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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding group.

Weight:

12-18 kg.

Height:

42-55 cm at the withers.

Color(s):

Standard colours include different shades of yellow, fawn, grey, brown, and black. Tan markings are also standard and a mixture of white hairs may or may not be present.

Coat:

The Portuguese Sheepdog has a long coat of straight or slightly wavy hair with a long beard or moustache.


Overview

Character:

The Portuguese Sheepdog is a lively, active dog with a serious personality. An excellent working dog, the Portuguese Sheepdog can also be a very loyal companion.

Country of Origin:

Portugal.

History:

While some experts believe that this breed descended from a pair of Briads that arrived in Portugal during the 1900's, the Portuguese Sheepdog is a distinct breed. Also, due to its similarity to the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog, it's also possible that the Portuguese Sheepdog already existed prior to this time and that crossbreeding with Briards was simply an attempt to improve the breed.

Name:

This breed is also known as the Monkey Dog, Serra de Aires, Serra d'Aires, Cão da Serra de Aires, and the Aires Mountain Dog.

Temperament:

Due to a strong guarding instinct, Portuguese Sheepdogs are hostile and wary around strangers. However, they are very devoted to their owners.


Care

Training:

These dogs are relatively easy to train and can make excellent workers.

Activity:

Portuguese Sheepdogs are very active animals and require lots of space and exercise.

Ownership:

Portuguese Sheepdogs should not be kept in the city, as they require plenty of room and exercise. These dogs are excellent guard dogs as well as devoted companions. Portuguese Sheepdogs require weekly grooming.


Breeders

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