Nicknamed Monkey Dog for its unique muzzle, quaint expression and lively attitude, the Portuguese Sheepdog (Portuguese: Cão da Serra de Aires) is a medium-sized herding dog for which there is no record of its existence before 1900.
Traditionally used until the mid-20th century by poor shepherds in central and southern Portugal for herding cows, sheep, goats, horses and pigs, the breed nearly became extinct in the 1970s. Fortunately, the Monkey Dog’s reputation as an extremely affectionate and comical pet appealed to Portugal’s middle class, who adopted the breed in droves and insured its survival.
The breed standard for the Portuguese Sheepdog was recognized by the Portuguese Kennel Club in 1930.
Weight: 26-40 lbs (12-18 kg)
Height: 16-22 in (41-56 cm)
Coat: Long, goat-like texture. Smooth or with a slight wave
Color: Black. Yellow-red chestnut, Gray, Fawn or Wolf.
Life span: 12-13 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted, Happy, Intelligent, Clever, Curious.
Health: No major health issues.
• Also known as the Portuguese Shepherd, and Serra de Aires Mountain Dog.
FCI: Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs #93