Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

Last updated: Sep 04 2023

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog is a molosser-type dog originating from Portugal. These dogs were helping farmers to protect their livestock and to keep them in line. These dogs are sturdy and powerful with a large head and brindle coat. Saint Miguel Cattle Dog creates strong bonds with its owner.

These dogs love to have a job to do, so in cases, they are not working, they will pick up the role of watch and guard dog. They are very protective of their family and especially kids.

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog


19-24 in (48-60 cm)

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog


44-77 lb (20-35 kg)

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog



Saint Miguel Cattle Dog

Life Expectancy:

13 15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Saint Miguel Cattle Dogs have short, dense, and smooth coat that requires weekly brushing to keep hair healthy and clean. They come in variants of colors, including:

  • Fawn
  • Pale fawn with black overlay
  • Grey – light to dark

The rest is basic care. Like any other dog, Saint Miguel Cattle Dog will also require regular teeth cleaning and bathing. Weekly check their ears for any sign of infection or bad odor which can indicate an infection. Their nails need to be trimmed if you hear them clicking on the floor.


Saint Miguel Cattle Dogs are highly active and you must be prepared that you will have to spend a lot of time outside if you want your dog to be happy. These dogs will enjoy various fun activities, including chasing, hide and seek, returning the ball, etc.

If you meet their needs you can be sure that your dog will be well-behaved in the house, and you don't have to worry that he will develop behavior problems.


To ensure that you end up with the best possible dog, early socialization is a must. Start socializing your Saint Miguel Cattle Dog as soon as you bring him home. With proper socialization, you will ensure that your dog doesn't become shy or aggressive.

Expose your Saint Miguel Cattle Dog to many different dogs, people, sights, and sounds and that will teach him how to properly react in many different situations.

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog and kids

As a pet, the Saint Miguel Cattle Dog can be wonderful. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them. Especially they love kids, and they can be great playing partners for them.

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog and other dogs

Saint Miguel Cattle Dogs are not the best choice if you have other dogs in the house. Although with the right socialization, they can learn to get along, they are best suited to be the only dog in the house.


Saint Miguel Cattle Dogs have a life expectancy of 13-15 years. They are generally healthy dogs, but they can be prone to some health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat

To be sure that your dog will not develop any inherited diseases, we advise you to only buy it from a responsible and official dog breeder. Those breeders regularly perform various health tests on their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will not develop inherited problems.

Saint Miguel Cattle Dog breeders

If you made a decision that this is the right dog for you, now it’s time to find Saint Miguel Cattle Dog breeders. To be sure that you will end up with the healthiest dog possible we advise you to search only for responsible Saint Miguel Cattle Dog breeders.

That way, you can be sure that the puppy will have the best possible start in life. Buying a dog from an official dog breeder will cost you more money in the start, but when you know that they will be healthy and that will have a good temperament, it is worth it.

Saint Miguel Cattle Dogs are pretty rare dogs so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy a bit longer.

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Updated at04.09.2023.