Cao Fila de Sao Miguel

USD $1,200 - $1,500 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



13-14 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 459
Origin Portugal
Other Names Azores Cattle Dog, Azores Cow Dog, Saint Miguel Cattle Dog, São Miguel Catch Dog, São Miguel Cattle Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1,200 - $1,500
How much does it cost to buy a Cao Fila de Sao Miguel?
Cao Fila de Sao Miguel are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $1,200 to $1,500 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Cao Fila de Sao Miguels can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large
Weight Males 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 41 kg),
Females 45 - 80 pounds (21 - 36 kg)
Height Males: 19.5 - 24 inches (50 - 61 cm),
Females: 19 - 23 inches (48 - 58 cm)
Lifespan 13-14 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Cattle Guardian, Herder
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Ancient Molosser Breed

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Harsh, Smooth
Coat Colors Reddish & Yellow, Streaked & Gray
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Brindle, Fawn, Gray
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Dominant, Intelligent
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.45
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Cao Fila de Sao Miguel have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is a rare breed of dog that originated in the Azores Islands of Portugal. It is a medium-sized, muscular dog with a strong and powerful build. The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel has a short, dense coat that comes in various colors such as black, brown, white, and brindle. Its head is large and round with small ears that are set high on its head. Its eyes are dark and almond-shaped with an alert expression.

The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years and can reach up to 24 inches in height at the shoulder. It typically weighs between 40 to 60 pounds when fully grown.

The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is an intelligent breed that loves to please its owners. It is loyal and devoted to its family but can be wary of strangers if not properly socialized from an early age. This breed loves being around people and enjoys playing games or going for walks with them.

The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is generally friendly towards other dogs, cats, children, and other animals if it has been properly socialized from puppyhood onwards. However, it may be aggressive towards strange dogs if not properly trained or socialized from an early age so it’s important to ensure your pet receives proper training from a young age so they can learn how to interact appropriately with other animals or people they don’t know well yet.

The temperament of the Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is usually calm but alert when necessary; however they can become protective over their family if they feel threatened or sense danger nearby which makes them excellent guard dogs as well as loyal companions for their owners!

In terms of health issues the Cao Fila de Sao Miguel may suffer from hip dysplasia which can cause lameness in one or both hind legs; however this condition can be managed through proper dieting and exercise routines tailored specifically for this breed type by your veterinarian!

When it comes to adaptability level the Cao Fila de Sao Miguel does best in homes where there are plenty of activities available for them such as long walks or hikes; however they do not do well when left alone for extended periods of time due to their need for companionship! The benefits of having this breed as a pet include their loyalty towards their owners as well as their intelligence which makes them easy to train!


The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is a breed of dog that is native to the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. The breed is named after the island, which is also known as the "Island of Dogs". The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is a descendant of the Portuguese Water Dog, which was brought to the island by Portuguese settlers in the 16th century. The breed nearly became extinct in the 20th century, but has since been revived and is now gaining popularity in Portugal and other parts of Europe.

The Portuguese Water Dog is thought to be the ancestor of the Cao Fila de Sao Miguel. The Portuguese Water Dog was brought to Portugal from Africa by Moorish invaders in the 8th century. The breed was used as a working dog on Portuguese fishing boats and helped to herd fish into nets. In the 16th century, Portuguese settlers brought the dogs to Sao Miguel Island, where they were used for hunting and herding livestock.

The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel nearly became extinct in the 20th century due to a lack of interest in the breed. However, a few dedicated breeders kept the dogs alive and began to revive interest in them. The breed has since become popular in Portugal and other parts of Europe. The Cao Fila de Sao Miguel is recognized as a separate breed by several kennel clubs, including the Kennel Club of Portugal and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.