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  • Temperament: Intelligent, Lively
  • Height: 16.5-21.5 inches
  • Weight: 26.5-30.5 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

FCI Standard
Portuguese Sheepdog

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Portuguese Sheepdog

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Portuguese Sheepdog


Sheepdog used in the Alentejo region for herding and watching different kinds of livestock; sheep, cattle, horses, goats and pigs. An austere and rustic dog perfectly adapted to the area’s temperature changes and with great endurance for covering long distances herding livestock through the Alentejo plains.

Did You Know?

The Portuguese Sheepdog has been assigned the Herding Group designation.
The Portuguese Sheepdog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since September 2012.