2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bringing Back A Rare Dog Breed
“Barbados are excellent cattle dogs derived from intermingling various breeds that were brought to the Azores in the 15th Century. They’re medium-sized dogs with excellent dispositions and have thick coats which don’t shed,” Hardy says. “They’re extremely smart and have strong herding instincts that require training while the dog is young.” Hardy says the dogs bond well with their owner, are protective of their territory, and are excellent with many types of livestock.
“For many years, Barbados were only livestock dogs, but they’ve evolved into wonderful companion dogs because of their quirky personality, stable temperament, and protective nature,” Hardy says.
They have high-set triangular ears and almost human-like eyes that give them a lively face and look. The non-shedding coat has a dense underlayer and a wavy but never curly outer coat. The dogs run well and inherently have excellent herding instincts.
The breed’s name has an interesting backstory. In Portuguese, Terceira means third, and Terceira is the third of nine islands that make up the Azores. Barbado means ‘bearded’ in Portuguese, so the complete name means bearded dogs from the third island. The official English translation of the name is the Terceira Cattle Dog. The BDT Foundation Stock Program was approved by the American Kennel Club in January 2021.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Amaroso Barbado Kennel (www.amarosobarbado.com).
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