Category Archives: About the Estrela

Is your Estrela fat?

Attention current TrailsEnd owners, Attention hopeful owners. Please read this!
The ideal weight of your Estrela is NOT A NUMBER on the scale. I do NOT care what your vet says about that number either. Have him/her call me if you want. Some vets want a fat dog, it is more money for them down the road. Unethical but true!
I have just returned home from Premier, where I was lucky enough to see one of my TE Estrela that is 3 years old now. She was just very recently rehomed due to some neighbor conflicts. Luckily the new home knew she was overweight and has put her on a diet. Even after several months on the diet she is still at least 10 pounds overweight. With the care and concern of her new home, I am sure she will have that off in no time.
So, how do you tell the ideal weight? Put your hands on your dog! PLEASE do not just look at your dog and judge, TOUCH THEM!  Can you easily feel the ribs? If you have to dig, that is NOT considered easy.

dog body condition chartThis is not about you not loving your dog. In fact the reason they are overweight is usually too many treats. You do love your dog, you just do not understand they really ARE fat and you are the only one that can stop it. This is not a personal attack on you, but lifesaving information for your canine family member.
The list of health problems with an overweight dog is numerous. The same as it would be for a person. You are shortening their life drastically.

If you need ‘real’ proof (although the word of your breeder should really be enough) here is a list of VET Schools that will give you the same information.

Body Condition Scoring Your Pets

I would list dozens, but you get the idea. Just because you have a large breed does not mean they need to be ‘bulky’ too. An Estrela SHOULD BE AGILE, not cumbersome. Even we have weight problems here at TE. I have a few dogs that are alway on less rations because they can get fat from the air, I swear. But we acknowledge it and work VERY hard to control it daily.
I have edited my contract to include weight management now, because this is important.
**Photo credit is Purina**

A new book by Manuela Paraiso, Ponta da Pinta.

Your Estrela will be your true loyal friend for several years, probably 12 or even more, and fill your life with sweet loving memories. Now you can share his gorgeous looks with everyone in the Estrela community, making sure he’ll always be remembered! Donate to help publishing the new book Cuidar do Cão da Serra da Estrela / Rearing the Estrela Mountain Dog and have his photo included in the book, in whole-page-size or in small format. To learn more lease visit 

Care of the Estrela

Summer Litter 2013

As the weather warms up so do our plans for the next TE litter. We feel this litter is currently booked, however, depending on how many she thinks is enough…this litter *may* have a spot open. The mothers love to prove me wrong, happily!
Contact us for more information!

*In June we will be in Kalamazoo for the Parade of Portugal. Our Top Ten girl McCoy will be there, but since she is currently pretty coatless, she may just supervise. We are doing the ‘coat dance’ daily in hopes she will sprout like a Chia Pet.
If you want to meet not only the Estrela, but other Portuguese breeds, head on overy to Kalamazoo for the show. We have a wonderful example of many native Portuguese breeds each year. see for more information.

*One of our grown puppies has just finished her health testing! The owner is hoping to breed her in August. If you would like information on the Penny litter, please contact us.

2013 Estrela Calendar!

Its back! The Estrela Mountain Dog Assocation of America has put together a gorgeous calendar, featuring our wonderful Estrela Mountain Dog.

These are available for a limited time only, grab yours while you can.

For more information on ordering please click here.

**UPDATE**** SOLD OUT!!!****



Its coming…

Buyer beware.  Please, please if you are looking at the Estrela breed, do not only do breed homework but Breeder homework.  NOT ALL breeders are created equal.  Not all breeders test, not all breeders take back rehomes, not all breeders warranty, not all breeders follow SIMPLE ethics such as breeding underage dogs and health testing.

Here is a third party link if you are unsure what to look for: