Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

21 months

Height (Shoulder height)

55 cm


30 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / coarse-haired / smooth / dense

Coat color

grey, yellow, falb brindle

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint

Food expenses per month in €

about € 68

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not




Needs more attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


balanced / alert / confident

Bred for

watchdog / hunting dog, hound

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint

Dog type according to FCI

pinscher and schnauzer - molossoid - swiss mountain and cattledogs

FCI description

Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer. These were once farm dogs that kept house and stables free of mice and rats. They also protected against intruders and accompanied the carts. They are often independent, suspicious of strangers and vigilant.

Section 2 Molossoids. These great dane-like dogs were used in the war as fighting dogs and in the Middle Ages for big game hunting. Later for guarding large estates. They are big, defensive dogs who protect and defend their family. They need a loving education early on and must not be armed in any way, otherwise the strong animals get out of control. Also the mountain dogs were typical house and yard dogs which are ready to defend but little aggressive. With same-sex conspecific, they get along however usually less well because of its distinctive precinct-behavior.

Section 3 Swiss Mountain Dog. These worked as herd prodection dogs or guard dogs in alpine valleys or pulled milk carts. They are independent, territorial and guarded house, yard and livestock.

Many dogs from this group grow very big, have a strong personality and need patient training. They can become great partners for life if you have enough space and time. Others are small, but still stubborn and want to be challenged so that their activity and vigilance can be lived out and not used against others.

Short description

The Castro Laboreiro Dog is the product of a cross breeding of Spanish sailors' dogs and island-dos from the Azores. They were primarily used as guard- and cattle dogs. Today, they are still popular guard dogs in Portugal. He wants to be challenged and should be socialised early on, as his strong protective instinct, especially with children, can lead to problems later on. He often remains sceptical of strangers, and he usually gets on well with other animals on the farm.

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.