Rafeiro Do Alentejo is a big dog. It looks and feels very dangerous, but to children is very gentle and careful. The right choice for a guard dog.
RAFEIRO DO ALENTEJO: HISTORY
They were first noticed by Roman legionnaires, who were brought from Asia to Europe. They were adopted on the Iberian Peninsula, among the tribes who live there, where they formed the appearance which approximates today.
Standard appearance was formed in 1953, but it has been neglected in the quality and abundance. At the end of the last century, the situation has improved. The breed has been set, at the place it deserves.
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RAFEIRO DO ALENTEJO: APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Rafeiro Do Alentejo is a big dog, sturdily built. It is very resistant and has a pronounced convex profile. It moves slow, sluggish and rather shaky. Male reaches a height of 26 to 29 inches, while females can have a height of 25 to 28 inches.
Male may have a weight of 88 to 110 pound, while females may have a weight of 77 to 99 pounds.
HEAD: resembles a bear, wider at the top, narrow and substantially proportional to the body.
NOSE: oval, with the tip slightly bent down, dark colors.
LIPS: bent forward, very connected, thin, closed.
JAW: strong and muscular.
EYES: peaceful expression, dark, horizontal, elliptical, small.
EARS: middle hanging, set aside, slow moving, triangular, small.
NECK: well set, straight, short, strong.
FRONT LEGS: strong, wide, balanced.
CLUTCHES: not flat, massive soil, dense and long.
HULL: strong and very muscular, high-volume and rounded.
CHEST: sloping, wide and deep.
BACK: flat and mild sagging.
REAR LEGS: powerful and wide apart.
TAIL: medium set, bent, twisted at the end, long.
HAIR: wolf, preferably short or medium long, straight and dense, evenly distributed over the body.
COLOR: black, reddish or yellow, two-colored or multicolored, often striped.
SKIN: black color, relaxed and overwhelming.
RAFEIRO DO ALENTEJO: CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Rafeiro Do Alentejo is a great shepherd dog, and guard dog. It is very persistent and worthy dog. Cuddly and quite fond of his family. But in addition, is quite aggressive towards strangers.
It is primarily intended for herding, but today it is still used to keeping the household.
By nature is quite independent, and the dressage is a real challenge for the owner. The main key is the domination and trust.
Rafeiro Do Alentejo is a faithful companion, especially devoted to the younger members of the family.
RAFEIRO DO ALENTEJO: ADAPTATION AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE
Rafeiro Do Alentejo can serve primarily to defend your household or farm. He loves nature, and is ideal if you have a large breed farm.
Able to adapt to all conditions of life, but prefers more room to move. It is therefore recommended courtyard or frequent walks on a leash.
Until the last moment will be devoted to his owner. Early socialization is recommended as a healing and dressage.
RAFEIRO DO ALENTEJO SEEN BY CHILDREN
RAFEIRO DO ALENTEJO: HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Rafeiro Do Alentejo very difficult getting used to living in an apartment. It has excellent physical qualities. Very easily, suffer the torture of small children.
Requires frequent combing hair and dead hair removal.
Of the common health problems occur hip dysplasia, while sometimes have a problem with flatulence.
It is proposed to periodic inspection of the hips and knees.
The lifespan of the breed Rafeiro Do Alentejo is about 12 years.