Cao Castro Laboreiro Breed Profile


KC Group Working/Pastoral

Size Large

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Yes

Moulting level Low

Grooming Light

Exercise requirement Lots

Jogging partner Yes

Cao Castro Laboreiro Breed Profile

The Cao Castro Laboreiro is native to Portugal and is one of the oldest European dog breeds, used for generations as a family pet and companion. They are very loyal, an excellent guard dog and protector of livestock, and never switch off for a moment.

They are a noble and hardy mountain breed with a fearsome expression. This breed has a very unique character, and is known for being very intelligent, loyal, and a great family companion that is excellent with children, their dedication and obedience towards his own, the protection of the family and livestock are known to everyone. The Cao Castra Laboreiro is a well balanced dog - an all-rounder with a strong character. They are known to show empathy towards their owner. The Cao de Castro Laboreiro is among the world's rarest dog breeds, with a total worldwide population of only 250-500 purebred dogs. A true living hidden treasure of Portugal, The Castro Laboreiro Dog.

Castro Laboreiro dog character

The Cao de Castro Laboreiro is a fearless flock guard with strong protective instincts. They are highly intelligent and brave. They are loyal, docile, and devoted to their owners. They are reliable and trustworthy with children in their family. They are very suspicious of strangers, and they will only obey the commands of their owner. They will only bark if they feel there is something wrong. The Cao de Castro Laboreiro requires a dominant owner. Heavy-handed or overly harsh training does not work with this breed. The Cao de Castro Laboreiro possesses a fearsome and penetrating expression.

Castro Laboreiro dog size and health

This breed is muscular, well-built, robust, rustic and medium to large in size. Dogs should measure 55-60cm and bitches 52-57cm, with weights of around 40kg to 45kg respectively. Coat colours are also described in wolf terms, dark wolf colour, most breeders prefer the is considered the 'mountain colour' (cor do monte), that are brown (called pine-seed) or dark red, to a light brindle. Don't allow too much exercise at a young age. There are no known health issues with this breed.

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Castro Laboreiro dog special care

This super intelligent and novel dog must be socialised from an early age and you must make sure you have the time and space to train and exercise them properly. When not working, this breed needs to be taken for daily walks. Brush dogs once a week just to remove any old hair.