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Portuguese Cattle Dog

Portuguese Cattle Dogs have a very distinctive bark: highly resonant, generally starting with low tones and ending in a long high pitch, rather like screeching.

About the Portuguese Cattle Dog

Portuguese Cattle Dogs are mastiff-type lupoid dogs characterized by an almost rectangular body. They are vigorous animals of pleasant overall appearance, sometimes with a rather striking color. Their gait is free, easy and energetic.

Loyal and docile with people they know, Portuguese Cattle Dogs do a great job protecting livestock from attacks by the many wolves that still prowl the mountains of northern Portugal. They are simply awesome watchdogs, seeming never to switch off even for a moment. These dogs carry themselves nobly but they are hardy mountaineers and that severe expression they wear is fearsome.

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

Breed specifics

FCI Group 2
Size category
Avg life expectancy
11–13 years

Confident / Calm / Gentle / Resilient / Intelligent / Loyal

Key facts

  • Makes a great watchdog
  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Obedience training is essential

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