Rafeiro of Alentejo
Portugal FCI 96 - Molossoid . Mountain

Rafeiro of Alentejo

The Rafeiro of Alentejo It is an excellent watchdog in the haciendas and houses of the Alentejo.

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History

The Rafeiro of Alentejo (Mastín del Alentejo), as its name suggests, comes from the Portuguese region of Alentejo, que se extiende al sur del río Tajo hasta el Algarve. El perro de pedigrí, that within the FCI belongs to the Group 2 (Molossoid), Mountain Dogs subsection, has a long history as a herding dog. Although little is known about the exact origin of this rare breed, their parents are supposed to be found in the molossian dogs of the Middle East. The Estrela Mountain Dog (Star Mountain Dog), also from portugal, was probably also involved in its origin.

In the Alentejo lowlands, shepherds used the Rafeiro of Alentejo to herd and drive cattle. What's more, el intrépido amigo de cuatro patas protegía el rebaño que se le había confiado evitando de forma fiable los ataques de animales salvajes o cuatreros. Especially at night the Rafeiro of Alentejo defended his flock to the blood. The wealthy large landowners appreciated the imposing dog not only as a vigilant protector, sino también como un símbolo de estatus de fuerza y poder.

A medida que la industrialización avanzaba y los grandes latifundios disminuían, the rafeiro it got weirder. In the early 20th century, dogs of this type were almost extinct. However, un pequeño círculo de entusiastas se aseguró de que la raza se preservara. In 1940 a first breed standard was established. 14 years later, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) finally recognized the breed.

Physical characteristics

When the Rafeiro of Alentejo, cattle thieves and wild animals quickly flee: ¿Quién querría meterse con un perro tan grande y poderoso?

With a height at the withers of up to 76 cm and a weight of approximately 50 kg, the Portuguese breed dog has a very striking appearance. His massive head and strong, muscular body give a defensive impression.. Look calmly at your opponent with small brown eyes, between which there is a slight groove, but nothing escapes your watchful eye.

Despite its bulky shape and somewhat heavy and slow gait, the body of the Rafeiro of Alentejo seems to be rather long than wide. The neck offers a good transition to the shoulder, the back is straight. The tail is well furnished and thickened at the base, rather low and forms a slight upward curve when excited. In rest position it reaches to the hock. Ears of the Rafeiro they are medium in size and fall to one side when folded.

The dense and smooth coat of the Portuguese Sheepdog is short to medium length and has abundant undercoat, giving you reliable protection in all weather conditions. The Rafeiro of Alentejo it is available in black, gris lobo, leonado or yellow with or without white spots. A white base color with yellow spots is also allowed., así como los ejemplares atigrados según el estándar de la raza.

Character and skills

At night, the Rafeiro of Alentejo he is in his best moment: nothing escapes your watchful eye, su buen olfato y sus excelentes oídos. Anyone who dares to enter their territory is captured without notice and, if required, wholesale. Pastors who have a Rafeiro they no longer have to fear rustlers or poachers.

Like a purebred dog, cuya única tarea es acompañar y proteger a su familia, the Portuguese breed dog is completely unsuitable. Although he is faithful and loyal to his family, su agudeza innata es difícil de controlar incluso con una educación consistente. Después de todo, el inteligente y seguro de sí mismo Rafeiro of Alentejo has always been used to working and acting independently. However, the will to subordinate and obedience are not among its strong points.

Who wants to keep a Rafeiro of Alentejo debe poder ofrecerle un gran territorio en el que pueda vivir su instinto vigilante y protector según su estado de ánimo. This does not mean, of course, that one should just let this dog go. A responsible owner socializes and educates his dog from the beginning. Le muestra claramente quién lleva las riendas en su mano y dónde están sus límites. At the same time, he also accepts that his four-legged friend needs his freedom. The Rafeiro will never become a “good lap dog”.

Compra un “Rafeiro of Alentejo”

Those interested in a Rafeiro of Alentejo Purebreds sometimes have to go a long way to find a suitable breeder. However, people who want to buy this dog on a whim, debería abstenerse de comprarlo. The Rafeiro it is and continues to be an excellent herd dog and should be kept in that context. Quien quiera convertirlo en un perro de compañía adecuado para la familia, no se hace ni a sí mismo ni al perro ningún favor.

Health and life expectancy of “Rafeiro of Alentejo”

Las enfermedades típicas de la raza son apenas conocidas debido a la baja propagación de la raza. The Rafeiro it is a very robust dog whose life expectancy is comparatively high, of 12 a 14 years. However, like all dogs of their size and format, You may also have joint problems such as hip joint dysplasia or elbow dysplasia.

The diet of the “Rafeiro of Alentejo”

In principle, esta raza no tiene necesidades dietéticas específicas. However, a balanced and healthy diet is, of course, also important for this dog – also or especially regarding possible joint problems. Therefore, siguiendo la dieta para cachorros de alta energía, se debe dar primero un alimento bastante bajo en proteínas para evitar que el joven perro crezca demasiado rápido. In the adult dog, the energy value of the food can increase again. Now, fresh meat, a través de la cual se absorbe la cantidad necesaria de proteína animal, should mainly fill the feeding bowl. Fresh vegetables and rice are suitable as a healthy garnish. Fish can be given as an alternative to meat.

Characteristics "Rafeiro of Alentejo"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Rafeiro of Alentejo" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Affection level ⓘ

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Need for exercise ⓘ

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Social need ⓘ

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Home ⓘ

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barking ⓘ

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Health ⓘ

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Intelligence ⓘ

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Surveillance ⓘ

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joy ⓘ

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION: 96
  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Section 2.2: Molossoid, mountain type. Without working trial..

Federations:

  • FCI – Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid type dogs – Swiss Mountain Dogs and Cattledogs. Section 2.2 Molossoid, mountain type.
  • AKC – FSS
  • UKC – Watchdog


FCI breed standard "Rafeiro of Alentejo"

FCIFCI - Rafeiro of Alentejo
Rafeiro

Alternative names:

    1. Rafeiro do Alentejo, Alentejo-Mastiff, alentejo mastiff (English).
    2. mâtin de l’Alentejo, mastiff de l’Alentejo (French).
    3. Rafeiro do Alentejo, Rafeiro, Alentejo-Mastiff (German).
    4. Mastim Português, Mastim do Alentejo (Portuguese).
    5. Mastín del Alentejo (español).

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