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A Great Herding Dog-Azores Cattle Dog
A large dog rustic dog seen speedily weaving in and out between the cattle to bring a runaway back to the herd would be an impressive sight. Obviously, the dog has the courage of an outstanding herding dog.
The square shaped muscular body is covered with short sleek fur that can be grey, brindled or fawn in color. Although the dog is larger in size than other herding dogs, the size does not make it less agile.
In fact its elegant and efficient herding ability is seldom seen in other herding dogs. This very rare breed that is seldom seen outside Portugal is the Azores Cattle Dog.
History of the Sao Miguel Cattle Dog
From the time it was created and up to the present, the Azores Cattle Dog has always been a most valued dog that has an outstanding ability to herd unruly cattle.
Sao Miguel, the largest among the Azorean Islands was covered with dense vegetation during the 15th century.
The sailors of Prince Henry have decided to take advantage of the rich plant life by bringing cattle to the island.
Fourteen years later, large herds of unruly cattle practically covered the island. A breed of dog that is both intelligent and courageous is needed manage the cattle.
The Fila de Terceira is the ancestor of the breed that is now called Azores Cattle Dog and Cao Fila de Sao Miguel. This breed was crossed with molloser type dogs creating an outstanding herding dog that was given the name Azores Cattle Dog. It was widely accepted that the breed is already in existence in the 1800s.
The Sao Miguel Cattle Dog Today
Because of the innate herding abilities, extensive training is not really necessary to make the dog learn its herding duties. An Azores Cattle Dog’s aggressive personality is a valuable asset that makes this breed an outstanding guard dog. The dog is first and foremost a herder. The aggressive personality is vital in the performance of its duties thus very little effort was made to refine its ferocious temperament.
An Azores Cattle Dog is an efficient cattle herder & a dependable guard dog – but it is not for everyone especially for a first time dog owner. To be able to handle this tough guy, an owner has to be firm, dominant and has to have a fair knowledge of the dog’s special needs.
Final Thoughts About The Sao Miguel Cattle Dog
An Azores Cattle Dog is a working breed. This working dog is obviously not an apartment dweller. An Azores Cattle Dog is an outstanding breed especially if made to guard and to herd.