Can de Chira
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Can de Chira
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Old photo of Can de Chira
Other namesPerro pastor altoaragonés
OriginAragon (Spain)
Breed statusNot recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.
Height Dogs 42–47 cm (17–19 in)
Bitches 38–43 cm (15–17 in)
Weight Dogs 16–20 kg (35–44 lb)
Bitches 12–16 kg (26–35 lb)
Coat Mid-length, longer on body and limbs, shorter on head and neck
Colour Black with white face, limbs, chest and belly
Dog (domestic dog)

The Can de Chira (also known as the perro pastor altoaragonés) is a breed of herding dog from the High Aragon region of Spain.[1][2]

Accounts of similar dogs used by Spanish graziers to herd sheep and cattle (in Aragonese "Can de Chira" literally it means "dog for turn" or "return the cattle") date back several centuries, the oldest photographs date from the early 19th century.[1][2] The breed appears to have originated in the Province of Huesca but has spread to adjacent regions, but the breed remains centered in Sobrarbe.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c Azón Pardo, Ricardo; Escar Tabueña, Rafael; Avellanet Torres, Rosa (2009). "Can de Chira". In Fernández Rodríguez, Miguel; Gómez Fernández, Mariano; Delgado Bermejo, Juan Vicente; Adán Belmonte, Silvia; Jiménez Cabras, Miguel (eds.). Guía de campo de las razas autóctonas españolas (PDF) (in Spanish). Madrid: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino. pp. 521–523. ISBN 978-84-491-0946-1.
  2. ^ a b c Gómez, Mariano (November 2004), "Los perros de pastor autóctonos y los concursos de habilidad de perros de pastor", Pequeños Ruminantes (PDF) (in Spanish), vol. 5, Zaragoza: Sociedad Española de Ovinotecnia y Caprinotecnia, p. 11