Cane Lupino del Gigante

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The Cane Lupino del Gigante, also known as Cane da Pastore dell'Appennino Reggiano o Cane Luvin, is a local variant of Cane Toccatore which has been used by shepherds on the Apennine Mountains near Reggio Emilia. Gigante refers to a mountain present in the area where the dogs live. The decline of sheep raising in the area led to a decline in the numbers of the breed which is now reduced to about 200 specimens.

In 2018, a genetic study found that just prior to 1859 a broadly distributed European herding dog had given rise to the German Shepherd, the French Berger Picard, and the five Italian herding breeds: Bergamasco Shepherd, Cane Paratore, Lupino del Gigante, Pastore d'Oropa, and the it:Cane da pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai.[1] The dog only weighs 20 to 30 kilograms (44 to 66 lb) in most cases and only a few specimens are bigger than that. It is a very docile dogs which can be used to drive sheep or to guard property. The Italian Kennel Club does not recognize the breed.


  1. ^ Talenti, Andrea; Dreger, Dayna L; Frattini, Stefano; Polli, Michele; Marelli, Stefano; Harris, Alexander C; Liotta, Luigi; Cocco, Raffaella; Hogan, Andrew N; Bigi, Daniele; Caniglia, Romolo; Parker, Heidi G; Pagnacco, Giulio; Ostrander, Elaine A; Crepaldi, Paola (2018). "Studies of modern Italian dog populations reveal multiple patterns for domestic breed evolution". Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.3842. 

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