Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

Other names : São Miguel Cattle Dog, São Miguel Catch Dog, Cao fila de Sao Miguel, Azores Cattle Dog, Azores Cow Dog

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Life expectancy

The Saint Miguel Cattle Dog has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 19 and 23 in
Male Between 20 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 66 lb
Male Between 55 and 77 lb
Coat colour
Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour
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Saint Miguel Cattle Dog: Origins and history

This very old breed of dog was developed long before any records began. Although their ancestry is uncertain, it’s believed that the guarding and herding Saint Miguel Cattle Dog breed came from crossing various types of Molosser dogs. These Molosser canines were common around Europe during the 14th century to herd cattle, especially aggressive or stubborn ones. The Cao fila de Sao Miguel breed was first registered with the Portuguese Kennel Club in 1984, yet even to this day, they are not very popular outside of Portugal. 

FCI classification of the Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 2 : Molossian type

Training a Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

The Saint Miguel Cattle Dog breed is very easy to train, especially to take part in herding tasks. Likewise with tracking and dog agility trials. 

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog: Purchase price

There are no documented costs for this uncommon dog breed in the UK. However, his monthly costs will be similar to other large working dogs, at around £80 to £100 each month. 

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  • trottgtc
    I'm looking for a Saint Miguel Cattle Dog stud. I'm in Ontario, Canada

    I picked up my Saint Miguel Cattle Dog as a defense against coy-wolves. She does a great job. She casts a large perimeter, but is smart enough to know when she is outnumbered and when to retreat.
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