Brasileiro is a perfect mixture between the Boxer's docility and the Bull Terrier's courage. They are excellent watchdogs/guard dogs and are quite obedient. Excellent with children and very loyal to their families. The balanced temper is other notable characteristic in the breed. Very willing to please and known for their balance and courage. Dogue Brasileiro is known for its watchdog ability without the danger of undesirable attacks, however, this breed will defend its owner when it notices a real threat. The Dogue Brasileiro is said not to be overly dog aggressive, however with both Bull Terrier and to a lesser degree dog aggressive Boxer in its lines this should be taken into account.

Dogue Brasileiro Socially

Care: the Dogue Brasileiro has a short-haired coat that is easy to groom and maintain. The coat should be brushed occasionally with a firm bristle brush. This breed is a moderate shedder.

Education: the Dogue Brasileiro is easy to obedience train. If kept as a family dog it is advised to socialise them well at an early age.

Activity: the Dogue Brasileiro is content to live in a small household or apartment if it receives sufficient daily exercise. They are a fairly active breed indoors, and they are happiest with at least a medium-sized yard. They are athletic and require a large amount of daily physical activity.

Usability: amily dog, protection and guard dog, catch dog for example hog hunting.

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