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Rafeiro do Alentejo (Portuguese Watchdog )

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Overview: The Rafeiro do Alentejo was originally used to guard cattle and property on the Iberian Penninsula. The breed nearly became extinct before being brought back by breeders in the 1980s. They are best for owners with a dominate personality and training kno
Breed Group: Flock Guard
Weight (lbs): 100-132
Height (in): 25-28
Colors: black, tawny, yellow, either patches or striped.
Coat: The coat is thick, straight and dense. The hair is medium length.
Character: The Rafeiro do Alentejo is brave, confident and independent.
Temperament: The Rafeiro do Alentejo gets along well with children and other dogs, if raised with them as puppies.
Care: The coat needs to be brushed during the shedding season. Otherwise, little care is needed.
Training: The Rafeiro do Alentejo can be stubborn and needs firm training. Start obedience classes while the dog is young and be consistent. They do best with owners who aren't afraid to be dominant.
Activity: This breed is a working dog and needs sufficient exercise with plenty of room to run.
Country of Origin: Portugal
Health Issue: hip dysplasia
Life Expectancy: 12

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