meet theEstrela Mountain Dog


Training &Temperament

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Did You Know?

The Estrela Mountain Dog or Cão da Serra da Estrela as he is called in his native Portugal is named for the Estrela Mountains and is believed to be the oldest breed in the region.

The Estrela is not only an excellent livestock guardian but is known for his love of children and family.

The Estrela Mountain Dog has been assigned the Working Group designation.

The Estrela Mountain Dog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2004.

The breed has several distinctive physical characteristics including rosed ears, a black mask and a hook at the end of the tail.

The Estrela has a thick outer coat that resembles the texture of goat hair and comes in a longhair and a shorthair variety.

The Estrela is able to be a fierce guardian and protector, yet so versatile and gentle that he will often clean up newborn lambs or kids, stimulating them and getting them moving while the...

The breed is used by the Marine and Portuguese Police.

Estrela Mountain Dogs can be used to pull small carts.

From the May 2007 Board Meeting - The Estrela Mountain Dog will be eligible to compete in Companion Events effective January 1, 2008.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Brindle 057
Fawn 082
Wolfgray 227
Yellow 232


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004
White Markings 014