Estrela Mountain Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Estrela Mountain Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginPortugal flagPortugal
Other Names
What other names does the Estrela Mountain Dog have?
Cao da Serra da EstrelaPortuguese Shepherd
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Estrela Mountain Dog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Estrela Mountain Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Estrela Mountain Dog?
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.

Estrela Mountain Dog Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Giant
Weight
How much does the Estrela Mountain Dog weigh? Estrela Mountain Dog weight:
Male: 99–132 pounds (45-60 kg), Female: 77–99 pounds (35-45 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Estrela Mountain Dog? Estrela Mountain Dog average weight:
Male: 115.5 pounds (52.5 kg), Female: 88 pounds (40 kg)
Height
How tall is the Estrela Mountain Dog? Estrela Mountain Dog height:
Male: 25–30 inches (63.5-76 kg) Female: 24–28 inches (61-71 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Estrela Mountain Dog average height:
Male: 27.5 inches (70 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Estrela Mountain Dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Estrela Mountain Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickCoarseWavy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Estrela Mountain Dog's coat?
FawnYellowWolf Gray
Grooming
How to groom the Estrela Mountain Dog and how often?
Average: The Estrela Mountain Dog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Estrela Mountain Dog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cao da Serra da Estrela?
Estrela Mountain Dogs 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 Estrela Mountain Dog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Estrela Mountain Dog every day?
6-8 weeks
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.

Estrela Mountain Dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Estrela Mountain Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
SuspiciousStubbornProtectiveKeenAlertDignifiedLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Estrela Mountain Dog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Estrela Mountain Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Estrela Mountain Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Estrela Mountain Dogs 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 Estrela Mountain Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Estrela Mountain Dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Estrela Mountain Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Estrela Mountain Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cao da Serra da Estrela need? Estrela Mountain Dog social needs:
Estrela Mountain Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cao da Serra da Estrela bark?
A lot: Estrela Mountain Dog is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Estrela Mountain Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Estrela Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Estrela Mountain Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Estrela Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Estrela Mountain Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Estrela Mountain Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Estrela Mountain Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cao da Serra da Estrela? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Estrela Mountain Dog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Estrela Mountain Dog 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 Estrela Mountain Dog has a hard bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Estrela Mountain Dog bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large. They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400. It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Estrela Mountain Dog do?
Estrela Mountain Dogs have an 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 Estrela Mountain Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Estrela Mountain Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Estrela Mountain Dog roam?
Estrela Mountain Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Estrela Mountain Dog have high prey drive?
Their prey drive is low. Estrela Mountain Dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Estrela Mountain Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Estrela Mountain Dog breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Estrela Mountain Dog indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Estrela Mountain Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Estrela Mountain Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Estrela Mountain Dog temperament with other people:
Estrela Mountain Dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Estrela Mountain Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Estrela Mountain Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Estrela Mountain Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Estrela Mountain Dog temperament with children:
Estrela Mountain Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Estrela Mountain Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Estrela Mountain Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Estrela Mountain Dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Estrela Mountain Dog can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Estrela Mountain Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Estrela Mountain Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Estrela Mountain Dogs good office dogs? Do Estrela Mountain Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Estrela Mountain Dogs be office dogs?
No
Estrela Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cao da Serra da Estrela temperament with senior people? Are Estrela Mountain Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Estrela Mountain Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Estrela Mountain Dog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Estrela Mountain Dog rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Estrela Mountain Dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Estrela Mountain Dog see the vet?
Rare
The Estrela Mountain Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Estrela Mountain Dog be? What is the age limit of the Estrela Mountain Dog? How many years can the oldest Estrela Mountain Dog live?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Estrela Mountain Dog: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Estrela Mountain Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Estrela Mountain Dogs 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 Estrela Mountain Dog have? What is the activity level of the Estrela Mountain Dog?
Estrela Mountain Dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Estrela Mountain Dog dogs require per day?
Estrela Mountain Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Estrela Mountain Dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Estrela Mountain Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
6 to 8 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? Estrela Mountain Dog risk for obesity:
High: The Estrela Mountain Dog breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Estrela Mountain Dog more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Estrela Mountain Dog's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Estrela Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Estrela Mountain Dog 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 Estrela Mountain Dog drool?
The Estrela Mountain Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Estrela Mountain Dog 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 Estrela Mountain Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Estrela Mountain Dog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Estrela Mountain Dog 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). Estrela Mountain Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Estrela Mountain Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Estrela Mountain Dog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed 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 to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Estrela Mountain Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Estrela Mountain Dog 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. Estrela Mountain Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Estrela Mountain Dog 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 Estrela Mountain Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Estrela Mountain Dog be a boat dog?

Not really

Estrela Mountain Dog 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 Estrela Mountain Dog be a drafting dog?

Yes

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. Estrela Mountain Dog breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Estrela Mountain Dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Estrela Mountain Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Estrela Mountain Dog: 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 Estrela Mountain Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
7-8 puppies

Estrela Mountain Dog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Estrela Mountain Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Estrela Mountain Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.

Estrela Mountain Dog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Estrela Mountain Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Estrela Mountain Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Estrela Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Estrela Mountain Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Estrela Mountain Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Estrela Mountain Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Estrela Mountain Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Estrela Mountain Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Estrela Mountain Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Estrela Mountain Dog breed in the home.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Estrela Mountain Dog breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Estrela Mountain Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Estrela Mountain Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Estrela Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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