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Cão da Serra de Aires

Portuguese Sheepdog, Portuguese Shepherd Dog


The coat of the Portuguese Sheepdog is either long and smooth or with a slight wave. It does not have an undercoat. Colors include yellow-red chestnut, gray, fawn, wolf or black. A few white hairs are permissible but patches of white hairs are not, except for white patches on the chest. The forelimbs are symmetrically covered with long hair. It has a beard, which gives it a mature look. The eyes are round and dark, with a gentle expression. The moderately sized ears usually hang down the sides of the cheeks, but sometimes they are cropped. Cropping is banned in some European countries. For his moderate size, the dog appears rather high on the legs. His feet are particularly adaptable to rough terrain. His legs are strong and his chest is deep. The hair is longer on the head, giving the dog bangs and a banged-up untidy look. It has a wide, sturdy head with a prominent nose, and strong jaws and teeth. The tail is pointed, reaching the dog's hocks.

The breed standard states that the ideal Cão da Serra de Aires is "exceptionally intelligent and very lively.", devoted to the flock and the shepherd but wary of strangers and a good night guarding dog.

Size Medium
Height 16-22 inches (41-56 cm)
Weight 26-40 pounds (12-18 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors Black Fawn Grey Wolf grey
Origin Portugal
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Portuguese Sheepdog is not recommended for apartment life. Assuming it gets enough exercise it will be calm indoors. As a working dog with a need for exercise, it prefers living outdoors, but does enjoy an occasional visit in the home.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Portuguese Sheepdog has extreme stamina. If it gets enough exercise, including a daily, long walk, it will be calm in the house. This breed does very well in agility.


Cão da Serra de Aires can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Portuguese Sheepdogs exhibiting basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.



Grooming Requirements

Check the all-weather coat regularly for tangles but do not brush the coat too much, as it will affect the texture and the rough look. Trim any excess hairs between the pads of the feet. This breed should be shampooed only when necessary.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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