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 dog’s muscular square shaped body is smoothly covered with short grey, fawn or brindled fur. 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. The Azores Cattle Dog, an extremely rare breed that is rarely seen outside Portugal, its country of origin.

The Azores Cattle Dog has always been viewed as an important aide in herding unmanageable herds of cattle. Back in the 15th century, Sao Miguel Island, the biggest island in the Azores is densely covered with vegetation. 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. To take the issue in hand, it was decided that a breed with excellent herding qualities must be developed.

The Azores Cattle Dog, otherwise known as Cao Fila de Sao Miguel was developed from a breed called Fila de Terceira. The Fila de Terceira was crossed with molosser and resulted to the creation of the outstanding herding breed, the Azores Cattle Dog. The breeds existence was documented since the 1800s.

The herding ability is innate in this breed thus it would need very little training to perform is herding duties efficiently. An Azores Cattle Dog has the aggressive temperament that is considered as an asset of a good 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. Only a dog wise and a dog experienced dominant owner that has what it takes to handle a breed known for its tough personality is qualified to have this breed. This is a working breed. Obviously, the dog would not thrive in an apartment being kept mainly as a home companion. This dog would be happiest if allowed to do the jobs it was specifically developed for – to guard its masters and to manage the cattle.