Rafeiro do Alentejo

Also known as: Alentejo Mastiff, Portuguese Mastiff

Breed origin: Portugal
Original purpose: Guardian of sheep and cattle herds, also hunting-dog in packs for big game.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: around 105 lbs
Size: Height: males 26 to 29 inches; females 25 to 27½ inches
Color: Black, yellow, or fawn with white markings, or white with other colors. The coat can be streaked or brindled or dappled.

General characteristics/temperament: Rafeiro do Alentejo is sober, calm, protective, and very independent. Because of their large size and independent and protective nature, they must be well socialized and obedience trained, and are not recommended for first-time owners. They tend to be more active at night than during the day, and will defend their territory and family from any instruders.

Good with children? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

Easy to train? No

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia.

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Wikipedia breed information page

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