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Mucuchies Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginVenezuela flagVenezuela
Other Names
What other names does the Mucuchies have?
Dog of PáramosPerro de los PáramosVenezuelan Sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Mucuchies Size and Weight

Is a Mucuchies small, medium or large dog?

How big do Mucuchies get?

What is the average size of a Mucuchies?

How much does the Mucuchies weigh? How much should a Mucuchies weight? What is the normal weight of a Mucuchies? How much does a full-grown Mucuchies weight?
66-110 pounds (30-50 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Mucuchies?
88.5 pounds (40 kg)
How tall is the Mucuchies? Mucuchies height:
22-28 inches (56-71 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Mucuchies?
25 inches (63.5 cm)

Mucuchies Price and Availability

How much does the Mucuchies puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Mucuchies in the United States? How much money is a Mucuchies?

Where to buy a Mucuchies with a good pedigree?

Unfortunately, we couldn't find the price of the Mucuchies. If you have a Mucuchies for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mucuchies gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Mucuchies? How many Mucuchies are there in the world?
Average: The Mucuchies is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Mucuchies Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mucuchies? Is the Mucuchies breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Mucuchies dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Mucuchies is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Mucuchies dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Mucuchies?
Mucuchies 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.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mucuchies good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Mucuchies dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mucuchies dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Mucuchies can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Mucuchies will take care of unwanted people or animals.

Mucuchies Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Mucuchies have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mucuchies sensitivity:
Sensitive: Mucuchies dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Mucuchies a good family dog?
Average to High: Mucuchies 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 Dog of Páramos need? Mucuchies social needs:
Mucuchies dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mucuchies to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mucuchies roam?
Mucuchies dogs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance of escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mucuchies have high prey drive?
Mucuchies dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.

Mucuchies Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Mucuchies is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Mucuchies dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dog of Páramos bark?
Average to High: The Mucuchies is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

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

Apartment Friendly
Is Mucuchies good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Mucuchies in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies indoors by introducing daily routines.

Mucuchies Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Mucuchies dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Mucuchies be left alone? How long can you leave a Mucuchies alone?
Mucuchies dogs 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.

Mucuchies Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Mucuchies has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Mucuchies? How much bite force does a Mucuchies have? How strong is a Mucuchies bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Mucuchies bite force: The Strongest. The Mucuchies bite force is among the strongest in the canine world. The bite force Mucuchies measurements are typically quite high, which is a testament to their powerful and large stature. The bite force of Mucuchies dogs is impressive, and their Mucuchies bite PSI is reflective of their powerful nature.

The Mucuchies PSI bite should be respected, and appropriate precautions should be taken when interacting with these dogs. The PSI of a Mucuchies bite is high, making them one of the strongest breeds in terms of bite force.

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.

To ensure a well-behaved and controlled dog, it's important to learn how to train a Mucuchies puppy not to bite from an early age. It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.

Biting Potential
Do Mucuchies bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dog of Páramos? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mucuchies? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Mucuchies 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.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mucuchies do?
Mucuchies dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mucuchies dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Mucuchies Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Mucuchies dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Mucuchies rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Mucuchies breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Mucuchies see the vet?
The Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies dogs live? How old can a Mucuchies be? What is the age limit of the Mucuchies? How many years can the oldest Mucuchies live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Mucuchies?

How long is the lifespan of a Mucuchies?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Mucuchies: 11 years
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.

Mucuchies Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Mucuchies have? What is the activity level of the Mucuchies?
Mucuchies dogs 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 Mucuchies need? How much exercise do Mucuchies dogs require per day?

Do Mucuchies dogs need a lot of exercises?

Mucuchies 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 the Mucuchies breed need?
Mucuchies dogs 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.

Mucuchies Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Mucuchies need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Mucuchies breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Mucuchies? How much food should I feed my Mucuchies?
3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mucuchies risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Mucuchies's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk 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 Mucuchies weight regularly.

Mucuchies Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mucuchies have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Mucuchies coats?
White White & TanWhite & HoneyWhite & Black & Gray
How to groom the Mucuchies and how often? How often should I take my Mucuchies to the groomer?
Effortless: The Mucuchies requires minimal 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 sometimes to avoid infections. Mucuchies is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Mucuchies dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dog of Páramos? Do Mucuchies dogs shed a lot?
Mucuchies dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Mucuchies breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Mucuchies need a bath? How often should you give a Mucuchies a bath? Can I bathe my Mucuchies 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.

