The name Estrela Mountain Dog is a variation on this breed’s original Portuguese name, Cao Da Serra Estrela, which means “Dog of the Star Mountains.” Once a shepherd’s companion and flock protector in the rocky mountains of Portugal, this well-muscled, intelligent dog is incredibly sturdy and hard-working, exhibiting strong bone and lots of stamina. Loyal, affectionate and obedience to its owners, the Estrela Mountain Dog is indifferent and sometimes aggressive to others. It is an active, alert guard dog that is said to form deep friendships with children. Its guard tendencies and occasional stubbornness call for plenty of early socialization and regular training.
Guardian Dogs: Right Dog For You?
Not for the novice dog owner, learn all about these large dog breeds bred to guard people or livestock to see if they are the right companion pet for you and your family. Sometimes known as working dogs, guardian dogs were bred to guard homes, people and valuables, as well…
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Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of…
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