The Cão de Gado Transmontano, also called the Transmontano Mastiff, is an ancient breed of dog that originated in the Trás-os-Montes region of Portugal. The breed was originally bred to protect livestock from wild animals and robbers. Their size, strength, and courage made them excellent watchdogs and could protect a herd from attacks by wolves and other predators. The Cão de Gado Transmontano is one of the largest breeds in the world and can weigh up to 80 kilograms.
The Cão de Gado Transmontano is known for its calm and balanced character. They are very confident dogs that are naturally watchful and protective of their family and territory. They are loyal to their owners and get along well with children. Due to their natural alertness, they do need early socialization to learn how to behave around strangers and other animals.
In general, Cão de Gado Transmontanos are healthy dogs with an average life expectancy of about 10-12 years. However, as with all dog breeds, there are some conditions they are prone to, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and gastric torsion. It is important to have your dog's health checked regularly by a veterinarian.
Cão de Gado Transmontanos do not need much care. Due to their short coat, it is sufficient to brush them occasionally to remove loose hair. They are large dogs that need plenty of exercise, so it's important to take them out regularly and provide plenty of room to exercise. It is also important to trim your dog's nails regularly and keep the ears clean to prevent infections.