About the Breed
Estrela Mountain Dog has its house here in the Serra da Estrela (Portugal) since ancient times, losing in time their true origin. It should be, however, one of the oldest dog breeds in the Iberian Peninsula ... The dogs accompanying the herds as vigilant guardians. They scattered across the country, especially in the center, coming from the mountain when babies or born already from dogs of mountain regions... It is this part of the historical summary appendix to the standard of the breed designed in the early '30s by cinolog professor Dr. Manuel Fernandes Marques. It is assumed that was the best possible at the time. However it is still a very important factor these days, because without this prior groundwork now would have the greatest difficulties in continuing to develop and diversify the history of the breed that had its great development in recent years. The transhumance of mountain herds of sheep to the region of Coimbra, Douro and Idanha, where shepherds settled temporarily during the winter months to feed livestock as in mountain successive snowfalls made impossible the access of animals to pasture was that this time the feOur Dogs give birth. The puppies would eventually there be delivered to the owners of the properties where the cattle remained. For this reason the breed was setting in these areas which later came to develop excellent features guard of property and other assets. So the breed has gradually spreading to other parts of the country, mainly to the north. Now the breed is spread from north to south of Portugal and also implemented in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Scandinavia and also in the United States of America and Brazil. We believe that gradually will reach the entire world.
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