Cao de Castro Laboreiro
Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Herding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: up to 88 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 11-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
Named for a small village in the mountains of Portugal, the Cao De Castro Laboreiro is an ancient breed of the Iberian Peninsula. The breed is common only in a limited range at variable altitudes in the northern part of the country. This rare dog is a live stock guardian dog with a strong, mastiff type breed. It is a pleasant dog with a rectangular body and striking coat. The dog has a noble carriage and is very hardy. This large dog stands between 21.5 to 23.5 inches and weighs up to 88lbs. It has slightly long and rectangular head with a broad skull. The muzzle is long, strong and tapering in width from eyes to nose. Nose is large and always black with wide nostrils. Eyes are medium size, almond shaped and obliquely set with varying shades of brown, from hazel to black. Expression is severe and hard. Medium size ears are triangular in shape with rounded tips and set rather high. They hang naturally close and flat to the head. Neck is short and straight. Forelegs are strong and straight while hind legs are moderately angular. Body is rectangular with straight back, strong and short loin and deep, oval chest. Tail is set very high and is thick at the base. The dog has short, coarse and weather-resistant coat that comes in all wolf colors. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC but it is recognized by FCI and UKC.
The dog sports all wolf colors in varying shades; from very light to medium to very dark. The dog can have all shades of a color at the same time. Most preferred is a coat of mixed shades of grey interspersed with brown or reddish hairs on parts or all of the body.
Short, thick, coarse and weather resistant, the coat is shorter and finer on the head and ears and on the front of the legs. It is thicker and longer on the underside of the tail and the thighs. There is no undercoat.
The Cão de Castro Laboreiro is a loyal and obedient flock guardian with a severe expression. Brave, intelligent, fearless and protective, the dog is a dominant breed that needs an experienced handler. Though docile and friendly to its owner and family, the dog is hostile and suspicious of strangers but not aggressive. With a very protective nature, the dog instinctively guards its territory and will not let an stranger near it. It is loving and affectionate with its family and children he knows and specially grownup with but wary of people it does not know. Supervision, however, is required when the dog is with children. The dog needs socialization and training from very young age to make it compatible with other people, places and dogs. It is a very dominant breed that needs an experience owner and is not a dog for every one due to its temperament. A fearless guardian of its family and possessions, the dog makes a very good pet and excellent watch and guard dog with proper training.
Short coat does not require much of grooming and should be brushed once a week.
The dog is docile and obedient to its owner. It will follow its master's command. It should be trained with firm yet gentle training sessions by a firm and experienced owner.
This breed needs lots of physical and mental stimulation and will be most happy with an owner who gives this dog jobs to do and utilize its energy and love for work. The dog is not suitable for apartment or small house living and is best suited to rural or suburban setting where it has lots of space to run and play.