A big cattle dog running at lightning speed between the herd to bring a runaway back would certainly make an astounding impression. The intelligent dog has the aggressive personality vital to an excellent herding dog. Fawn, grey or brindled short smooth fur covers the dog’s muscular square shaped body. This herding dog is larger as compared to other breeds of the same classification but it is very agile. Actually, the dog’s gracefulness and efficiency when herding is unsurpassed by other herding dogs. This is the Azores Cattle Dog, an extremely rare breed that is rarely seen outside Portugal, its country of origin.
The Azores Cattle Dog has always been viewed as an important aide in herding unmanageable herds of cattle. Back in the 15th century, Sao Miguel Island, the biggest island in the Azores is densely covered with vegetation. To take advantage of the thick and rich vegetation, the sailors of Prince Henry have decided to let loose cattle on the fringes of the island. In fourteen years, the cattle that were left on the island have flourished and grown into unmanageable herds. To take the issue in hand, it was decided that a breed of dog with excellent herding qualities must be developed.
The Azores Cattle Dog also known as Cao Fila De Sao Miguel was developed from the Fila de Terceira breed. This breed was crossed with molloser type dogs creating an outstanding herding dog that was given the name Azores Cattle Dog. The breeds existence was documented since the 1800s.
The herding ability is innate in this breed thus it would need very little training to perform is herding duties efficiently. An Azores Cattle Dog’s aggressive personality is a valuable asset that makes this breed an outstanding guard dog. An Azores Cattle Dog was specifically developed to be a herder. The aggressive personality is vital in the performance of its duties thus very little effort was made to refine its ferocious temperament.
An Azores Cattle Dog is a very efficient herder and a dependable guard dog but it is not suitable for first time dog owners. To be able to handle this tough guy, an owner has to be firm, dominant and has to have a fair knowledge of the dog’s special needs. An Azores Cattle Dog is a working breed. It is apparent that this dog would not fare well in confined spaces. An Azores Cattle Dog is an outstanding breed especially if made to guard and to herd.