meet theRafeiro do Alentejo


Did You Know?

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...

The Rafeiro do Alentejo has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2005.

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.

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 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 Alentjos has been assigned the Working Group designation.

From the July 2009 Board Meeting - The Rafeiro do Alentejo was approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective January 1, 2010.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Brindle 057
Fawn 082
Wolfgray 227
Yellow 232


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Spotted On White 071
Spotted On White, Black Mask 436
White Markings 014
White Markings, Black Mask 114