Rafeiro do Alentejo
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Rafeiro do Alentejo

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Rafeiro do Alentejo is a calm and confident farm and watchdog. These dogs have also been used as livestock protectors. They come from the Alentejo region in Portugal. These dogs were bred from the beginning to work in packs to hunt big game. In recent times these dogs are often used as guards and watchdogs.

Rafeiro do Alentejo


25-29 in (63-74 cm)

Rafeiro do Alentejo


77-132 lb (35-60 kg)

Rafeiro do Alentejo



Rafeiro do Alentejo

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Rafeiro do Alentejo dogs have short or medium-length hair that is thick, straight, and dense. They can come in variants of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Wolf grey
  • Fawn
  • yellow

Occasional baths are only required if your dog rolls into something smelly or dirty. Since they have droopy ears, you should regularly check them – they are prone to developing ear infections if you notice that their ears and red or have a bad odor, that might be a sign that your dog has an ear infection.


Rafeiro do Alentejo dogs are medium active, and they will need a proper amount of daily activities to be happy. Playing with his owner in the house, chasing the ball, or just long walks can all do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide him with enough daily activities, you don’t have to worry that your dog will miss behaving.


Rafeiro do Alentejo also requires proper socialization like any other dog breed. The best way is to start with the socialization process as soon as you bring your Rafeiro do Alentejo home. The most important thing is to allow your dog to explore all different sights, sounds, people, and other animals so he can learn how to properly react in many different situations he may find himself in.

With proper socialization, your dog will be well-behaved, and you don’t have to worry that he will develop behavior problems.

As a pet, the Rafeiro do Alentejo can be wonderful. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them. They especially love kids, and they can be great playing partners for them.

Rafeiro do Alentejo generally can get along with other dogs if they are properly socialized and introduced from an early age.

Rafeiro do Alentejo


Rafeiro do Alentejo is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 12-14 years. To be sure that you will end up with the best possible dog regarding health, always buy him from responsible and official dog breeders. Because they regularly test their breeding dogs, you can be sure that their puppies won’t have any inherited diseases. 

Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents.

Rafeiro do Alentejo breeders

Rafeiro do Alentejo is not a very popular dog across the world, so you must be patient if you want to get this dog. When trying to find Rafeiro do Alentejo breeders, take your time and explore all your options. We advise you only to search and contact official and responsible dog breeders because if you do so, you can be sure that your future puppy will have the best possible start in life  - good and responsible breeders take good care of their dogs and provide them with everything they need.

Rafeiro do Alentejo are pretty rare dogs so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy a bit longer.

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Updated at31.08.2023.