Dog Breed Group: Foundation stock service
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Weight: Males 55-60 lbs, Females 46-57 lbs
Height: Males 20 1/2 - 22 inches, Females 19 - 21 inches
Origin of Name: The Barbado da Terceira is Portuguese breed of herding and guard dog from the Atlantic island of Terceira in the Azores.
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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: