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CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG

The Castro Laboreiro Dog is native to Portugal, originated in the geographical area that gives it its name, the former county of Laboreiro in the North of Portugal. The word "Cao" meaning dog. It is believed to have been around for thousands of years and is considered to be one of the oldest European breeds.The history, geography and isolation of these lands, the region led to the appearance of a kind of dog with specific and well defined characteristics apart from the other common existing races. This region of Castro Laboreiro is situated at an average altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the far north of Portugal. The mountainous area of Castro Laboreiro takes us to the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês and a different side of Melgaço where the villages are isolated and so being one of Minho's better preserved habitats. It is the original place of the world famous canine breed, the Castro Laboreiro dog.

This centuries-old indigenous breed was selected emphatically for centuries in order to choose a dog type that would meet the needs of family and population, as a family pet and companion, the defense of the home and of family animals. This mastiff, the most agile dog of the mastiff family, has a unique genetic makeup, for all of this, consider the race one of the oldest European breeds. It is part of their character and breeding to bond with and protect their flock fiercely, mainly against the wolf which is now also protected in Portugal It is now a very rare breed, and almost became extinct at one stage, they are one of the world`s rarest dog breeds, with a total worldwide population of only 250 - 500 purebred dogs. This region of Castro Laboreiro is situated at an average altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the far north of Portugal. The mountainous area of Castro Laboreiro takes us to the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês and a different side of Melgaço where the villages are isolated and so being one of Minho's better preserved habitats. It is the original place of the world famous canine breed, the Castro Laboreiro dog. The breed is recognized by the Club Português de Canicultura (Portuguese Kennel Club) and has had an official standard since 1935 (FCI since 1967), and its registered breed in most Kennel Unions all over Europe. Being a very rustic and perfectly balanced dog, an all-rounder with a strong character. With his unique characteristic, super intelligence, loyalty, he is probably one of the best dogs in the world.

The Cao Castro Laboreiro, used for generations as a family companion, a good guard dog, a excellent protector of livestock, never switching off for a moment, they are noble and a very hardy mountain breed. They are now rapidly gaining popularity as a all-rounder family dog. He is very intelligent, a good guard dog, a great family companion, excellent with children, and one of the best guard dogs of livestock. Their dedication and obedience towards his own, the protection of the family and livestock are known to everyone. This centuries-old indigenous breed was selected emphatically for centuries in order to choose a dog type that would meet the needs of family and population, for family company, the defence of the home and of family animals. This mastiff, the most agile dog of the mastiff family, has a unique genetic makeup, for all of this, consider the race one of the oldest European breeds. It is part of their character and breeding to bond with and protect their flock fiercely, mainly against the wolf which is now also protected in Portugal.

The Castro Laboreiro dog was mainly brought up by the women of this region, making them an excellent devoted family dog. Their unique lifestyle and isolation back then was fundamental to the breed and for this reason this breed of dog kept to themselves, for a long time, in a relative state of purity. If under attack, the dogs will stand between the flock and the wolf, barking and chasing the wolf away. Their sense of smell is so powerful they can even distinguish between the goats or sheep of their own flock and another. Most of the time they did their protecting work on their own, without a shepherd. The great number of livestock guaranteed enough work for the Castro Laboreiro. Unfortunately, most of the population of the town of Castro Laboreiro is now elderly, because the younger people have left for the cities, where earning money seems to be easier, due to a few other things and the reduction of local livestock, were threatening the existence of the Laboreiro. Recently, some Laboreiros have been exported to the U.S. to protect sheep flocks from wolves and coyotes. With his unique characteristic, super intelligence, loyalty, he is probably one of the best dogs in the world. It was mainly brought up by the women of this region, making them an excellent family dog. Their unique lifestyle and isolation back then was fundamental to the breed and for this reason this breed of dog kept to themselves, for a long time, in a relative state of purity. If under attack, the dogs will stand between the flock and the wolf, barking and chasing the wolf away. Their sense of smell is so powerful they can even distinguish between the goats or sheep of their own flock and another. The protection of livestock and guarding of the family home during the day and night, were his duties during the last centuries. Their main enemies were always the wolf (perhaps bear in earlier centuries) and persons outside the family home. Their dedication and obedience towards his own family, are known to everyone. It is a Portuguese breed, a mountain dog, a livestock protector, and their behaviour is quite unlike that of herding dogs.

