Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai

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Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai
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Blue merle Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai
Other namesCane da pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai, Pastore del Lagorai, Pastore della Lessinia, Pastore della Val d'Adige
Breed statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Coat Semi-long
Color fawn, merle, brown, black
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai is an old Italian dog breed from the northeastern region called Triveneto. It is recognized neither by the FCI nor the ENCI.


The breed was developed in mountain areas of Eastern Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Evidence of existence of sheep and goat drovers in the Italian Alps dates back to the Neolithic age. These dogs were probably descendants of so called "Natufian dogs" brought from Paphlagonia to Italy via Eastern Alps.[1].

The Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai has been traditionally used in pastoral activities, such as managing herd and driving cattle across plains of Triveneto. Still used for the same purpose, natural selection has made it a rustic and healthy working dog. There is a project going on to protect the breed from extinction and to gain an official breed status, led by Società Italiana Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai.


The Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai is a medium-sized, agile sheepdog of the "lupine" type. The ears are large and triangular, being either erect, semi-erect (folded) or drooping. The coat is semi-long and the undercoat is thick. Typical colours include fawn, merle (blue or red), brown, and black.[1]


The breed is lively, active, docile, and curious, requiring plenty of exercise. It is also a tireless worker, driving both sheep, cattle, and horse.