Introduction: The Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai
The Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai, also known as the Shepherd of Lessinia and Lagorai, is a breed of dog from Italy. It is a working breed, primarily used for herding and guarding livestock in the mountainous regions of northern Italy. Despite its critical role in the traditional way of life in the region, the breed is relatively unknown outside of Italy.
Origins and History of the Breed
The Pastore della Lessinia e del Lagorai has been around for centuries, and its origins are not entirely clear. It is believed to be a descendant of the ancient Molosser breeds, which were used by the Romans as war dogs. However, the breed’s development is closely linked to the unique geography and climate of the Lessinia and Lagorai mountain ranges.
The breed has long been used by local farmers and shepherds to protect their flocks from predators such as wolves and bears. The dogs are also known for their bravery and loyalty, and there are many stories of individual dogs that have saved their owners from harm. Despite its long history, the breed remains relatively unknown outside of Italy and has not been recognized by major international dog organizations such as the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club.