Rafeiro do Alentejo

Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
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.

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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.

Does your Rafeiro do Alentejo bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The coat of the Rafeiro do Alentejo is of medium-length, dense, straight, and thick. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Rafeiro do Alentejo puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 110-132; Female: 100-121 lbs
Male: 27-28; Female: 25-28 inches
Brindle, black, fawn, yellow, wolfgray; Markings of spotted white, black mask.



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Rafeiro do Alentejo Questions

How would a Rafeiro do Alentejo dog react to somebody walking onto our property?

The Rafeiro do Alentejo dog, or more commonly known as the Portuguese Watchdog is a steadfast, noble dog that needs a confident and knowledgeable owner. These dogs are guard dogs and are very vigil at guarding their property, though they are not known for aggression, they are wary of strangers and have a deep bark to alert the owners that something is wrong. This breed is more alert at night compared to the day. With proper socialization and training, the dog should bark and block the stranger from entering the property/home until the owners arrive and tell the dog it is okay. This breed is not known for aggression or useless tricks, they are very laid-back and tend to watch rather than play.

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

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.

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 outdoors year round? 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 for running endurance. Thanks for advice and reply.

Rafeiro do Alentejos 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. But they do make a great guard dog.

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

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