Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > The Dog Breeds


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-21-2007, 01:17 PM
george656 george656 is offline
Puppy Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portugal
Posts: 94
Default Rafeiro do Alentejo(Portuguese Sheepdog)

Portuguese Sheepdog
The Rafeiro do Alentejo is known also as Portuguese Sheepdog or Portuguese Mastiff. The Rafeiro is a large dog, with males weighing around 110 pounds (50 kg) and females, 90 pounds (41 kg).

Appearance
Description: Head: Bear like, short muzzle. Eyes: Dark. Ears: Hanging. tapered. Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat. Bite: Scissor or level. Neck: Short. Top-line: Level. Chest: Thick. Body: Rectangular, well muscled, strong bone. Legs: Forelegs are long, strong, muscular. Hind legs are strong, hocks are moderately bent. Feet: Oval. Tail: Long, curved at end. Movement: Swift and very agile, with flowing gait. Temperament: High-spirited, yet very lovable.

Temperament
They are not the dogs for beginners. They mature slowly, are very independent, and often do not respond to traditional concepts of dog obedience. On the other hand, they are extremely territorial and will protect the sheep, households, and families they feel were placed under their protection. Rafeiro do Alentejo are guard dogs without herding qualities. They are not aggressive but protective; they get along quite well with children.

History
The dogs are descendents of Tibetan Mastiffs, believed to be the oldest breed of dogs. They are closely related to Anatolian Mastiffs, known also as Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. Rafeiro do Alentejo have been used, for centuaries, to move sheep, during winter, from mountains in northern Portugal to the plateau of Alentejo and back to the mountain. Gradually they adjusted to living in Alentejo province. The breed was threatened with extinction but survived largely due to an organized effort by a few dedicated people.

At present there are very few registered and recognized breeders but the number of dogs is steadily increasing. The breed is recognized by the Continental Kennel Club and, recently, the Rafeiro do Alentejo were admitted to the Foundation Stock Service of the American Kennel Club.

http://www.mypets.net.au/flex/portuguese_sheepdog/455/1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Rafeiro_male.jpg
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-21-2007, 04:20 PM
george656 george656 is offline
Puppy Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portugal
Posts: 94
Default

Anywone?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-21-2007, 04:26 PM
Baxter'smybaby's Avatar
Baxter'smybaby Baxter'smybaby is offline
swimming upstream
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 21,976
Default

what is it that you are looking for? Seems like your post was of an educational nature re portuguese sheepdogs. I found it interesting, but have nothing to add.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-21-2007, 05:04 PM
hide98's Avatar
hide98 hide98 is offline
Old English Lover
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 15
Default

^^^Ditto, I found it informative, and I think they're cute, but you didn't leave anything to discuss.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-22-2007, 01:19 AM
george656 george656 is offline
Puppy Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portugal
Posts: 94
Default

Sorry about that. It was for educational purposes. The breed can reach a height of 30 inches at the shoulder. Would you buy this breed if it was available in the US ? Why or Why not?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-22-2007, 01:43 AM
BoxMeIn21's Avatar
BoxMeIn21 BoxMeIn21 is offline
Yeah. So?
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Teh boozer
Posts: 235
Default

Interesting. They look very much like the Anatolian Shepherd.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-22-2007, 01:54 AM
hide98's Avatar
hide98 hide98 is offline
Old English Lover
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 15
Default

If I could I might, but I would have to research this breed more. Plus, with my current living conditions, I don't think it would be good for a breed this large and active.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:58 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site