Estrela Mountain Dog

Working Group – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

The photos, profile, history and FAQs are the courtesy of Cindy Martishius from Trails End Estrela

The Estrela is loyal and affectionate to his owners with a streak of stuborness. It is NOT the dog for a first time dog owner as they can be dominant and difficult to control for a person who has never owned a large dominant dog.  They need to be handled with a firm hand.

They love children to the point of ignoring adults if there are children present. An Estrela that does not love children is not a true Estrela. The most important thing in an Estrela’s life is you, he needs to be with you, to know he is loved and to feel he is secure in this. They are not demanding of attention and accept what is given them with contentment.

As guard dogs, they are among the best in the world. When something is left under its protection its as safe as a dog can make it. He will give, without hesitation, his life protecting his territory, flock or family. It is extremely aggressive to strangers especially when ita territory or protected zone is violated. Outdoor activity is a necessity.


Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
The height and weight are given from the lowest for a female to the highest for a male.
24 1/2-28 1/2
Love children
Coarse and abundent Deep brushing once a week Not a first owner dog.

Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Estrela Mountain Dog Association of America

Estrela Mountain Dog USA


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