Estrela Mountain Dog

Breed History / Description

The mountain range known as the Serra da Estrela, in central Portugal, was the region where the breed was developed as a flock guard and he can work on the summits 2000 feet above sea level or on the parched summer lowlands. 

Strongly built, it is thought that there is some mastiff influence in their background. Intensely loyal to his owner, the Estrela is an excellent guard dog not only of livestock but of his owner and his territory. The neatly folded back ears and a hook to the tip of the tail are breed features.


A hardy guard dog, active and has considerable stamina. 


Loyal, affectionate to owners, aloof to others. Intelligent and alert. Self-willed yet trainable.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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