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?
Purebred

Mucuchies Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies?
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 Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large Giant
Weight
How much does the Mucuchies weigh? Mucuchies weight:
66-110 pounds (30-50 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Mucuchies? Mucuchies average weight:
88.5 pounds (40 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mucuchies? Mucuchies height:
22-28 inches (56-71 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Mucuchies average height:
25 inches (63.5 cm)

Mucuchies Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mucuchies have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Mucuchies's coat?
WhiteWhite & HoneyWhite & TanWhite & Black & Gray
Grooming
How to groom the Mucuchies and how often?
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?
Mucuchiess 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 bathe this dog? 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.

Mucuchies Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mucuchies have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CourageousConfidentLoyalTrustworthyProtectiveAlert
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mucuchies? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Mucuchies's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Mucuchies dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Mucuchiess 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 Mucuchies is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mucuchies sensitivity:
Sensitive: Mucuchiess 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? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Mucuchiess 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:
Mucuchiess are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
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 a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mucuchies good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mucuchiess 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 an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mucuchiess 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.
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.)
Bite Force
Does the Mucuchies has a hard bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Mucuchies 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 Mucuchies do?
Mucuchiess 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 Mucuchiess need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mucuchies to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mucuchies roam?
Mucuchiess 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?
Mucuchiess have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mucuchies good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
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.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Mucuchiess adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Mucuchiess 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 Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mucuchies temperament with other people:
Mucuchiess are not stranger friendly dogs.
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?
Mucuchiess are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Mucuchies dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mucuchies temperament with children:
Mucuchiess 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?
Mucuchiess 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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Mucuchiess 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?
Yes
Mucuchiess are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Mucuchiess good office dogs? Do Mucuchiess make good office friendly dogs? Can Mucuchiess be office dogs?
No
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 Health

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?
Rare
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? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Mucuchies be? What is the age limit of the Mucuchies? How many years can the oldest Mucuchies live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Mucuchies: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mucuchies breed hypoallergenic?
No
Mucuchiess 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 Mucuchies have? What is the activity level of the Mucuchies?
Mucuchiess 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 activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Mucuchies dogs require per day?
Mucuchiess 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?
Mucuchiess 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 the Mucuchies need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
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'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 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 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 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. 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 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 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
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

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Mucuchies's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Mucuchies requires minimal grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Mucuchiess are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Mucuchiess are not the biggest explorers.
  • Child Friendly: Mucuchiess are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Mucuchiess are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mucuchiess are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mucuchiess are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Mucuchiess don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Mucuchies breed in the home.
  • Shedding Level: Mucuchiess 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: Mucuchiess 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

Introduction

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.

 

Origins

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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