Portuguese Sheepdog

Other names : Cão da Serra de Aires, Cão Macaco, Monkey Dog, Macaque Dog

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Life expectancy

The Portuguese Sheepdog has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 24 and 27 in
Male Between 26 and 29 in

Adult weight

Female Between 77 and 99 lb
Male Between 99 and 132 lb
Coat colour
Brown Red Sand Blue
Type of coat
Long Short
Eye colour
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More details about the Portuguese Sheepdog

Portuguese Sheepdog: Origins and history

The Portuguese Sheepdog was first bred in the 1910s. It may have descended from the French Briard. The dog was prized by farmers throughout the first part of the 20th Century, but by 1970 the breed was almost extinct. Since the 70s breeders have been able to reassert the breed as a pet, and it is now a popular choice of companion for Portuguese families. 

FCI classification of the Portuguese Sheepdog

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Portuguese Sheepdog

Training of this dog must be done right. Portuguese Sheepdogs get bored easily of routine and will try to dominate proceedings. 

Portuguese Sheepdog: Purchase price

As this is a rare breed, the average price of the Portuguese Sheepdog puppy is unknown. The average cost of care for a dog of this size is £100 to £120 per month.

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