Origin: Trás-os-Montes-USE Po
rtugal: guard dog and sheep and goatmeat protection cla
ssification: Group 2, section II Molossoid

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: the origin of this breed unites the history of all Iberian Mastiff and its evolution is on the movements of herds in the region and adjacent regions.
Shepherd's Companion with specific functions to guard against the attack of the Wolf, common in the area ever since. In remote times, this dog was fixed in the regions of Portugal, notably in Trás-os-Montes.
In this mountainous region, which is characterized by steep fields of pasture and of difficult access road, this breed has adapted to conditions in the region and the type of sheep and goats that traditionally has pasture in these areas, evolving, until it locks morphologically, in perfect harmony with the conditions and the type of work that was requested.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Mastiff Dog of large size, strong and is evidenced by its rustic appearance imposing, proud and serene poise. Has lateral profile, square, with senior members, strong-boned, naturally and rights well, slightly tucked up belly neat and subsequent moderate angulations.
There is in this race clear dimorphism, males reaching high and clearly superior to the female fleshiness.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Have convexilíneo profile and the body is brevilíneo. The relationship of Withers height and the length of the body is practically equal. The codilho height is markedly higher than half the height at Withers.

BEHAVIOR/character: despite their corpulence is a docile temperament dog, but reserved. Is cautious without being aggressive, always calm and serene. Is an exceptional watch in its role of guardian of flocks against the attack of the wolves, always attentive in their protective functions.
Lives and coexists with other males without conflict, where there are females in reproductive age, imposing the hierarchy of dominance when dwells together and seeing them together in more females in the accompaniment of the herd, which is never done by one dog.
Confronted with the human contact of strangers and exceeded the initial reserve, let yourself handle smoothly and is very sensitive to good treatment and attention.

HEAD: large and massive but not too bulky in proportion to body size, have convexilíneo profile with upper Cranium-facial axes parallel to tolerating the slightly divergent.

: skull: Moderately broad and little insert together. Supra-ciliares apparent arcades,
Stop: naso-frontal moderate Depression.

: Truffle: Oval and large, with wide open nostrils preferably black or dark.
Cant: Slightly shorter than the skull, has sides converge and truncates obliquely.
Across slightly rounded, has straight profile.
Lips: Fine, thick, slightly rounded and slightly with corners of the mouth and mouth well torn. Mucous membranes are well pigmented in black.
JAWS: are strong, well developed and well muscled.
Teeth: strong and well developed. Dentition in scissors or tweezers.
Eyes: of medium size and format, Hazel Brown, honey tone, darker. The positioning of the eyes is slightly oblique and semi-frontal. The eyelids are black pigment. The look is serene.
Ears: of medium size, rather fleshy, slightly longer than wide, triangular, with the rounded and insert spout medium-high (above the line of the eyes). Has mobility, being the most common pendant, but being able to pull back slightly and tuck in vertical position. When
note raise and fold forward.

NECK: the neck is of medium length, straight, strong and well muscled. The dewlap is apparent, but is simple and not too soggy. The skin of the neck is quite large.

BODY: strong, without being too bulky, well muscled. The withers height must be equal to the length of the body.
Top row: right Shoulde
rs: well inserted into the base of the neck, with long and scapula angulation scapulo-úmeral media (110).
Back: Short, tight rectum, broad and well-muscled.
Croup: Of medium length, broad and moderately sloping.
Chest: moderately broad and comprehensive, the rib cage with ribs moderately arched is bulky but has no barrel. The chest is well developed and goes down to the codilho without the bypass.
Bottom line and belly: Slightly up towards sternum/stomach which makes the womb slightly tucked up.

Tail: thick, and well covered with hair, and medium size does not exceed the hock. Tomba in sabre, but being able to introduce curve at the end, in the movement of the tail is high, sickle, and curl up on their end.

: Previous Members
Seen from the front are strong, long, and parallel rights.
Arm: strong long and well developed.
Forearm: long, vertical, with cylindrical bone.
Codilhos: well adherent to the chest, never descodilhados.
Carpus: the joint is very strong.
Metacarpals: very fine upstanding and almost right.
Hands: Strong, bulky and round, with fingers together and bent. Plantar pads thick and tough.
Hind limbs stro
ng and muscled, brings visas are parallel. The fémuro-tibial angle is moderate.
Thighs: long and well muscled.
Legs: long and muscular.
Tarsus or Hock: tall, broad and strong.
Metatarsus: Provided to members and may present simple or double presunhos.
Feet: oval or even rounded.

Skin: fairly thick texture and loose at the neck, where it forms a simple dewlap and withers; It's pretty thin in the head than in the body.

Coat: m
edium length, Thick and abundant Hair
: smooth and very dense. The Undercoat is there and it is clear. In the region of the head, ears, muzzle and members the fur is shorter and thinner.
Colors: most common colours are white speckled, black, yellow, or fawn lobeiro, colours the unicolor dogs are fulvas, or yellow can be too spoked lobeiras. These hides are common, pedalvos or quadralvos are manalvos and with open front head. May also submit mottled interpolation in the bottom of the mantle or flustered in the region of the faces, sobrolhos and the anal area (tricolor).

TEMPOS: regardless of size and corpulence, the progress is slight, energetic, well clocked and with amplitude of step.

Males: 75 to 85 cm
Females: 68 to 78 cm

t: Males: 60 to 75 Kg.
Females: 50 to 60 Kg.

Any dev
iation from the DEFECTS mentioned characteristics must be considered as a fault and penalized according to their severity.
Yellow eyes
very excessive Dewlap
or sagging Eyelids dou
ble Uprightness weak or very i
nclined thin
Boned excessive Length back (tall) w
ith hook Tail,
pointy and tapered Chamfer

CTS too bulky Head
skull-Axes convergent or divergent excessively facial f
lesh-colored Nose or eyelid
Edges almarado despigmenta
das Cant too short Sk
ull too large, rou
nd Eyes bulged or discussed low
insertion, small ears, thin texture broad ches
t and descended below the ribcage c
odilho barrel-shaped Feet and
hands spread coati
ng Coat little dense and too short in th
e body lack of Und
ercoat Teeth showing evident upper or lower prognathism.
Colors, black or white unicolor
dogs Note: males should have two testicles, normal-looking, well let dow
n and accommodated in the scrotum.
Any dog that shows any physical abnormality or level of
behavior should be disqualified.

Ratified at the general meeting of the CPC to November 29, 2012.