The Barbado da Terceira is an assertive breed. She needs a solid, consistent and loving education from an early age. Instincts don’t just go away. The herd instinct is a prey drive that has been curbed through targeted breeding and training. Shepherd dogs often nibble on the heels of their people (especially children) in order to “tend” them. Sometimes this overstimulation of instinctive behavior, if left untreated, leads to incorrigible behavior that is increasingly difficult to reverse. She needs a solid, consistent and loving education from an early age.
Barbado da Terceiras are cattle herders and not a protective race. But you will protect your people. Since herd breeds exist to protect their herds from predators; her seeing and hearing are excellent. They can vocalize on any visual change in their environment or on sounds they are unfamiliar with.
Because of the beauty, intelligence, and cheerful nature of Barbado da Terceira, they are becoming increasingly popular in mainland Portugal, across Europe, and in the United States. However, you need to be physically and mentally active to be successful pets.
They are good with children but should be supervised. They are good with other dogs too, but need to be supervised with an unfamiliar dog. The dominant Barbado da Terceiras can fight other dogs, so early socialization with lots of dogs is key.
The Barbado da Terceira is recommended for those with some or very experienced dog owners. Positive reinforcement should be used. If this is not enough, they may need to take some “time off” to calm down again. The Barbado da Terceira is a sensitive dog who is very willing to please, and severe punishment can do the opposite of what is intended. With harsh treatment, the Barbado da Terceira can become anxious or frightened, which can lead to long-term behavior problems such as aggression.
New owners considering sending their pups to training centers overnight need to recognize the potential long-term consequences of such training. While training can “correct” undesirable behaviors in the short term, there is no guarantee that the puppy will not be traumatized, leading to more undesirable behaviors in the long run. This even applies to training centers that come up with the best recommendations and promise to only use positive reinforcement. Puppies are not one size fits all, and your trainer will not be familiar with your Barbado da Terceira puppy’s needs, regardless of their claims of being familiar with all dogs.
The new puppy needs to bond with its owners; Sending him away leads to depression and abandonment, and will most likely break bonds that have already been formed. There is no substitute for a solid, consistent, but loving upbringing from their humans, beginning with the first moment a new puppy is brought home.
Eager to please
Temperament / behavior
Alert / ready to respond