The Castro laboreiro is rare breed and very unique, and creates a strong bond with his family, for this reason it does not accept orders from strangers. He is very playful and tolerant with children and all other members of the family. This dog is the product of a selection of thousands of years, which guarantees an "empathy" with the owner more than any modern canine race. Selected as the dog breed that worked over the centuries, is a versatile dog, whose gentleness, agility and courage is second to none. It is a dog of choice for its rare qualities of character and genetic antiquity. On the threshold of sec. XXI Dog Castro Laboreiro turned out to be searched as a great guard dog and family pet and companion, and one of the best guards dogs in the world of livestock. Its rarity is the result of a very small herd of breeding females. The Castro Laboreiro dog is noble and super intelligent, rustic, he is a all rounder and well balance dog with a huge devotion to the family, makes him one of the best dogs in the world. It is part of their character and breeding to bond with and protect their flock fiercely, mainly against the wolf which is now also protected in Portugal. The Castro Laboreiro dog was mainly brought up by the women of this region, making them an excellent devoted family dog.

Their unique lifestyle and isolation back then was fundamental to the breed and for this reason this breed of dog kept to themselves, for a long time, in a relative state of purity. If under attack, the dogs will stand between the flock and the wolf, barking and chasing the wolf away. Their sense of smell is so powerful they can even distinguish between the goats or sheep of their own flock and another. Most of the time they did their protecting work on their own, without a shepherd. The great number of livestock guaranteed enough work for the Castro Laboreiro. Unfortunately, most of the population of the town of Castro Laboreiro is now elderly, because the younger people have left for the cities, where earning money seems to be easier, due to a few other things and the reduction of local livestock, were threatening the existence of the Laboreiro. Recently, some Laboreiros have been exported to the U.S. to protect sheep flocks from wolves and coyotes. With his unique characteristic, super intelligence, loyalty, he is probably one of the best dogs in the world. Endowed with extraordinary genetic and morphological features, moulded by an ancient wisdom, reflected in his expression of great hardiness and serenity passing us in every eye an immeasurable inner strength, is that interior power which resides the purity of their instincts and generosity without limit Cão de Castro Laboreiro.

CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG[edit]

CASTRO LABOREIRO DOG

The Castro Laboreiro Dog is native to Portugal, originated in the geographical area that gives it its name, the former county of Laboreiro in the North of Portugal. The word "Cao" meaning dog. It is believed to have been around for thousands of years and is considered to be one of the oldest European breeds.The history, geography and isolation of these lands, the region led to the appearance of a kind of dog with specific and well defined characteristics apart from the other common existing races. This region of Castro Laboreiro is situated at an average altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the far north of Portugal. The mountainous area of Castro Laboreiro takes us to the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês and a different side of Melgaço where the villages are isolated and so being one of Minho's better preserved habitats. It is the original place of the world famous canine breed, the Castro Laboreiro dog.

This centuries-old indigenous breed was selected emphatically for centuries in order to choose a dog type that would meet the needs of family and population, as a family pet and companion, the defense of the home and of family animals. This mastiff, the most agile dog of the mastiff family, has a unique genetic makeup, for all of this, consider the race one of the oldest European breeds. It is part of their character and breeding to bond with and protect their flock fiercely, mainly against the wolf which is now also protected in Portugal It is now a very rare breed, and almost became extinct at one stage, they are one of the world`s rarest dog breeds, with a total worldwide population of only 250 - 500 purebred dogs. This region of Castro Laboreiro is situated at an average altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the far north of Portugal. The mountainous area of Castro Laboreiro takes us to the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês and a different side of Melgaço where the villages are isolated and so being one of Minho's better preserved habitats. It is the original place of the world famous canine breed, the Castro Laboreiro dog. The breed is recognized by the Club Português de Canicultura (Portuguese Kennel Club) and has had an official standard since 1935 (FCI since 1967), and its registered breed in most Kennel Unions all over Europe. Being a very rustic and perfectly balanced dog, an all-rounder with a strong character. With his unique characteristic, super intelligence, loyalty, he is probably one of the best dogs in the world.

