Rafeiro of Alentejo

Other names : Portuguese Mastiff, Alentejo Mastiff

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Life expectancy

The Rafeiro of Alentejo has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years



Adult size

Female Between 25 and 28 in
Male Between 26 and 29 in

Adult weight

Female Between 77 and 110 lb
Male Between 77 and 132 lb
Coat colour
Black Blue Sand
Type of coat
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More details about the Rafeiro of Alentejo

Rafeiro of Alentejo: Origins and history

The Rafeiro of Alentejo is believed to be a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff and was originally used to move and herd livestock in Portugal. The breed suffered in the mid-late 90s and almost became extinct, but thankfully, a dedicated group of breeders managed to revive the population. Nowadays though, the breed is still incredibly rare, even in its native Portugal.

FCI classification of the Rafeiro of Alentejo

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 2 : Molossian type

Training a Rafeiro of Alentejo

This breed of dog can be quite slow to pick up new tricks and learn new commands. His dominant streak may mean he acts stubbornly towards training sessions. Being consistent and extensive in the Rafeiro of Alentejo’s training is essential because without it, he could become overly dominant and hard to control. Positive reinforcement is the best method.

Rafeiro of Alentejo: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set and average price.

Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £120 to £180 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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