Cao of Castro Laboreiro

Other names: Castro Laboreiro Dog, Portuguese Bouvier, Castro Laboreiro Dog

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The Cao de Castro Laboreiro is a large dog whose type approaches the mastiff. Robust and rustic, he is the mountain dog par excellence. His vigorous and harmoniously developed morphology, as well as his brindle wolf gray coat are physical traits characteristic of the Cao de Castro Laboreiro breed. His gaze serious, even severe, is also.



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Hair type Short
Origin Portugal
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 35 kg From 55 cm to 61 cm
Male From 30 kg to 40 kg From 58 cm to 64 cm
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History of the breed

The Cao de Castro Laboreiro is a very old breed . It owes its name to its village of origin, Castro Laboreiro. It is located in a mountainous region in the north of Portugal . It is therefore natural that the Cao de Castro Laboreiro has established himself as the main dog of shepherds and farmers in the region . Its hardiness, robustness and character have built its legend among locals. Gradually, he also distinguished himself as a guard and family dog. The Cao de Castro Laboreiro breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on May 24, 1955.

Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Cao de Castro Laboreiro is a dog with a balanced temperament . As a family, he shows remarkable loyalty and docility . He is naturally suspicious of strangers . A character trait linked to his favorite fields: custody and surveillance. The Cao of Castro Laboreiro proves, in fact, to be a protector of herds of the highest order. It thus keeps away any attempt to approach wolves or any other predator.

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The education of the Cao de Castro Laboreiro must be done with a balanced mixture of firmness and gentleness . Brutality and injustice are to be avoided in his training. Loyal and willing to please his master, he is a most pleasant companion and a devoted working partner.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Cao de Castro Laboreiro prefers to live in a house with a large fenced garden , ideally in the countryside, than in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

The Cao de Castro Laboreiro race is not credited with any particular predisposition to any disease. He is a tough dog with an overall strong health .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Cao de Castro Laboreiro is, on average, between 10 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Cao of Castro Laboreiro does not require an in-depth interview . Regularly brushed, it stays clean and healthy.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of his coat.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Cao de Castro Laboreiro is between 500 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Cao de Castro Laboreiro is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Cao de Castro Laboreiro must be able to benefit from long daily outings to exercise. He needs regular activities alongside his master, with exercises stimulating both his physical and mental capacities.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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