Estrela Mountain Dog

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Originating in Portugal, the Estrela Mountain Dog was used for herding and guarding. They were prized by both farmers and aristocrats for their ability with both flock and estate. The Estrela Mountain Dog breed is considered to be one of the oldest dogs in Portugal and is quite rare in North America.

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The Estrela Mountain Dog is agile, sturdy, and hardy. This mastiff-type breed possesses strength, power, and is extremely vigilant.

Does your Estrela Mountain Dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Estrela Mountain Dog breed is independent, intelligent, affectionate, and loyal. They form close deep attachments to their family and do not do well if re-homed. The Estrela Mountain Dog does well with children and other pets they have been raised with. They are aloof and wary with strangers and will not hesitate to protect their family, home, and territory. An alert, faithful, and loving breed, they make excellent guard dogs and companions.
Estrela Mountain Dog's require regular brushing with special attention needed during heavy seasonal shedding. Bathing should be done when necessary. Estrela Mountain Dog's are relatively a healthy breed, although gastric problems and hip dysplasia may occur.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Estrela Mountain Dog is a double coat breed with the coat presented in two varieties: Long and Short. The Long haired variety has an outer coat that is close, harsh, thick, and straight. The under coat is dense. The Short hair variety has an outer coat that is harsh, straight, and thick. The under coat is dense. The Estrela Mountain Dog breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
The Estrela Mountain Dog has a tendency to be stubborn, willful, and dominant. Early socialization and obedience training is required. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with fairness, firmness, consistency, and patience. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Estrela Mountain Dog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Estrela Mountain Dog breed is not recommended for apartment living. They are prone to wandering and barking. The Estrela Mountain Dog does best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting with a job to do. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 75-110; Female: 60-90 lbs
Male: 23-27; Female: 20-24 inches
Yellow, fawn, wolfgray, brindle; white markings, black mask



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Estrela Mountain Dog Questions

I have 2 teacup Yorkies only a year apart. My son who is 12 months old loves to push, grab, and lay on my teacups. My husband says we need a bigger dog. Do you think this dog can handle all the affections my son and husband have. I was looking at a golden, but it's too friendly. I don't live in a good area but I have a huge yard. Do you think this dog would be okay with guarding my family when they venture out into the yard? I don't want to buy an Estrela Mountain Dog puppy if it's not a good fit for my family.

The Estrela Mountain Dog would work for what you want in a family dog. But please be careful as to where you get it from. Only a dog from a reputable breeder that strives for the best health, temperament and standards is what you want. Paying a bit more in the beginning may be hard, but it will be worth it.

If your 12-month old lies on the teacup dogs, etc., I'd be really careful having an Estrela around the baby.

How much do Estrela Mountain Dogs usually cost?

You can fly to Portugal and get an Estrela Mountain Dog puppy for sale over there. Best not to ship from Portugal back to the States as the health of the puppy would be put in jeopardy. They average around $800.

I'm from Portugal and getting a Serra da Estrela dog is relatively easy around here. A dog with pedigree will cost you around $750, but you can get one without pedigree for less than $100.

I'd get one from a Portuguese breeder. There are only a few breeders here and they aren't very knowledgeable about henetics, etc. It's worth the price of the plane ticket.

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