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Estrela Mountain Dog


General Information - Estrela Mountain Dog


Group:
Utility

Size:
Large

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Area of Origin:
Portugal

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Other Names:
Cão da Serra da Estrela

Original Function:
A livestock guarding dog, watch dog and companion dog. Also used for draught work



History

Since remote times, this dog has developed and settled in the Estrela Mountains area, its true origin being lost in time. Nevertheless, it can be considered one of the most ancient beeds of the Iberian Peninsula. It can be found from the foot of the mountains to the summit (approximately 2000m), mainly in the summer, after the snow has melted, when the green pastures are much sought after by the herds, because the excessive heat has dried the grass on the lowlands. The progressive recognition of its aptitudes has led to its diffusion through the world since the second half of the 20th century.

Temperament

Inseparable companion of the shepherd and faithful flock guardian, bravely protecting them against predators and thieves. Wonderful farm and house guard, distrustful towards strangers and typically docile to its master.