The Mucuchies is a rare breed from Venezuela, looking rather like a collie, with a short coat and feathering on the legs. The coat color is either all white, or white with splashes of other colors - honey colored, or shades of black ranging down to gray.
The Mucuchies is an active breed, intelligent and affectionate. Training and socialization are necessary - for the breed can be aggressive with strangers.
The Mucuchies is thought to have descended from various livestock guard dogs – Spanish Mastiff, Great Pyrenees, and Pyrenean Mastiff - that had been brought to Venezuela by the Spanish at the beginning of the 1900s. By 1926, the Mucuchies could be found throughout the Venezuela Andes and beyond, particularly in Caracas. There is a well-known painting of Simon Bolívar (1783-1830, and leader of Venezuela's fight for independence from Spain) on a horse, with the Mucuchies dog given him when he was crossing the Andes near Mérida, Venezuela. However, bad breeding and inbreeding hurt the stock. In 1961 a club was formed, to ensure that breeding would be improved for type and uniformity. In 1964, it was named the national dog breed of Venezuela. However, that club has recently been disbanded, and the future of the breed is uncertain.
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