Thinking about purchasing an Estrela Mountain Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Estrela Mountain Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Estrela Mountain Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Estrela Mountain Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Estrela Mountain Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Estrela Mountain Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Estrela Mountain Dog Profile
A sturdy, mastiff-type dog, conveying an impression of strength and vigor, the Estrela Mountain Dog is not a massively boned bog. Estrela Mountain Dogs should be agile rather than cumbersome. They are large dogs with fluffy coats. They have a black mask, and can be many colors from fawn to wolf gray. They have a strong head with wide nostrils, and a bushy tail. Estrela Mountain Dogs have a heavy double coat, which sheds at designated times. They were originally used for herding and guarding in high mountainous regions, making food scarce. This has made them content with whatever they can receive in food. The same goes for love--Estrela Mountain Dogs need a lot of love, but are content with whatever they receive. They are a sociable animal that enjoys the company of their human family. Estrela Mountain Dogs are extremely loyal to the ones they love, but are indifferent towards strangers. Their loud bark can deter any threat, and they are good for guard dogs. Portuguese Sheepdogs need a firm handler, as they are stubborn and often self-willed. They do not like to be dominated, however, and need to convinced to do their job. They are adaptable to living environments, and get along with children and other animals. They are said to be very difficult to breed; as one owner stated, "If you start trying when she is just ...two, you may get her mated by the time she is three and a half." Hardy, agile, and loving--the Estrela Mountain Dog is a good herder, guardian and friend.
Other Names: Portuguese Sheepdog/Shepherd, Cão da Serra da Estrela
Type: Guardian Dog
20 - 24 inches; Males: 23 - 27 inches.
Colors: Fawn -
which varies from burnt yellow through reddish gold to a deep red, with or without
guard hairs. The fawn should never be so pale as to be a dirty white. Brindle
- any of the previous permitted colors with the addition of streaks or smudges
of black or brown varying in intensity. Wolf Grey - all black and all white,
skewbald and piebald unacceptable. Black muzzle or mask is highly desirable.
White markings on chest, underside, feet or tail are tolerated but undesirable.
Mountain Dogs are loyal, affectionate to their owners, but indifferent to others.
They are intelligent and alert, but inclined to be stubborn. They need a firm
hand in training, but not a domineering hand. Estrela Mountain Dogs do not like
to dominated and need to be shown why your way is better than theirs. They are
generally friendly to children, as long as they are behaved. They have a natural
nurturing instinct, and they like to bark, which is loud and threatening-sounding.
They can be aggressive with dogs of the same sex, but are generally good with
other pets. Estrela Mountain Dogs are generally gentle and devoted to their
master. They are said to need a lot of love, but are content with whatever they
Estrela Mountain Dog Care and
Exercise: Estrelas are easy to groom. Give them a good brush
once a week and that should keep their coat in good condition. When molting,
use a good slicker brush as they will lose their complete undercoat. More attention
is needed when the dog is molting. A good 'slicker' brush, a wide toothed comb,
and a good rake will make grooming easier. Exercise the Estrela Mountain Dog
as much as you can.
Activity: Medium. Activity
is low key as Estrelas like to play and sleep a lot.
Estrela Mountain Dog Health Issues: Estrela Mountain Dogs have relatively few health problems, of these are hip dysplasia and gastric problems.
Life Span: 9 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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