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Colorado mountain dog: Complete breed info

Colorado mountain dog: Complete breed info
Colorado mountain dog

The Colorado mountain dog is a relatively young breed, being first bred in 2008. So you can say that this breed is still being developed.

What’s so special about the Colorado mountain dog is that they make great working dogs. They are suitable for small acreage farming, they are also guarding dogs.

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However, what distinguishes the CMD breed from other guard dogs is that they are welcoming to strangers visiting the farm. They are never shy, hostile, or aggressive, that is unless they legitimately detect a threat of course.

Colorado mountain dog

The probably most asked question about the CMS is are they purebred? The answer is no.

CMD has traits of a Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherd, Boz, Maremma, Kuvasz, and Akbash. As if the list wasn’t long enough, they can also have certain traits from other livestock guardian working group breeds.

According to Coloradomountaindogs.com it is a misconception that any Pyr/Anatolian cross dog can be called a CMD. Besides this it’s also important to state that the CMD is not a “designer breed” but a function selected dog.

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Now with all of that cleared, let’s take a look at this breed’s characteristics, personality, needs and health.

Characteristics

The Colorado mountain dog is a pretty large dog. Males are between 30 and 34 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 110 and 150 lbs. Females on the other hand are a bit smaller. They are between 26 and 29 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 80 and 120 lbs.

But don’t be scared because of their size, they are beautiful looking gentle giants!

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The CMD’s coat is usually wavy, white in color, medium in length, and quite nice and soft to the touch.

colorado mountain dog
The Colorado mountain dog is a gentle giant

Their muzzle is long and gently slopping, but their eyes are what will catch your attention. The CMD’s eyes are very deep in color, wide-set, very alert, and expressive.

Personality and temperament

With the Colorado mountain dog, you know what you’ll get. They are outgoing, confident dogs. Generally, they don’t show any signs of aggression that is unless they are protecting their stock or family. They are quite calm and will fit into the herd or flock.

However, don’t let their mellow, cuddly appearance fool you! The CMD is a dog on a mission and will always be alert and have a strong instinct to protect their herd of family.

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Inside the house these dogs are calm and quite. They get along great with children and other pets. This breed makes a great family dog because they are very patient, loving and affectionate.

Exercise

The Colorado mountain dog isn’t hyperactive, but they do need a lot of exercise daily. In fact, these dogs need around 80 minutes of exercise daily!

If they are working dogs on a farm, they will get plenty of exercise through their daily activities. But you will still have to incorporate one or two short walks into your and your dog’s routine.

However, if they are kept in the house it’s best if you have a big yard where they can roam around and explore. You will also have to go on at least two long walks a day with your dog.

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Also, play a lot of games with your dog like tug-o-war or fetch, this way you’ll keep them entertained.

Health

The Colorado mountain dog is a very healthy dog. There really aren’t many major health problems this dog will experience during its lifetime.

However, just like any larger dog breed some of the health issues this breed might experience are:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat

Regular vet visits are of course a must! While at the vet’s office occasional tests should be done too.

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Some of the tests your vet should do are:

  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry
  • Tests Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • Blood Glucose Level Testing
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays