At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 110 lbs.

Height: 24" - 29"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Estrela Mountain Dog

Also know as: Serra da Estrela Mountain Dog, Portuguese Sheepdog, Co da Serra da Estrela

Group: Working

Origin: Portugal

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The Estrela Mountain Dog is a descendant of the ancient Asiatic Mastiffs. It originated during the Middle Ages and was used as a herding dog. Although it suffered from unorthodox cross breeding with the German Shepherd, the breed is once again considered pure.

Temperament / Behavior
The Estrela Mountain Dog is a protective dog that's generally wary of strangers, but is loving and loyal to its family. The Estrela Mountain Dog is a calm, but naturally dominant breed. Its natural instinct to nurture the young makes it a good family pet.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia. Requires experienced dog owner.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Estrela Mountain Dog requires daily brisk exercise and plenty of room to roam.

Grooming: Routine brushing and combing and occasional bathing is required for your Estrela Mountain Dog.


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