About the Estrela Mountain Dog

Estrela Mountain Dogs are mastiff-type molossoid dogs. Well balanced, compact and hardy, they earn respect from strangers through their firm, reserved behaviour.

They are remarkably obedient to their owner and a loyal, inseparable companion. They work relentlessly to protect the flock from wolves and rustlers.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 2, AKC Foundation Stock Service
Very large
Avg life expectancy
10–12 translations.feature.breeds.years

Alert / Friendly / Independent / Intelligent / Loyal / Sociable


  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Needs a lot of space
  • Requires moderate grooming