Portuguese mountain dog

Other names: Serra da Estrela dog, Cão da Serra da Estrela

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The Portuguese Mountain Dog is a large dog, of the Molossoid and Mastiff type, robust, rustic, of strong build and well proportioned. The Portuguese Mountain Dog breed has 2 varieties, the long-haired one and the short-haired one.



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Hair type Long
Origin Portugal
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 35 kg to 45 kg From 62 cm to 69 cm
Male From 45 kg to 60 kg From 65 cm to 73 cm
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History of the breed

the   Portuguese mountain dog   corresponds to one of the oldest dog breeds of the Iberian Peninsula. It owes its name to the Serra da Estrela, a vast mountainous region hosting the homonymous mountain range and which includes the highest point of mainland Portugal (1,993 meters).

Traditionally bred by local shepherds for the protection of their flocks and farms, the Portuguese Mountain Dog   was also used as a draft dog due to its strength. It was then introduced to other countries, especially from the second half of the last century. The breed of the Portuguese Mountain Dog   was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on June 23, 1955. Its official FCI standard in force was published on November 4, 2008.

Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Portuguese mountain dog   is naturally suspicious of strangers. Towards his master, he shows both great attachment and remarkable docility. Qualities which, combined with its physical characteristics, make it an excellent protection dog for herds, but also the properties of shepherds. the   Portuguese mountain dog   is also a great companion for the whole family.

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the   Portuguese mountain dog   is a rather obedient dog, but needs to be taken in hand firmly enough not to let it gain the upper hand. His education excludes any form of brutality , but must, on the contrary, be based on the principles of positive reinforcement.

Living conditions

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

By virtue of his size and his shepherd dog heritage, the   Portuguese mountain dog   needs to evolve in an environment offering him a lot of space and freedom . A house with a large fenced garden is the ideal living environment for him, whether in the city or in the countryside. He usually sleeps outside, in a shelter which however protects him from the wind and the sun.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Portuguese mountain dog   is a rustic and robust dog, which does not fear much health side as long as one takes good care of it. It is quite resistant to cold and bad weather thanks to its double and thick coat. As with most large dogs, the risk of hip dysplasia cannot be ruled out.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Portuguese Mountain Dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Portuguese Mountain Dog is, on average, between 11 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   Portuguese mountain dog   is fairly simple to maintain. It only requires regular brushing , but its maintenance must be more frequent during the moulting period when it can lose a lot of hair .

It is recommended to brush the dog on a weekly basis . During the moult, which occurs twice a year, the use of the card several times a week makes it possible to get rid of the dead hairs.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Portuguese Mountain Dog is between € 800 and € 1,200.

Annual maintenance cost

800 €
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Portuguese Mountain Dog is between € 800 and € 1000.

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With a good diet , the Portuguese Mountain Dog can live up to 13 years. Its diet consists of human food such as meat, grains, starches and fresh vegetables. It can also be made only from good quality kibble to ensure robust health.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Portuguese mountain dog   needs one or two daily walks with a few games. Excessively sustained activities should be avoided so as not to put excessive strain on your joints, which may be weakened by their weight.


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