(Castro Laboreiro Livestock Guarding Dog, Castro Laboreiro Dog, Portuguese Cattle Dog) The Cão de Castro Laboreiro has a dense, weather-resistant coat that is coarse and slightly rough to the touch. The breed exists in a number of colors including black, mahogany, and chestnut.
The Cão de Castro Laboreiro is a fearless flock guard with strong protective instincts. They are highly intelligent and brave, and they are very dominant. For this reason, the breed is sometimes aggressive with people it does not know. 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 Cão de Castro Laboreiro requires a dominant owner. This breed can sometimes be difficult to control, and it is not recommended for first time dog owners. Heavy-handed or overly harsh training does not work with this breed.
The owner should be dominant in the sense of persuasive, strict, straightforward and reliable in his/her "yes and nos", Never use harsh physical punishment and always reward in gestures, snacks, and short, high pitched words. Criticism should be uttered in a deeper voice and short growls.
There are no reported health issues or concerns for this breed.
While the exact origin of the Cão de Castro Laboreiro is unknown, it is likely that the breed originated from Euro-Asia. They are very rare, and they are native to Portugal. The breed is related to the Rafeiro Alentejano.
In the older days, they shared their food with their shepherd-owners. The CCL will accept all kinds of food, never overeats, and will stop eating when they have had enough. Their fur is practically self-cleaning. Their ears may require frequent cleaning.
The Cão de Castro Laboreiro needs plenty of space and a job to perform. They are not suited to life in a small household or apartment, and they at least need a large-sized yard.
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