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Barbado da Terceira – The Sheepdog from Portugal

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332 – November/December, 2017

text by Ria Hörter
courtesy Andre Heuzer
illustrations by Andre Heuzer, Vom Salamanderpark, Maureen HeuzeR-Hulzebos and Ria Hörter

In September 2005, the Barbado da Terceira was presented for the first time at a dog show in Portugal. The Barbado’s home, Terceira, is an island in the Azores, an archipelago of nine vol- canic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 850 miles west of the Iberian peninsula. The archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal. The capital is Ponto Delgada on the island of São Miguel.


The Barbado da Terceira is easily confused with the Cão de Fila da Terceira, a medium-sized mastiff that’s nearly extinct, as far as I know. Various similar types come from the Azores (Portugal) and the Balearic Islands (Spain): the Perro de Presa Mallorquín (Perro Dogo; Ca de Bou) from Mallorca, and the Podenco Ibicenco from the Baleares; the Podenco Canario and Perro de Presa Canario (Dogo Canario) from the Canary Islands; and from the Azores, the Cão Fila de São Miguel from the island with the same name, and the Barbado da Terceira, named after the island of Terceira. All except the Barbado are recognized by the FCI.

In 2004, the Barbado was provisionally recognized by the Portuguese Kennel Club (Clube Português de Canicultura; CPC; In 2013, a group of Barbado owners founded a breed club, the Clube Português do Barbado da Terceira (CPBT; with the goal of writing the breed standard and seeking FCI recognition. Two other obscure breeds in Portugal are the Cão do Barrocal Algarvio, a type of podengo (hunting dog) from the Algarve in southern Portugal, and the Cão de Gado Transmontano, a mastiff type in Trás-os-Montes, in remote northeast Portugal.

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