The Portuguese Sheepdog is a medium-sized breed of dog of the herding dog type. It is one of the indigenous regional dogs of Portugal. The breed is also known by some other names such as Cão da Serra de Aires, Portuguese Shepherd Dog and Serra de Aires Mountain dog. The Portuguese name refers to Serra de Aires, a mountain near Montforte in the Alentejo region. The breed is nicknamed cão macaco (‘macaque dog’, ‘monkey dog’) for its furry face and lively attitude. Ancestors of the modern breed were traditionally used for herding cows, sheep, goats, horses and even pigs in
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