Rafeiro Do Alentejo
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Anerkjent av FCI
FCI nummer: 096
Gruppe 2: Pinscher-, schnauzer-, molosser og sennenhunder
Seksjon 2: Molosser
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Foundation Stock Service (FSS)
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ANDRE NAVN: Rafeiro do Alentejo
VEKT: Hann: 50-60 Kg
Tispe: 45-55 Kg
HØYDE: Hann: 66-75 cm
Tispe: 64-70 cm
FARGE(R): Hvitbeige

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Rafeiro do Alentejo
Om Rafeiro do Alentejo:

Eligible Registries: Any Acceptable Domestic or Foreign Registry

Contact: Rafeiro do Alentejo USA Kennel, Anna K. and Jerzy E. Henisz, Owners, PO Box 414, 52 W Church Hill Rd, Washington Dpo, CT 06794, phone: 860-868-2936, fax: 860 868 2886, email: ghenisz@sbcglobal.net, website: under development

Additional contacts:

1. Vitor Luis Tavares; website
2. Helena and Joao Costa; website


  • From the July 2009 Board Meeting – The Rafeiro do Alentejo was approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective January 1, 2010.
  • From the April 2005 Board Meeting – Two new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program: the Rafeiro do Alentejo and the Stabyhoun.


Rafeiro do Alentejo are often claimed to be descended from huge dogs on the vast Tibetan highlands, thousands of years ago. The Rafeiro looks and function is between the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and the Spanish Mastiff. In Portugal, with the geographic and climatic differences between North and South, the need arose of moving the cattle annually in search of better pastures. Consequently, for centuries, huge herds, accompanied by powerful mastiffs, were driven between the northern region of Douro and the Alentejo hinterland. As the population settled down, the dogs eventually remained in the southern prairies, where they adapted and began to be used to guard, not only the herds, but especially, in time, the big rural estates.

The official standard of the Rafeiro of Alentejo was first established in 1953 in Portugal.

Farger og egenheter:

Description Type Code
Black S 007
Brindle S 057
Fawn S 082
Wolfgray S 227
Yellow S 232
Description Type Code
Spotted On White S 071
Spotted On White, Black Mask S 436
White Markings S 014
White Markings, Black Mask S 114


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  • The Rafeiro do Alentjos has been assigned the Working Group designation.
  • Another name for Rafeiro do Alentejo is Alentejo Mastiff.
  • Rafeiro do Alentejo is the biggest Portuguese canine breed. The dog impresses by its corpulence: the male height ranges from 26 to 29 inches and the female height ranges from 25 to 27.5 inches.
  • Rafeiro do Alentejo are more active during the night than during the day.
  • Rafeiro do Alentejo watch sheep and also cattle. They often work alone in prairies and will defend the herd against any intruders.
  • Rafeiro do Alentejo were used, since the beginning of the breed history, as a hunting-dog in packs, for big game. This function has gradually disappeared over time.
  • The Rafeiro do Alentejo has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2005.