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Rafeiro do Alentejo

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Weight
Male: 110-132; Female: 100-121 lbs
Height
Male: 27-28; Female: 25-28 inches
Color(s)
Brindle, black, fawn, yellow, wolfgray; Markings of spotted white, black mask.
Overview
Believed to be descendants of Tibetan Mastiffs, the Rafeiro do Alentejo was used to guard and move cattle and sheep. They were also used to guard farms, homes, and estates. This breed is still a working breed in Portugal. However, Rafeiro do Alentejo's are extremely rare in North America.
Character
The Rafeiro do Alentejo is powerful, serious, and muscular. This breed is highly diligent and alert, especially at night. Rafeiro do Alentejo's are fierce, independent, agile, and swift.
Temperament
The Rafeiro do Alentejo breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. They are extremely territorial of their home, family, and anything or anyone placed under their protection. The Rafeiro do Alentejo is affectionate with their family, but highly suspicious of strangers. They typically get along with other pets they have been raised with. Rafeiro do Alentejo's do well with children as they are a calm, docile, and steadfast breed.
Care
The Rafeiro do Alentejo requires very minimal grooming. The coat must have thorough brushing during their seasonal heavy shedding. Due to the rarity of this breed they are relatively healthy, although hip dysplasia may occur.
Coat
The coat of the Rafeiro do Alentejo is of medium-length, dense, straight, and thick. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
Training
Early socialization and obedience training is absolutely crucial. Rafeiro do Alentejo's are stubborn and dominant. Therefore, they require a strong and dominant handler. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with motivation, firmness, respect, fairness, and consistency.
Activity
The Rafeiro do Alentejo does not require much exercise. However, they are not recommended for apartment living. This breed does best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Rafeiro do Alentejo puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

10/24/2010 9:40:28 PM

10/24/2010 9:40:28 PM

They show pics with kids in with them , but the breed profile for Mountain Cur's say no kids?

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My Mountain Cur gets annoyed with kids. He acts like a grumpy old man around kids. He tolerates them, but doesn't play with them.
1/3/2011 10:47:35 PM

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9/22/2010 12:21:02 AM

9/22/2010 12:21:02 AM

Is the Rafeiro do Alentejo derived from the Pyrenees Mastiff (sheepdog)? Is this breed good for... Is the Rafeiro do Alentejo derived from the Pyrenees Mastiff (sheepdog)? Is this breed good for trailing (scent or sight) in a pack of hunting hounds? Can this breed live, guard and hunt out of doors year round, and can the Rafeiro do Alentejo survive in arctic extreme winter conditions, comparable to the Pyrenees Mastiff? I am a professional hunting guide and packer and want to breed my Walker hounds to a comparable sized dog as the Rafeiro do Alentejo and develop a running/sight hound to use in the Rockies of Montana and Wyoming. The dog I want must have a double coat that can be shed (undercoat) and work in hot, arid, high altitudes. I have bred my Walkers into the Chesapeake Retriever and they are double coated and can shed for summer extremes, but my dogs need to be crossed with a breed that has greater running capacity (distance) for very hot, arid summer conditions. And the Pyrenees is just too heavy and thickly muscled running endurance. Thanks for advice and reply.

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Anonymous

Rafeiro do Alentejo's can't be left outside all day and can't go hunting because they are extremely suspicious of strangers so you can never let them off leash and make a great guard dog.
11/8/2010 5:57:54 PM

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I have no experience with the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, but found this link (immediately after reading your question) that looked like it provided helpful information, separate links to breeders, as well as a link to the foreign affairs agent of the Portuguese A.C.R.A. (I am not connected in any way to any of these links.)I hope it helps. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/rafeirodoalentejo.html
3/23/2012 10:38:02 AM

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