Rafeiro Do Alentejo Breed Maintenance
The Rafeiro Do Alentejo does have a double coat, but he generally is a low maintenance dog and only requires weekly brushing except when he is shedding seasonally twice a year. The Rafeiro Do Alentejo who are working in the fields with livestock do not necessarily need to be brushed weekly, however, those that are being presented in conformation shows should be brushed at least weekly to ensure their coat is well conditioned. During seasonal shedding, he needs to be thoroughly brushed daily until all his undercoat has shed out. A pin brush, metal comb and deshedder will be useful when grooming him. He does not need to be bathed often, usually two times a year, when he is shedding heavily. When he is being exhibited at conformation shows, he will need to be bathed more often using a mild shampoo. His nails should be trimmed as needed and the hair between his foot pads needs to be trimmed to keep dirt, debris or knots from affecting his mobility.