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Cao Fila de Sao Miguel

A breed from the mid Atlantic

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Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs
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Original Name : Cão Fila de São Miguel

Type : Molossoid

Other Names : São, Miguel, Cattle, Dog

Male size : 19¾-23½ inches

Male weight : 55-77 lbs

Female size : 19-23 inches

Female weight : 44-66 lbs

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Countries of origin : Portugal

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Coming from such a remote location far out in the Atlantic, it’s probably no surprise that this Portuguese breed is very rare indeed. The hardy Cão Fila de São Miguel is an intelligent cattle dog that is much sought after by cattle farmers in its homeland because of physical attributes that allow it to work fiercely in all weathers.

Head+

Strong, with parallel longitudinal axes of skull and foreface.

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Body+

Strong and very muscular, with ample forechest, broad, deep chest and straight back.

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Coat+

Fawn, pale fawn with black overlay, gray from light shades to dark but always brindle.

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Ears+

Set higher than the eyes. When not cropped, medium-sized, triangular, hanging against the cheeks.

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Tail+

Set high, thick, medium length and slightly curved.

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Hair+

Short, smooth and dense, harsh to the touch, lightly fringed on the tail, around the anus and on the back of the thighs.

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These “cow dogs” from São Miguel Island in the Azores are related to a now extinct breed from Terceira Island. The first written reference to the Cão Fila de São Miguel dates from the early 19th century. These outstanding cattle dogs are also well suited to guarding property and defending people. They are very assertive with strangers but docile with their owner. Highly intelligent and highly receptive, when driving dairy herds they will bite low to avoid damaging the udders.

Did you know ?

More and more dog enthusiasts are getting turned on to São Miguel Cattle Dogs, attracted by their athletic prowess and high energy levels.

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