Helping cats and dogs live their healthiest lives.
Breed Library

Alentejo Mastiff

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.

About the Alentejo Mastiff

These giant, strong dogs are hardy and sober. The general impression is slightly convex, with more length than breadth.

Also known as Portuguese Mastiffs, they 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.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Portugal
Group
FCI Group 2, AKC Foundation Stock Service
Size category
Large
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Independent / Quiet / Even-tempered / Sociable / Confident / Calm

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Obedience training is essential

Like & share this page

The healthiest start to life

Learn how to take care of your puppy's health during those first weeks and months of life.

Learn more

Lifetime of health

Get advice and information on how to provide the best care for your cat at every stage of life.

Learn more