Rafeiro do Alentejo

The Rafeiro do Alentejo is also called the Portuguese Mastiff. This is a large breed of dog that originated in Portugal. Rafeiro do Alentejo are of the very ancient molosser type that migrated with humans from Central Asia. It is often supposed that this breed is related to Tibetan Mastiff but there’s no proof to confirm this presumption. This breed have been used to move sheep from mountains in northern Portugal to the plateau of Alentejo. They are very independent breed which often does not respond to traditional methods of dog training. The Rafeiro do Alentejo is not aggressive but protective breed.
Rafeiro do Alentejo Height


25-29 in (63-74 cm)

Rafeiro do Alentejo Weight


77-132 lb (35-60 kg)

Rafeiro do Alentejo Origin



Rafeiro do Alentejo Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

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