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In Portugal, people call the Portuguese Sheepdog “cão da Serra de Aires”, which is the name of a mountain range in the country of origin of the breed. The Portuguese Sheepdog is a herding breed entirely devoted to its flock, although nowadays it tends to act more as a guard dog and companion. They are usually found in their homelands in Portugal. Although they are rare, purebred dogs, you may find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Do not buy if this is the breed for you, this dog would make an excellent addition to a family or person who has experience with dogs. A home with a secure yard is a must for this intelligent and lively breed. They benefit from family activities and are very loyal, forming strong bonds with their families.
The coat of the Portuguese Shepherd Dog comes in a variety of colours, the most common being yellow, black, grey and fawn. Although not a good choice for allergy sufferers, Portuguese Sheepdogs are easy to groom. The Portuguese Shepherd Dog is devoted to its family, but is naturally wary of strangers. The Portuguese Shepherd Dog is a sturdy dog and relates and plays well with children, but its herding instincts may show. The Portuguese Shepherd Dog usually gets along very well with cats and other dogs, but it is important to supervise him, as he may try to establish dominance. The Portuguese Shepherd Dog needs a firm and loving parent.
The Portuguese Sheepdog is a rare breed that has been around since the early 20th century. They are rarely seen outside their homeland of Portugal. In the 1970s they were on the verge of extinction, but thanks to a few breed lovers, they are now thriving in slightly greater numbers. The Portuguese Shepherd Dog is recognised by the following clubs: ACA – American Canine Association Inc.ACR – American Canine RegistryAKC – American Kennel ClubAPRI – American Pet Registry, Inc.CKC – Continental Kennel ClubDRA – Dog Registry of America, Inc.NKC – National Kennel Club
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