Anyone watching a large dog at a mad dash between the cattle to herd a runaway would surely be impressed. 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. The dog’s elegant and efficient working ability is not seen in other dogs. This is the Azores Cattle Dog, an extremely rare breed that is rarely seen outside Portugal, its country of origin.
Ever since its creation, the Azores Cattle Dogs has always been vital in managing herds of unruly cattle. Sao Miguel, the largest among the Azorean Islands was covered with dense vegetation during the 15th century. To take advantage of the thick and rich vegetation, the sailors of Prince Henry have decided to let loose cattle on the fringes of the island. Fourteen years later, large herds of unruly cattle practically covered the island. To address this concern, an intelligent and courageous breed has to 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 mollosers and resulted to the creation of the outstanding herding breed, the Azores Cattle Dog. It was accepted that the breed is already in existence since the 1800s.
This dog has an inherent herding ability thus very little training is necessary to make the dog learn the ropes of herding. An Azores Cattle Dog’s aggressive personality is a valuable asset that makes this breed an outstanding guard dog. An Azores Cattle Dog was specifically developed to be a herder. An aggressive temperament is therefore necessary in the performance of its duties hence, breeders have made no efforts to tone down its ferociousness.
An Azores Cattle Dog is a very efficient herder and a dependable guard dog but it is not suitable for first time dog owners. This breed would need a dominant owner that will be able to make the dog toe the line and one that will understand the special needs of this breed. An Azores Cattle Dog is a working breed. Obviously, the dog would not thrive in an apartment being kept mainly as a home companion. An Azores Cattle Dog is an outstanding breed especially if made to guard and to herd.
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