Is the Mucuchies breed hypoallergenic?
Mucuchies dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher 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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies drool?
The Mucuchies is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

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

Mucuchies Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mucuchies dogs get along with other pets? Are Mucuchies dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mucuchies dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mucuchies temperament with other people:
Mucuchies dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Mucuchies dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mucuchies temperament with children:
Mucuchies dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies breed live with a cat?
Mucuchies dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Mucuchies good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mucuchies dogs get along with other dogs?
Mucuchies dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Mucuchies can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mucuchies breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Mucuchies breed suitable for first-time owners?
Mucuchies dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Mucuchies dogs good office canines? Do Mucuchies dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Mucuchies is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mucuchies dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dog of Páramos temperament with senior people? Are Mucuchies dogs good for elderly owners?
Mucuchiess are usually recommended for elderly people.

Mucuchies As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mucuchies 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).

Mucuchies is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mucuchies be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Mucuchies 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.

Mucuchies is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mucuchies 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.

Mucuchies is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mucuchies be a boat dog?

Not really

Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies 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.

Mucuchies is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Mucuchies dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Mucuchies Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Mucuchies pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Mucuchies breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Mucuchies: 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 Mucuchies have in a litter? How many puppies can the Mucuchies breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Mucuchies have? How many puppies can a Mucuchies give birth to?
3-8 puppies

Mucuchies Recognition

AKC Group
Is Mucuchies recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Mucuchies recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Mucuchies Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Mucuchies dogs have great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Mucuchies requires minimal grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Mucuchies dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Mucuchies dogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Child Friendly: Mucuchies dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Mucuchies dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mucuchiess are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mucuchies dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Mucuchies dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Mucuchies breed in the home.
  • Shedding Level: Mucuchies dogs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Mucuchies's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Mucuchies dogs 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.
  • Office Friendly: Mucuchies is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Mucuchies History


The Mucuchies dog breed is an exceedingly unusual dog breed that evolved in Venezuela's mountains prior to the 1800s when dogs that had traveled with Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s and 1600s began breeding with each other and with other dogs found locally.

While they were popular locally until the early 20th century, they were practically extinct by the 1960s. In the Venezuelan mountains, concentrated breeding operations are ongoing with the goal of re-establishing the breed, though the success or failure of those projects has yet to be determined.



In 1498, when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in what is now Venezuela, they were followed by their dogs, which included a mix of Spanish, Algerian, and Pyrenean Mastiffs, as well as Pyrenees, Atlas Ovejero, and possibly other types.

Once the conquistadors had conquered the indigenous people and settled in their dogs began interbreeding, with each other and, some speculate, with an unknown dog breed originally native to that area of South America. This crossbreeding is thought to represent the origins of the Mucuchies dog, with additional mastiff infusions possible in the following generations.

Moreover, it is interesting to highlight that during their liberation effort in the 1800s, Simon Bolivar and his troops came to a halt at a Hacienda in Mucuchies, but were stopped at the gate by a puppy who barked violently, valiantly guarding its master's property.

When Bolivar voiced his admiration, the puppy's owner called the young dog off and handed the dog to him as a present.

Bolivar gave the puppy the name Nevado, which means "snowy," and they became frequent companions, along with a guy named Tinjaca, who was chosen to look after the dog while they were on the road.

Nevado was credited with saving Bolivar's life multiple times during his battle for freedom, but he was speared with a lance during the Battle of Carabobo in 1821, losing his life but assisting the Venezuelan people in gaining independence.

The Mucuchies were shepherds and working dogs, watching and protecting livestock from predators.

Over the years these dogs were bred to develop powerful and very versatile working dogs and by 1926, the Mucuchies could be found all throughout Venezuela and beyond.

For a long time, the Mucuchies breed was popular in the area, but by the mid-19th century, poor breeding techniques had brought the Mucuchies breed to the brink of extinction.

In the 1960s, Santiago and Carlos Cruz sought to resurrect the Mucuchies by importing Great Pyrenees dogs, but their efforts were fruitless, and the Mucuchies were eventually disbanded. In an attempt to save the species, the Navado Foundation, a group with ties to 63rd Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, has since been formed.

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