Original Name : Rafeiro do Alentejo
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Portuguese, Mastiff
Male size : 26-29 inches
Male weight : 88-110 lbs
Female size : 25-27½ inches
Female weight : 77-99 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Portugal
These giant, strong dogs are hardy and sober. The general impression is slightly convex, with more length than breadth.
Bear-like, broader at the top of the skull, less rounded at the bottom.
Strong, very muscular, long, bulky, sloping slightly toward the rear and arched.
Black, wolf-like, fawn or yellow, with white markings, or white with these colors, dappled, streaked or brindled.
Set medium high, folded, hanging at the sides, not very mobile.
Set medium high, thick, long and curved, more so at the tip, but never kinked.
Short, preferably medium length, heavy, dense and smooth.
Portuguese Mastiffs are outstanding homestead guard dogs as well as being very well suited to protecting livestock, especially at night. During daylight hours, they are less alert, but they are still menacing if they come across any uninvited visitors.
There are so many things that make this breed special. Take a closer look, for instance, and you’ll see that its pink skin is dappled with black.