Behaviour of the Barbado da Terceira

Erica & Raia

Despite its joyful look, mostly due to its coat, the Barbado da Terceira is a strong willed and assertive dog. What else would you expect from a dog used for herding wild cattle?! Therefore, he needs an owner that knows how to handle dogs and implement the rules of healthy companionship, preferably someone with previous experience with dogs. It’s “teddy bear” looks should not be an excuse to give in to his “whims”, as that may potentially lead to problematic situations – it is a sturdy strong animal.

However, it is very easy to educate a Barbado. As his greatest joy is to please his owner, if the dog feels his master is pleased with his attitude, he will try to uphold it. He is thus a very pleasing companion. His education and daily care should be fundamentally positive – it is the type of dog for whom a harsh word from his owner is one of the worst punishments he can have, much worse than a slap (it is physically a very resistant dog). It is very easy to educate and train him, as he quickly learns everything he is taught. However, this great learning ability can also have a downside for the owner, as he may unwillingly teach him things he did not meant to – therefore, consistency in the use of basic education and companionship rules is important.

Ch Duquesa-B wants to be petted

Due to his great need for human contact, it is not a dog that does well in a kennel or exiled in a corner of the yard. This is even more important during the growth stage, when its character is building and shaping. During this time, he must be exposed to as many situations as possible, to avoid him becoming a shy or fearful animal.

Ch Adágio

Although he relates very well with everyone in his family, he is a one-person dog. The Barbado will choose a family member with whom he will preferably relate to. And it is easy to know whom – it is the person the dog can’t take his eyes away form, the one he follow regardless of where other people go…

Ch Bóina de Aradik & child

 He gets along well with children but, as with any other dog, interactions must always be watched over. No dog, regardless of its breed or size, should ever be left unattended with children.

Ch Adágio, Multi-Ch Sheila & Pulga do Casal da Vinha

 The Barbado may get along well with other dogs, if he is used to them, but in general tends to be somewhat bully, particularly in the case of strange dogs. Therefore, special attention should be given particularly in the introductions and first contacts with other animals. At home, the owner should be careful in not overprotecting any given animal, thus disturbing relationships between animals.

Ch Ananás de Aradik and his friends I'm Special das Terras do Pó e Vicky das Terras do Pó, the Belgian Shepeherds

Although it is a very lively animal, the Barbado does not require a particularly large living space. What he really needs it close contact with his owner, so he can even live in an apartment. However, he must have the possibility to use his energy daily and regularly.

Multi-Ch Figo

Due to his athletic traits, obedience and willingness to please, the Barbado da Terceira is an excellent candidate to several canine sports, such as Obedience, Agilty, freestyle, etc.. With them the dog’s mind and body are stimulated. At the same time, as these are activities done in close connection with his owner, their mutual bond is reinforced.

Bica de Aradik