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Cao Fila de Sao Miguel

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Species group:

Other name(s): São Miguel Cattle Dog; Azores Cattle Dog; Azores Cow Dog; Chien Fila de San Miguel

The basics:
The Cão Fila de São Miguel (FSM) was developed in the Azores as a cattle herding and guardian dog. They tended to nudge the cattle along with nips or controlled bites, but they were muscular enough to defend the herd against the island's wild dogs and other dangerous predators. As a result, they need to be socialized by a responsible, experienced owner who is capable of being a consistent alpha. A badly socialized dog could be dangerous.

Appearance / health:
The Cao de fila de Sao Miguel has the characteristic of a medium-sized dog, which distinguishes it from other smaller cattle dogs. It has a square-head with a strong jaw, and expressive dark brown eyes. Its has a muscular body, and its trunk and limbs are well-developed. It walks with a typical characteristic of wadding in the anal region and buttocks. The tail is usually docked by second or third vertebra. The ears tips are normally round.

Routine brushing of the coat, twice or thrice a week is sufficient to maintain the coat of the Cao de fila de Sao Miguel.

This working dog requires a good amount of exercise daily. It is at its best when given some work to do.

This breed is generally quite healthy.

Behavior / temperament:
The Cao de fila de Sao Miguel is an intelligent dog that can learn and execute various commands efficiently. As a dog used for driving milk cows, it bites low so as not to wound the mammary glands of the cows. This breed is not just a superior worker but also makes a good guard or protection dog. Nevertheless, they are aggressive while working and can manage unruly animals efficiently.

It is an intelligent dog that learns quickly. It is also quite obedient and therefore easy to train.

These dogs are not particularly noisy.

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