Thinking about purchasing an Rafeiro do Alentejo? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Rafeiro do Alentejo owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Rafeiro do Alentejo and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Rafeiro do Alentejo Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Rafeiro do Alentejo and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Rafeiro do Alentejo Profile
The Rafeiro do Alentejo, which is the Rafeiro of Alentejo, is a large dog that rather looks like a short haired Saint Bernard. They have a wide, bear like head, and are longer than they are tall. They have more length than brawn as a big dog, but are still rather bulky and loosely muscled. They have been used for centuries as a guard dog and herding dog of sheep. The name comes from the region in which they originated, the Alentejo province south of Lisbon, Portugal. Characteristic of a guard dog, this Portuguese Mastiff has great guarding tendencies and is not afraid to be aggressive if the need be. In fact, this breed rarely makes a good house dog, as it is naturally more protective than most breeds. It is also difficult to command, as it is rather willful and hard-headed. They are peaceful around family and children, but can be threatening to strangers. Their deep bark can be heard from a long way off. They need plenty of space, being used to having the outdoors as their home. The Rafeiro do Alentejo can be portrayed as "too much dog for most people." They are, however, readily trained in guarding flocks of sheep, and make a fine hunter as well.
Other Names: Rafeiro of Alentejo, Portuguese Mastiff, Alentejo MastiffType: Mastiff
27 - 30 inches; Females: 25 - 28 inches.
Colors: Fawn or yellow
with white markings, black, wolf-like, or white with markings of these colors.
They can be either dappled, streaked or brindle.
do Alentejos are different from other dogs. They are not for beginners, and
should only be kept by a dog-experienced person. They mature slowly and do not
respond to the typical training methods. They can be trained, however, to do
a job. These dogs are independent, extremely territorial, and good protectors.
They will protect their household, their sheep, and their families that they
feel are under their protection. They are particularly alert at night, but still
vigilant during the day. They are more aggressive than the average breed, which
can simply be interpreted as "protective" or "territorial". They can also be
hard-headed. Although they are difficult around strangers, they are surprisingly
calm around children, and affectionate with family. They can be stubborn and
dominant. They are relatively docile around family and children.
Watch-dog: High. Especially high
at night, when they are more alert.
Rafeiro do Alentejo Care and Exercise:
This breed needs an average amount of exercise. They do not like to exert all
their energy on meaningless activities, however, as they would rather save energy
for protection or hunting. They should be given a regular walk to keep them
in shape. Care of the coat requires only a bristle brush and slicker only once
in a while. The short hair is not high maintenance, but the coat does shed heavily
twice a year. It should simply be brushed out thoroughly. The ears, nails and
teeth should be checked and/or trimmed periodically.
Rafeiro do Alentejo Health Issues: Hip dysplasia is rare. This breed is rather healthy.
Life Span: 12 years is average.
Country of Origin: Portugal
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Service Stock - not yet eligible for the AKC)
Rafeiro do Alentejos
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