Cão da Serra de Aires Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cão da Serra de Aires so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginPortugal flagPortugal
Other Names
What other names does the Cão da Serra de Aires have?
Portuguese Shepherd DogPortuguese Sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Cão da Serra de Aires Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Cão da Serra de Aires puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Cão da Serra de Aires?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Cão da Serra de Aires, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cão da Serra de Aires for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cão da Serra de Aires gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Cão da Serra de Aires? How many Cão da Serra de Aires are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Cão da Serra de Aires Size

Size
Is a Cão da Serra de Aires small, medium or large dog?

How big do Cão da Serra de Aires get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Cão da Serra de Aires weigh? How much should the Cão da Serra de Aires breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Cão da Serra de Aires?
26-40 pounds (12-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Cão da Serra de Aires?
33 pounds (15 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cão da Serra de Aires? Cão da Serra de Aires height:
16-22 inches (41-56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Cão da Serra de Aires?
19 inches (48.5 cm)

Cão da Serra de Aires Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cão da Serra de Aires have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Shaggy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cão da Serra de Aires's coat?
GreyFawnWolf greyBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Cão da Serra de Aires and how often?
Easy to groom: The Cão da Serra de Aires doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Cão da Serra de Aires is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Portuguese Shepherd Dog?
Cão da Serra de Airess shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Cão da Serra de Aires need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Cão da Serra de Aires every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Cão da Serra de Aires Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cão da Serra de Aires have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IntelligentLively
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cão da Serra de Aires? Is the Cão da Serra de Aires breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Cão da Serra de Aires ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Cão da Serra de Aires dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cão da Serra de Airess are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Cão da Serra de Aires is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cão da Serra de Aires sensitivity:
Cão da Serra de Airess have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Cão da Serra de Aires a good family dog?
High: Cão da Serra de Airess are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Portuguese Shepherd Dog need? Cão da Serra de Aires social needs:
Cão da Serra de Airess are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Portuguese Shepherd Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Cão da Serra de Aires rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Cão da Serra de Aires good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cão da Serra de Airess are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cão da Serra de Airess strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Cão da Serra de Aires bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Portuguese Shepherd Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cão da Serra de Aires? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Cão da Serra de Aires has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Cão da Serra de Aires has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Cão da Serra de Aires? How much bite force does a Cão da Serra de Aires have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Cão da Serra de Aires bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Cão da Serra de Aires, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cão da Serra de Aires do?
Cão da Serra de Airess have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cão da Serra de Airess need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cão da Serra de Aires to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cão da Serra de Aires roam?
Cão da Serra de Airess tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cão da Serra de Aires have high prey drive?
Cão da Serra de Airess have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Cão da Serra de Airess are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cão da Serra de Aires good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Cão da Serra de Aires breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Cão da Serra de Aires indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cão da Serra de Airess adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Cão da Serra de Aires be left alone?
Cão da Serra de Airess do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Cão da Serra de Aires Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cão da Serra de Aires temperament with other people:
Cão da Serra de Airess are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs get along with other pets? Are Cão da Serra de Aires dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cão da Serra de Airess usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Cão da Serra de Aires dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cão da Serra de Aires temperament with children:
Cão da Serra de Airess are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Cão da Serra de Aires breed live with a cat?
Cão da Serra de Airess are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Cão da Serra de Aires good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs get along with other dogs?
Cão da Serra de Airess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cão da Serra de Aires breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Cão da Serra de Aires breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Cão da Serra de Airess are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Cão da Serra de Airess good office dogs? Do Cão da Serra de Airess make good office friendly dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Airess be office dogs?
No
Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Portuguese Shepherd Dog temperament with senior people? Are Cão da Serra de Aires dogs good for elderly owners?
Cão da Serra de Airess are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Cão da Serra de Aires Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Cão da Serra de Aires is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Cão da Serra de Aires breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cão da Serra de Aires breed? Most common health risks of Cão da Serra de Aires:
Eye ProblemsHip DysplasiaLuxating Patella
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Cão da Serra de Aires breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Cão da Serra de Aires see the vet?
Average
The Cão da Serra de Aires should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs live? How old can a Cão da Serra de Aires be? What is the age limit of the Cão da Serra de Aires? How many years can the oldest Cão da Serra de Aires live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Cão da Serra de Aires?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Cão da Serra de Aires: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cão da Serra de Aires breed hypoallergenic?
No
Cão da Serra de Airess don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cão da Serra de Aires have? What is the activity level of the Cão da Serra de Aires?
Cão da Serra de Airess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Cão da Serra de Aires need? How much exercise do Cão da Serra de Aires dogs require per day?
Cão da Serra de Airess have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Cão da Serra de Aires breed need?
Cão da Serra de Airess are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Cão da Serra de Aires need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Cão da Serra de Aires breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Cão da Serra de Aires? How much food should I feed my Cão da Serra de Aires?
2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cão da Serra de Aires risk for obesity:
Average: The Cão da Serra de Aires has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cão da Serra de Aires's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Cão da Serra de Aires has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Cão da Serra de Aires drool?
The Cão da Serra de Aires is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cão da Serra de Aires could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Cão da Serra de Aires.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cão da Serra de Aires As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Aires be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Aires be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cão da Serra de Aires be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Aires be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Aires be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Aires be a boat dog?

Not really

Cão da Serra de Aires breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cão da Serra de Aires be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Cão da Serra de Aires dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cão da Serra de Aires Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Cão da Serra de Aires pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Cão da Serra de Aires breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Cão da Serra de Aires: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cão da Serra de Aires have in a litter? How many puppies can the Cão da Serra de Aires breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Cão da Serra de Aires have? How many puppies can a Cão da Serra de Aires give birth to?
3-6 puppies

Cão da Serra de Aires Recognition

AKC Group
Is Cão da Serra de Aires recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cão da Serra de Aires breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceNational Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Cão da Serra de Aires Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Cão da Serra de Aires doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Cão da Serra de Aires is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Cão da Serra de Airess tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Cão da Serra de Airess adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Cão da Serra de Airess are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cão da Serra de Airess are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cão da Serra de Airess are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Cão da Serra de Airess don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Cão da Serra de Aires breed.
  • Mouthiness: Cão da Serra de Airess have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cão da Serra de Airess do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Cão da Serra de Airess are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Cão da Serra de Aires is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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