The Cao Dos Mourey is primarily brindle, but this breed of dog is often also seen in a variety of different colors of brindle. Most owners have a tendency to prefer a dark brindle. Some dogs may have a white patch on the chest. One of the most notable aspects of this dog breed is its sheer size. This breed of dog can reach up to 180 pounds and is not a dog that is suitable for someone who is not able to handle the massive size of this breed. The size of this dog makes it extremely powerful. As such, it is a great working class dog. While it would not be typically expected, this breed of dog is capable of speeds that are not typically seen in such a large dog.
The Cao Dos Mourey is a dog that is well known for its devotion. Unlike some dogs that may become devoted to just one family member, this breed of dog will become devoted to everyone in the family. It should be noted that this dog will be somewhat aloof and even wary of strangers. As a result, this dog requires socialization early in their life. This is a dog that makes a good watch dog because of the way in which it naturally protects family and property. It should be noted that if this dog is socialized at an early age, it will tolerate other animals, but it is not a dog that naturally gets along well with other dogs. It particularly has a tendency to try to dominate other dogs in the same environment. Beyond this, the Cao Dos Mourey has a relatively calm disposition. If there are small children in the family, pet owners should be aware that the size of this dog could be a problem. The dog is not intentionally aggressive toward children, but the size of the dog could unwittingly present a problem for small children who could get knocked over by a dog that weighs more than them.
For the most part, this breed does not have a lot of serious health problems. Potential owners should be aware of the fact that because of the size of this breed, there may be a tendency toward hip dysplasia, which can result in lameness at its most severe. Prospective owners may wish to investigate the lineage when purchasing a Cao Dos Mourey in order to determine the prevalence of problems with hip dyslplasia within the dog's ancestors. When given plenty of exercise, a solid diet and regular checkups, this breed has an average life expectancy of up to thirteen years.
The Cao Dos Mourey can be traced back to a breeding program that began more than 35 years ago and stems from the English banddog. The first research into breeding this dog began in 1975. The primary breeds that were used in the breeding program were the terrier, bulldog and mastiff. The goal of the breeding program that ultimately produced the Cao Dos Mourey was to recreate a working class mastiff dog that had been popular prior to the 20th century. The dog we know today takes many of its characteristics from the different dogs that were used in the breeding program. For example, it is said to take its tenacity from its bulldog ancestors.
In terms of maintenance, the Cao Dos Mourey does not require excessive maintenance. The coat on this dog will need to be brushed two to three times per week. The dog will need to be bathed when necessary. The Cao Dos Mourey is considered to be an average shedder.
The best environment for this dog is one in which it will receive proper training and socialization early in life. This is a dog that can be quite loyal to its family, but it can be somewhat aggressive with other dogs if it is left off the leash or left out in the open, so it should also be given plenty of room in which to roam and a secure fence. When taking this dog out for walks, it is important not to let the dog off the leash as it can be wary of strangers and try to dominate other dogs. Due to the size of this dog, the Cao dos Mourey may not be an appropriate dog for everyone. The ideal owner will be one who is capable of handling this dog and who understands the hierarchy which dogs tend to deviate toward. The Cao Dos Mourey can do fine in an apartment, but regular exercise is an absolute must with this dog. This dog does well playing and will enjoy regular play sessions of chasing a ball or tugging on a rope.
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