Estrela Mountain Dog

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Estrela Mountain Dog History

The Estrela Mountain Dog is a Portuguese herding and guard dog. It is related to the Primitive-type Cane Corso and Tudanca. The Estrela is noted for its great working ability and intelligence.

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Estrela Mountain Dog Physical Characteristics

The Estrela Mountain Dog is a medium to large-sized breed of herding dogs that originated in Portugal and was developed for working cattle. They were bred to be independent, intelligent, and strong. Estrela Mountain Dogs are agile, athletic, energetic, and friendly. They have a thick, double coat of fur that is either white or brindle in color.

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Gray, Fawn, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 29 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 27 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 88 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 66 – 88 lbs

Estrela Mountain Dog Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Estrela Mountain Dog Health Concerns

Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Entropion, Ectropion, Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

Estrela Mountain Dog Temperament and Behaviour

The Estrela Mountain Dog breed is intelligent, brave, and devoted to their family members. They are calm, but they can also be very protective of their loved ones. They are an independent breed that is loyal to their owners, but wary of strangers. They are agile, athletic, and have great stamina, which makes them a great candidate for endurance sports and activities.

Estrela Mountain Dog Activity Requirements

The Portuguese Mastiff, also known as the Estrela Mountain Dog, is an ancient, mastiff-type breed of dog that was developed in the Serra da Estrela Mountains of Portugal. They are highly protective and loyal. An Estrela Mountain Dog should spend at least one hour a day getting moderate exercise. A daily walk and some playtime are all that this large, muscular breed really needs. An Estrela Mountain Dog lives as long as 14-16 years, so it is important to make sure you are prepared to provide adequate care for the duration of your dog’s life. This breed of dog is prone to hip dysplasia, and they are also susceptible to bloat, a life-threatening condition.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Estrela Mountain Dog is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Estrela Mountain Dog is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Estrela Mountain Dog is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Estrela Mountain Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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