Estrela Mountain Dog – Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Estrela Mountain Dog

The is a dog breed being considered by the AKC for inclusion as a registered breed. The following article describes the breed.

Breed Description

The Estela Mountain Dog is a large breed of great substance. They are a well-built mastiff dog that shows strength and vigor. Their name was derived from a mountain in the central portion of Portugal where they came from. This breed weighs 60-110 pounds, with a shoulder height averaging from 24-28 inches.


The Estrela Mountain Dog is thickly coated, that may be long or short-haired. They are double-coated, with a bit coarse topcoat that may lie flat close to the body, and a very dense inner coat that is usually lighter than the outer coat. Breed standards allow fawn, wolfgray, yellow, and brindle, white markings can be acceptable, too, provided that they have black masks.


Due to their large size, the Estrela Mountain Dog will require a considerable amount of area and activity. They love going for long brisk walks, and although will not mind if not given daily as long as they are given a securely fenced space for them to roam around to.


The Estrela Mountain Dog is placid, loyal, calm, reliable, and devoted. Their natural distrust for strangers make them a great watch dog. They bold tightly with one person, and may find it hard to accept new owners or handlers. They also make great companions for children, and consider all people and even animals to be their responsibility to take care of. As they tend to be stubborn, a firm and patient trainer are needed for this breed to give them training as early as possible.


Bred for guarding and herding, the Estrela Mountain Dog was valued by both aristocrats and farmers due to their skills in both estate and flock. This dog is known to be among of the oldest breeds in Portugal.


The Estrela Mountain Dog does not require that much grooming. They will only need weekly brushing, especially behind the ears. Due to their thick coat, they are perfect for places with cold climates, but may live in hot places provided that shelter is given. They are known to be picky eaters, and will need a great deal of water. This breed is generally healthy, but as with other large , they are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia.


Bred to protect their flocks, this breed is highly independent, and will require a handler that can keep up with the willful Estrela Mountain Dog. They are highly intelligent, and will stop to think other options before obeying a command. Early socialization is highly recommended to keep them from becoming over-protective of family and suspicious of strangers. Obedience training is very useful for this breed, and may be competent in obedience competition if owners work consistently with them. Due to the fact that they can be challenging to train, the Estrela Mountain Dog is not recommended for inexperienced owners.


The Estrela Mountain dog is intelligent, attentive, willing to learn, yet stubborn at times. They make great household pet since they are loyal, watchful, with the instinct to care for the young. They are known to when suspicious of something, making them an effective guard dog.

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This is Louie, the 5 1/2 month old Estrela pup. He loves ice cream. Whenever we finish a tub we let him have what's left!!

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    • Richele1528
    • April 23, 2013

    Dog : *gasping* “whaauk!!!!” *KA-BOOM!”

    • isidora121minime
    • April 23, 2013

    Louie is adorable,just like my dog but you know that dogs are not supposed to eat ice cream,it’s bad for their teeth…

    • chubbykipper
    • April 23, 2013

    absolutely agree, it’s a very rare treat for him.

    • ExhaleAir1
    • April 22, 2013

    It’s great to see people loving Portuguese Serras Da Estrela.
    It is my favourite dog.

    • HoldChap Vitalicio
    • April 22, 2013

    agree, infelizmente este exemplar tem as orelhas demasiado compridas….

    • ExhaleAir1
    • April 22, 2013

    Porque (why) ?
    Eu adoro o Serra Da Estrela !

    • Casey Kantor
    • April 22, 2013


    • makavelicss
    • April 22, 2013

    What a gorgeous dog.

    Could you tell me what they’re like personality wise? Are they close/affectionate to their owners? I’m looking for a dog that would make a grreat companion/best friend.

    • ellaandzoenavig8
    • April 22, 2013

    Lol luving his eyes

    • zorlaKK
    • April 22, 2013

    Estrela Mountain is a Portuguese dog race. They make very powerful and obedient dogs.

    • theJULIO4CP
    • April 22, 2013

    yes, i think, i have a estrela mountain dog and i personally think they are a good companion dog.i had one but it died a year ago and i have another one now, shes a really cute puppie and she allways wants to play 😀

    • makavelicss
    • April 22, 2013

    Thank you for the reply! I’m still trying to decide when I move into my new home and estrela is top of my list!

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog, but glad you have a new pup!

    • Guimmi
    • April 22, 2013

    he’s only 5 months old?! Geez he’s huge!

    • makavelicss
    • April 22, 2013

    The “Oooom bom bom bom bom” sound the fella makes makes this video even funnier

    • Royana8
    • April 22, 2013

    so very cute!

    • crazzyjesus
    • April 22, 2013

    here in portugal they are dogs to guard the cattle

    • Tanjaaraus
    • April 22, 2013

    adorable, not so sure if the bed was the best place though xD

    • M3zk
    • April 22, 2013

    Nice dog!!! Louie is so beautiful, and so expressive!!! xD
    Ive seen a lots of Estrelas here in Portugal but yours is just incredible!!

    • SuperUndiesFTW
    • April 22, 2013

    and also used in the airborne military troops

    • Javiera Klenner
    • April 22, 2013

    Aww he’s so cute! My family has been searching for an estrela mountain dog puppy. Do you know where I can get one? I have searched everywhere on dog breeding sites. Please email me at

    • iluvbeargrylls
    • April 22, 2013

    He’s getting ice cream all over his beautiful coat 🙁

    • riotagus
    • April 22, 2013

    They have a lovely personality,

    ever so loyal to they owners and family.
    Very good with children, will protect them with they own lives if it comes to it !

    They realy makes good pets , but they are also working dogs and therefore they need a lot of exercise.
    , and being a shepherd dog they are always on a look out for any danger situation that may arise.
    While out for a walk with family and owner, any stranger making a sudden movement towards the family WILL get bitten for sure !

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