Ca de Bestiar (long-haired)
Height (Shoulder height)
long-haired / undercoat / wavy
Food expenses per month in €
about € 82
Suitable for children
Needs a garden
Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment
First dog suitable
Needs much attention
Care and grooming
Medium grooming effort
Eager to learn
Needs a lot of exercise
sensitive / bold / intelligent / loyal / confident / mistrustful of strangers
watchdog / shepherd dog
Dog type according to FCI
sheepdogs and cattledogs (exept swiss cattledogs)
Shepherd dogs have the task to defend their herd from bear and wolf attacks. They are usually suspicious of strangers. Especially at dusk, when people go to rest, their instincts of defense and guarding become active. They are often insecure outside their territory. These animals need a task as working dogs. Shepherd dogs are not dependent on humans, because they must react independently and quickly to danger.
Cattledogs drive the cattle of the traders with a lot of barking, sometimes over long distances, to the market. They protect it from thieves and make sure that none escapes. These powerful, robust dogs have great assertiveness, because in certain situations they have to decide for themselves what to do.
Shepherd dogs emerged as agriculture grew and wolves were largely extinct. No longer protecting the independent, but keeping and driving the herd animals together without much barking became their tasks. They work together with the shepherd, have to react to his instructions as quick as lightning, but are also able to make their own decisions. They are fast, intelligent, agile, persevering and want to work.
Undemanded dogs in this group tend to have behavioural problems. Their instinct to keep the herd together is innate. For example, it happens that fast-moving children are tweaked into change. They need a clear, loving education, a task or a substitute task and are to be inspired for sporty activities.
Also, these animals must learn to come to rest. The active part is no problem for them, but if they are overstrained and do not come to rest, this can also lead to behavior problems.
The Ca de Bestiar is known to be very alert, loyal and feisty. He favors physical and mental exercises and is not suitable for a city-life, as he likes to have a lot of space and likes to spend time outdoors. A soft but firm training is recommended. He is not compatible with strangers and conspecifics, and tens to be attached to only one person, therefore, he is not suitable for families.
This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.