Estrela Mountain Dogs (FCI 173)
Utility breeds contain mastiffs, some livestock guardian breeds, giant breeds and their miniaturized counterparts bred for work other than herding sheep and cattle. Historically they assisted soldiers during wars, pulled carts or sleds, and hunted large game such as wild boar. Today utility breeds are used for police work, rescuing people, and as flock guards. Keeping giant breeds requires space, energy and a firm commitment to training. The reward is a truly magnificent friend admired by all they meet.