Get to know the Estrela Mountain Dog
All you need to know about the breed
With European breeding and a treasured pedigree, the Estrela Mountain Dog is a fascinating all-around canine. This noble dog carries an air of sophistication yet a rugged nature emanating from their origin in the mountainous region of Serra da Estrela in Portugal from which they take their name. He is said to be one of the oldest dogs from the Iberian Peninsula, a Molossoid and mastiff-type breed, and one of the most beloved for their brave nature and allegiance to family, especially to children.
Their manner is affectionate but by dint of their devotion to those closest to them, these dogs are somewhat leery of strangers. Not to worry: the Estrela Mountain Dog breed will open up soon enough, especially with proper socialisation from the time they are a puppy.
The breed comes in both a short-haired and a long-haired variety, both coats of which need be kept in good condition as the hair is coarse and can become quite long, if of the latter variety.
A large dog like this can easily become dominant if not shown who is in charge. They require a firm hand in teaching them all they need to know as they grow into adulthood. Calm and known to be intensely bonded to one person in the family in particular, the Estrela Mountain Dog is a steadfast companion to all. Don’t let a fight break out if you’re not the chosen one in the pack. The Estrela loves you just the same.
2 facts about Estrela Mountain Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Estrela Mountain Dog