Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Portugal Other Names Portuguese Cattle Dog, Dog of Castro Laboreiro, Castro Laboreiro Livestock Guarding Dog Life Expectancy Approximately 11-13 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Flock Guardian
Breed Appearance The desired appearance for which the Cao de
Castro Laboreiro has been bred is somewhat wolflike in outline. It
is a large dog, but not oversize. Coat colors are also described in
wolf terms, dark wolf color, light wolf color. Most breeders prefer
what is considered the most authentic, called mountain color also
described as similar to the coat of a wolf. The mountain color is a
mixed light and dark grey interspersed with individual hairs (not
spots) that are brown (called pine-seed) or dark red (called
mahogany), in a brindle.
Breed Description Head: Medium size, dry, no wrinkles.
Stop not pronounced. Long, b, straight nose bridge. Powerful jaws. Ears: Medium size, slightly thick, almost triangular with
rounded tips, drop. Eyes: Set obliquely in the skull. Medium size. Light brown
color in light-coated varieties and dark brown in dark-coated
varieties. Body: Rectangular. Short neck without dewlap. Broad, deep
chest. Broad, short, muscular loin. Croup slightly sloped. Narrow
through the belly. Tail: Thick and bushy, carried in the shape of a saber,
reaching the hock joint. Hair: Thick, coarse, short, 5 cm (2 in), harsh, close-lying,
and smooth. No undercoat. Coat: Wolf gray most common. Any shade of gray, with or without
a black mask; brindle. Size: Dog: 55 to 60 cm. (21.5-23.5 in).Bitch: 52 to 57 cm.
(20.5-22.5 in). Weight: Dog: 30 to 40 kg. (66-88 lb).Bitch: 20 to 30 kg. (44-66
History The Cao de Castro Laboreiro is one of the
oldest breeds on the Iberian peninsula. Springing from the village
Castro Laboreiro, this typical Portuguese breed is widespread in the
region bordered by the Minho and Lima rivers between the Peneda and
Suajo mountain chains in northern Portugal. The Cao de Castro
Laboreiro, a mastiff, protects herds from wolves. He is also used as
a guard dog and police dog.
Behavior This robust, loyal, docile breed is
affectionate, calm, and even-tempered. Constantly on the alert, this
dog's great courage and wariness of strangers make him a superb
guard dog. Firm training is required.
Health Health issues specific to the breed have not
Advice The Cao de Castro Laboreiro needs exercise and
room to run. Regular brushing is required.