Dog Breeds

Cão de Castro Laboreiro

(Portuguese Cattle Dog)

Cão de Castro Laboreiro

These muscular and fearless guardian dogs were developed from Mastiffs and other local dogs. Portuguese Cattle dogs may be rustic in appearance, but they are no rural innocent. With their unique voice they protect livestock from wolves and other predators, including humans. They are great watch dogs. Portuguese Cattle dogs may be difficult to control and need experienced training and firm handling.

Their coat comes in many colors and requires lots of grooming. Portuguese Cattle dogs weigh 50 to 75 lbs. and stand 20-24" at the shoulders.


Here are some links to the Cão de Castro Laboreiro Association website and more information.
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