Rafeiro do Alentejo

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Rafeiro do Alentejo
Rafeiro do Alentejo
FCI Standard No. 96
2.2 mountain dogs
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Withers height:

Male: 66–74 cm.
Bitch: 64–70 cm


Male: 45–60 kg.
Bitch: 35–50 kg

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The Rafeiro do Alentejo is one of the FCI ( No. 96, Gr. 2, Sec. 2.2 ) recognized Portuguese dog breed .

Origin and history

There is some evidence that the Rafeiro do Alentejo is a long-established breed. The shepherds valued him very much because of his herd working dog qualities, whereby he not only tends well, but also protects the herds from predators and cattle thieves.

At the beginning of the 20th century there were hardly any dogs of this type left. Nevertheless, the first standard was established in 1940. Even today he is not in a good position; at least some friends of this breed have found each other who have so far been able to prevent the worst.


The dog grows up to 76 cm and weighs 50 kg, a very noticeable phenomenon. The coat is short or, preferably, of medium length; thick and smooth, in the colors black, wolf gray, fawn or yellow, also with white spots. There are also dogs whose basic color is white with spots of these colors, others are piebald or brindle. The ears are set medium high, folded, falling on the side and not very mobile.


The Rafeiro do Alentejo is anything but unproblematic. The great sharpness inherent in him makes him as good as unsuitable for a pure lover attitude. He is excellent in his field of guarding herds. Due to its weight and size, it is a powerful defender of its herds, which especially at night confronts every alien being, whether human or animal, without warning.

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