The Cao Castro Laboreiro, used for generations as a family companion, a good guard dog, a excellent protector of livestock, never switching off for a moment, they are noble and a very hardy mountain breed. They are now rapidly gaining popularity as a all-rounder family dog. He is very intelligent, a good guard dog, a great family companion, excellent with children, and one of the best guard dogs of livestock. Their dedication and obedience towards his own, the protection of the family and livestock are known to everyone. This centuries-old indigenous breed was selected emphatically for centuries in order to choose a dog type that would meet the needs of family and population, for family company, the defence of the home and of family animals. This mastiff, the most agile dog of the mastiff family, has a unique genetic makeup, for all of this, consider the race one of the oldest European breeds. It is part of their character and breeding to bond with and protect their flock fiercely, mainly against the wolf which is now also protected in Portugal.

The Castro Laboreiro dog was mainly brought up by the women of this region, making them an excellent devoted family dog. Their unique lifestyle and isolation back then was fundamental to the breed and for this reason this breed of dog kept to themselves, for a long time, in a relative state of purity. If under attack, the dogs will stand between the flock and the wolf, barking and chasing the wolf away. Their sense of smell is so powerful they can even distinguish between the goats or sheep of their own flock and another. Most of the time they did their protecting work on their own, without a shepherd. The great number of livestock guaranteed enough work for the Castro Laboreiro. Unfortunately, most of the population of the town of Castro Laboreiro is now elderly, because the younger people have left for the cities, where earning money seems to be easier, due to a few other things and the reduction of local livestock, were threatening the existence of the Laboreiro. Recently, some Laboreiros have been exported to the U.S. to protect sheep flocks from wolves and coyotes. With his unique characteristic, super intelligence, loyalty, he is probably one of the best dogs in the world. It was mainly brought up by the women of this region, making them an excellent family dog. Their unique lifestyle and isolation back then was fundamental to the breed and for this reason this breed of dog kept to themselves, for a long time, in a relative state of purity. If under attack, the dogs will stand between the flock and the wolf, barking and chasing the wolf away. Their sense of smell is so powerful they can even distinguish between the goats or sheep of their own flock and another. The protection of livestock and guarding of the family home during the day and night, were his duties during the last centuries. Their main enemies were always the wolf (perhaps bear in earlier centuries) and persons outside the family home. Their dedication and obedience towards his own family, are known to everyone. It is a Portuguese breed, a mountain dog, a livestock protector, and their behaviour is quite unlike that of herding dogs.

The Castro laboreiro is rare breed and very unique, and creates a strong bond with his family, for this reason it does not accept orders from strangers. He is very playful and tolerant with children and all other members of the family. This dog is the product of a selection of thousands of years, which guarantees an "empathy" with the owner more than any modern canine race. Selected as the dog breed that worked over the centuries, is a versatile dog, whose gentleness, agility and courage is second to none. It is a dog of choice for its rare qualities of character and genetic antiquity. On the threshold of sec. XXI Dog Castro Laboreiro turned out to be searched as a great guard dog and family pet and companion, and one of the best guards dogs in the world of livestock. Its rarity is the result of a very small herd of breeding females. The Castro Laboreiro dog is noble and super intelligent, rustic, he is a all rounder and well balance dog with a huge devotion to the family, makes him one of the best dogs in the world. It is part of their character and breeding to bond with and protect their flock fiercely, mainly against the wolf which is now also protected in Portugal. The Castro Laboreiro dog was mainly brought up by the women of this region, making them an excellent devoted family dog.

Their unique lifestyle and isolation back then was fundamental to the breed and for this reason this breed of dog kept to themselves, for a long time, in a relative state of purity. If under attack, the dogs will stand between the flock and the wolf, barking and chasing the wolf away. Their sense of smell is so powerful they can even distinguish between the goats or sheep of their own flock and another. Most of the time they did their protecting work on their own, without a shepherd. The great number of livestock guaranteed enough work for the Castro Laboreiro. Unfortunately, most of the population of the town of Castro Laboreiro is now elderly, because the younger people have left for the cities, where earning money seems to be easier, due to a few other things and the reduction of local livestock, were threatening the existence of the Laboreiro. Recently, some Laboreiros have been exported to the U.S. to protect sheep flocks from wolves and coyotes. With his unique characteristic, super intelligence, loyalty, he is probably one of the best dogs in the world. Endowed with extraordinary genetic and morphological features, moulded by an ancient wisdom, reflected in his expression of great hardiness and serenity passing us in every eye an immeasurable inner strength, is that interior power which resides the purity of their instincts and generosity without limit Cão de Castro Laboreiro.