Little known and disclosed, the Castro Laboreiro Dog guard and defends a notable way the flocks, constituting a source of pride for its region, which is the breed extinct. Despite the expression rude, typical of a mastiff mountain, is sweet and tranquil as a companion dog, requiring very little care.
Many do not recognize the Castro Laboreiro Dog if they saw it on the street, and some even could be confused with a Serra da Estrela of the short, with a Rafeiro do Alentejo or even with a Queue of São Miguel. Although there has been an evolution of the parallel and similar to these breeds in portugal, the Castro Laboreiro, which has gained the name of the region where it is from, it deviates from the well of his contemporaries.
Notice to navigation: because of their temperament, characteristic of a molossóide, need a leader, firm and assertive, not being indicated to the owners the first trip.
SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS IN THE CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG
Constantly vigilant, is the left ideal property, maintaining a presence hostile towards strangers, though not very confrontador. Has a bark quite peculiar, whose tone starts low and deep, rising until it reaches high frequencies and prolonged.
Agile, athletic, and designed to work in the rural world, needs space and exercise frequently, enjoying to accompany their owners on walks. It is rather resistant to heat and cold and can go miles without tiring.
PHYSICAL DOG OF CASTRO LABOREIRO
It is a dog of type amastinado, look rustic and vigorous. Sublongilinear (longer than high), has a bone structure strong and muscular. The neck, well developed, gives a proud carriage of the head, which is long but proportional to the body, with skin developed but without wrinkles. The ears, insertion a little above average and triangular shape, fell to the front when the dog is attentive. The hair is usually short and rifled.
TEMPERAMENT OF THE DOG OF CASTRO LABOREIRO
The function for which it was originally hewn has given this breed a strong personality and independent, who likes to make their own decisions. The characteristics lupinas (wolf), so present in Castro Laboreiro Dog, make this stand only the orders of their owners, responding to mail merge a intervention of others.
However, it is a dog loyal, docile and calm for the family, companion and protector dedicated to children, who tolerate some mischief.
THE HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG
For being rustic, as any hillside, this is a dog fairly healthy, with little likelihood of developing health problems. When this happens, it reveals a great capacity for resistance.
- Dysplasia lame-femoral and elbow.
TAKING CARE OF THE DOG OF CASTRO LABOREIRO
- While the dog is young, the exercise should be moderate so as not to have consequences in the development of their bone structure.
- The coat does not require great care, but to keep it always clean and shiny, brush it of 15 and 15 days. The bath can be given occasionally and, preferably, when the weather is hot so it can dry naturally.
THE SOURCE OF THE CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG
The Castro Laboreiro Dog is a dog breeds the oldest in Portugal, being originally from the parish that gave it its name, in the municipality of Melgaço, in the far North of the country. A mountainous region, and the wasteland that, until the middle of the last century, it suffered a great isolation, which has contributed a lot to the appearance of this dog.
Since always dedicated to sheep farming, and the inhabitants of Castro Laboreiro developed an animal to ensure the guard and protection of the cattle and of themselves, possessing the ideal characteristics for mountain climbing, as well as the strength and the courage needed to confront predators such as wolves.
Some literature references of the NINETEENTH century highlight the qualities of the breed: it is the case of the book the Brazilian of Prazins, of Camilo Castelo Branco.
In 1935, the veterinarian Manuel Fernandes Marques draws up and publishes the first standard official breed. Since then, this is in a critical state or in danger of extinction.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG
The Castro Laboreiro Dog is one of the breeds less well-known and sought-after in Portugal. However, some historical references indicate that D. Duarte Nuno of Bragança, father of D. Duarte Pio de Bragança, had one of these dogs.
Due to its strength and agility, as he excelled in other roles, having been used as police dogs and military in the marine Corps Portuguese, guide dog and still holding the title of World Champion of Agility in the 1990s.
Every year, in August, takes place the Competition of Dogs of Castro Laboreiro, the oldest existing in our country and that brings together the best examples of the breed.