Rafeiro do Alentejo Dog Breed

Thinking of getting a Rafeiro do Alentejo Dog and want to know if a Rafeiro do Alentejo is suitable for your household?

Use the Rafeiro do Alentejo information on this website to learn more about adaptability, health issues, life span of Rafeiro do Alentejo and more.

Rafeiro do Alentejo Facts

  • Name: Rafeiro do Alentejo
  • Other Names: Alentejo Mastiff, Portuguese Mastiff, Mutt of Alentejo
  • Origin: Portugal
  • Breed Group: Guardian Dog (UKC)
  • Breed Type: Purebred


Rafeiro do Alentejo Dog Facts

Rafeiro do Alentejo Information

The Alentejo Mastiff is a large, powerful dog of rustic appearance. He has a bear-like head with a sober expression, a long, curving tail and a medium length, straight, dense coat that comes in a variety of colors.

As with all very large dogs, they are not the dogs for beginners. Dogs of this size and type have the potential to be a danger to others if not well socialized at an early age, and are recommended only for the experienced dog handler who has the time to socialize and train the dog. This Mountain dog matures slowly, is very independent, and often does not respond to traditional force methods of dog obedience training. They are extremely territorial and will protect the sheep, households, and families they feel were placed under their protection. They are not aggressive but protective and are said to get along quite well with children.

What to do if you lose your Rafeiro do Alentejo

If your Rafeiro do Alentejo Dog or any other pet has gone missing and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. Register your missing pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. List the missing pet on the Local Lost Pets Facebook Groups Here.

3. Visit the nearby vet clinics to see if someone has handed in your missing pet.

4. Telephone the RSPCA or Visit the RSPCA Lost Pets website and complete a Lost Pet Report.

5. Visit Lost Pets Pages of Animal Pounds.

What to do if you find a lost Rafeiro do Alentejo

If you find a Rafeiro do Alentejo Dog or any other pet and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. List the found pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. Report the missing pet on the Local Facebook Lost Pets Groups.

3. Contact the Local Authority to collect the lost animal.

4. Take the pet to the local Animal Pound assigned to your area.

5. Take the pet to the local Vet Clinic who normally scan the animal’s microchip and call the registered pet owner.

Laws Regarding Missing Pets

1. It is against the law to keep any animal that you find.

2. Pets are generally considered property and it is illegal to take and keep someone else’s property.

3. You must contact your local animal control unit and file a FOUND AN ANIMAL report for any dog or cat you find.

4. To reclaim your lost dog, cat or other pet from the animal shelter you must pay a release fee.

5. If your dog or cat is unregistered, you will have to register your pet before you can take it home.