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Rafeiro do Alentejo, the origin is already guessed from the name, this dog, also called Alentejo mastiff, is a native breed of Portugal and owes its name certainly not very immediate to memorize and pronounce, to the Alentejo region, an area of significant historical importance, located near the border with Spain.
The Rafeiro do Alentejo is officially recognized and belongs to the group of dogs of the type pinscher, schnauzer, molossoid and Swiss cattle dogs, is of size “XL”, Sports a rustic but not squat sober body, tending to the slender and extremely robust.
Rafeiro do Alentejo or Mastin do Alentejo
In one way or another, in almost all languages, this dog remains linked to the region of Portugal in which it was born and which has greatly influenced its physically characterizing it. L'Alentejota area is known for its large seasonal temperature variations: very strong summer heat then pass the baton to great winter frosts.
From its origins to today, this Portuguese native breed it never spread consistently to other areas and is now virtually unknown outside its country of origin.
Rafeiro do Alentejo: character
Despite being incredibly docile, sweet and faithful to its master, this dog is scary if you are a thief: it is in fact an excellent guard dog and has always been used to look after land, businesses or homes. Sometimes even to watch over the cattle kept in the wild.
The Rafeiro do Alentejo he has a very fine hearing and is always very attentive to any suspicious signal, therefore he is a perfect watchman in the night, while during the day he turns into a quiet companion for life, for walks, for games. Being very large, it is not suitable for children, even if it never has a threatening behavior except towards malicious strangers.
Rafeiro do Alentejo: breeding
It is rare to meet someone who knows the Rafeiro do Alentejo in Italy, it is even more difficult to find a breeding that keeps specimens. This breed still remains something of a legend, as its origin is still confused: it could descend from some Molossers from the Middle East at the time used by tribes who raised livestock to survive. With these populations he would have traveled and crossed valleys and mountains until arriving in the plains of Alentejo, already at the end of the 19th century.
Rafeiro do Alentejo: puppies
The puppies of this breed are already of the big dogs and when large they reach a height at the withers even of 70 cm, both if males and females. As a structure, that of Rafeiro do Alentejo it is robust and balanced, the gait is very free, with a large, long and curved tail, sometimes curled. The head of this Portuguese dog is well proportioned, with a rather pronounced but wrinkle-free stop and a always large and always black nose.
The ears come out at half height and fall folded over the cheeks, the eyes, dark, horizontal, oval, are small and convey calm and wisdom. The hair of the Rafeiro do Alentejo it can be either short or semi-long, given the climate in which the breed was born, it is always and in any case thick and dense. The colors allowed by the standard go from lupine, to fawn, to yellow, sometimes they are combined with white, in spots or stripes.
Rafeiro do Alentejo price
The price of a Rafeiro do Alentejo it is difficult to estimate, if not by going to find him in his land and looking for those who have been raising him for years and years. It is better to always know the most recurrent defects of a breed when you want to buy it, in this so hard to find Portuguese breed for example we find clear eyes, excessively elongated head, narrow skull, incorrect movement, depigmentation of the nose.
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