The Rafeiro Do Alentejo is also known as the Portuguese Mastiff, and is well-known in the country. Many people utilize the dog for herding sheep or enjoy them as a family dog, as the breed is known for loyalty and is very affectionate around kids and adults. The Rafeiro Do Alentejo is bred in a variety of colors and has a dense coat. Because of the dog's size, an owner of this breed must have experience with very large dogs in terms of socialization and training. This breed of dog is very protective and smart and is a devoted family member, but must have a lot of space in the home and be able to have access to a large outdoor space as well.
Rafeiro Do Alentejo Dog Names in Pop Culture
Eventually, the Rafeiro Do Alentejo, also known as the Portuguese Mastiff, was used to guard the lavish estates of the rich, and was treated very well and given good food. This dog turned out to be a very large dog, and strong as well. It is the largest of all Portuguese breeds. In addition to displaying the keen instincts of a sighthound, the dog has proven time and time again to be a loyal family dog as well as an amazing sheepherder.
The Mastiff breed in general is known for their protection and intelligence. There are also other famous dogs of the Mastiff breed, such as Hooch from Turner and Hooch. Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux, or Mastiff of Bordeaux. This French Mastiff is the oldest of the French breeds and has the same characteristics as the Rafeiro Do Alentejo in that they are affectionate, loyal, and protective.
Turner and Hooch (1989) starred a much younger Tom Hanks as police investigator Scott Turner and his new K-9 dog, Hooch (his off the set name is Beasley). Hooch has many different antics and Turner finds himself not so sure about having the dog in his life, but realizes that Hooch is indeed a loyal companion and extremely intelligent. He ends up actually solving a murder mystery!
Another featured Mastiff in film is Lenny in Hotel for Dogs. At first, the film presents Lenny as a big, mean dog, as the tone of the music is played when the viewers are introduced to him. However, in the film, the viewers (and characters in the film) realize that Lenny is very affectionate and loyal with the kids and other dogs.
Hotel for Dogs is about two kids who live with not-so-nice foster parents. The children, Andi and Bruce, find an old, abandoned building, and find their way inside. Inside, they find two dogs, one of them being Lenny. They are obviously strays, and the children decide to set up a refuge for other homeless dogs as well. They fix up the building and welcome many different breeds into their "hotel", and find that they face several different obstacles while trying to successfully care for the many dogs. In the end, the dogs are safe, warm, and fed thanks to these two brilliant dog-loving youngsters!
Rafeiro Do Alentejo Dog Name Considerations
If you would like to give your dog a name based on the personality or appearance, there are many options as well. For example, if you own a brown Rafeiro Do Alentejo, you may like the name "Bear" or "Hooch". If you would like to find a name based on the size of your new giant, you may choose to name your dog "Augustus" or "Beowolf". As this breed is still used for sheepherding and guarding farm animals, "Skipton," which means "from the sheep estate" could be the perfect fit.
These are a few name considerations that may help you decide on the perfect name for your gentle giant. No matter the name you choose, it is certain that whatever your dog's new name is, it will be chosen with great thought and a lot of love!