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The "Monográfica" delayed

November 03, 2016

The Licrase-Liga dos Criadores e Amigos do Cão da Serra da Estrela breed club has announced their decision to postpone the Monográfica championship show, which was to be held on November the 12th, in Gouveia, by the Serra da Estrela. The decision stems from the dispute between the breed club and the Portuguese Kennel Club (CPC), which did not allow the show to be held, on the grounds that the chosen judge, Manuel Correia, has already judged a championship show this year. LICRASE argues there isn't any written regulation stating that no judge can judge more than one championship show per year and that several Portuguese judges have previously done so.  The Licrase announcement can be read here (in Portuguese). 

"Monográfica" club show 2016



The 26nd Breed Club Specialty Show "Monográfica do Cão da Serra da Estrela", will be organised by LICRASE - Liga dos Criadores e Amigos do Cão da Serra da Estrela,  on November the 12th, 10.00 AM, in the town of Gouveia, at the Quinta Madre de Água, and will be judged by Mr. Manuel Correia. More information soon.

The Estrela is back to the Portuguese Marines


More than three decades after being introduced in the Vale de Zebro Marines School, which bred and used the breed for working purposes (examplas are the unforgettable

Xangai da Vila Aradas and his son Sertã de Vale de Zebro), the Estrela Mountain Dog is back with the Portuguese Marines, represented by youngster Xangô da Quinta do Ganhão. A new challenge for the breed and for the institutions's canine training center's responsible, Sergeant Sérgio Ponte - an initiative that should help promote the Estrela's multiple working capacities. 

Transhumance returns to Castro Daire



The second edition of "Castro Daire - The Last Transhumance Route" will take place in June the 25th and 26th in that northern town, hosted by the townhall. The stars of this event that recreates the traditional arrival  of the flocks from th Estrela Mountains into town will be about one thousand sheep and goats, dozens of livestock guarding dogs  (mostly Estrelas) and their shepherds.

The event, which will be broadcast live on the 25th on national channel RTP1, will follow the herd until Castro Daire and the Montemuro Mountains and include a display of working dogs, some of which typical Estrelas, and confraternization dinner of traditional transhumance dishes and tastes.

Cattle dogs' owners and visitors are invited to participate and to spend the night on the free transhumance camping lot, set on a ravishingly beautiful spot, with good conditions, tents, toilets, shower rooms and capacity for about 120 people plus plenty of space for those who wish to bring their own tents. The complete programme will be spread this week. You can now book camping and dinner, to the email or calling (351) 911786059 (José Poças).

A walk in the relm of the Wolf


Grupo Lobo (association for the conservation of the Iberian Wolf) is organising an ecoturism walk in the land of the Wolf, in Vale do Côa, from June the 10th to 12th. The programme includes a walk and visiting shepherds, cattle breeders and cheese producers, and also a cheese taste.

The price is 40 euros/person (50% off discount for children under 12) and includes all the activities in the programme, friday dinner, saturday picnic lunch and an insurance.

Entries and information:

Rotas & Raízes:

Grupo Lobo: / (351) 217500073 / (351) 933 237 709

Dogs and shepherds at the Montemuro mountain


On May the 28th, in Castro Daire, a SPEC - Ecology Portuguese Society, with the help of Grupo Lobo, organizes a free-entrance walk to meet cattle and cattle dogs. The Iberian Wold still exists in this area and many Estrela Mountain Dogs are to be found here, performing their original task as livestock guarding dogs.


Estrela Mountain Dog wins show in the USA


14-month-old junior bitch Sutter by Trailsend, owned by her breeder Cindy Martishius, was Best in Show at the 10th Portuguese canine breeds specialty show Parade of Portugal, hosted by the Estrela Mountain Dog Association of America. 29 dogs of three breeds (also the Podengo and the Portuguese Water Dog) paerticipated in the show, which took place on April the 8th in Hickory, North Carolina, and was judged by Portuguese-American Tony Raposo.


Foto: Penny Glackin

Session about the Wolf in Portugal



On March the 8th, at 5pm, the Lisbon University's College of Science hosts a session about the conservation of the Iberian Wolf in Portugal, which includes a screening of Jean-Jacques Annaud's film "Wolf Totem" and a debate. The session is organized by Grupo Lobo and Liga para a Protecção da Natureza. More information.

The Estrela Mountain Dog on the Portuguese tv


The Estrela will be featured in the next episode of "Animais Anónimos", a programme on the national tv channel RTP1. It will include an interview with Manuela Paraíso, breeder, book author ("Cuidar do Cão da Serra da Estrela / Rearing the Estrela Mountain Dog") and founder of the Comunidade do Cão da Serra da Estrela. Broacast: January the 31st, ats 12h15 pm.

Parade of Portugal 2016


10th Parade of Portugal, a Portuguese canine breeds specialty show organised every year by the Estrela Mountain Dog Association of America, will take place on April the 8th in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. The event is open to all Portuguese breeds recognised by the United Kennel Club. This year's edition will be judged by Luso-American Anthony Raposo. 

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