The Rafeiro do Alentejo Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Rafeiro do Alentejo and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Portuguese Watchdog is known for being calm, sober, and protective. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Rafeiro do Alentejo or the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Rafeiro do Alentejo Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Rafeiro do Alentejo Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Rafeiro do Alentejo Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Rafeiro do Alentejo History
The Rafeiro do Alentejo is not a common breed of dog. It is also known as the Portuguese Watchdog. There is not a lot of information on it, but it is believed to have originated in the Middle East. Like most dog breeds they were used to protect flocks of sheep and goats in the mountains. As well as while they migrated their animals back and forth from the mountains to the lowlands. It is a large dog with a very large head.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier History
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier hails from Ireland. It is a diverse and versatile farm dog that was primarily used to rid the place of vermin. It also made for a good guard dog that would alert the place if people or animals were around that shouldn’t be. Virtually all terriers can be tied back to a common lineage. It is thought that the first Wheaten Terriers arrived in the United States in 1946, post World War Two. It was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973. This will be a high energy dog with a strong prey drive. It will still be a good working dog and will be able to perform it’s vermin duties in the modern world. It’s hard to tell, but it might not be the best dog to have around your cats.
Rafeiro do Alentejo
Height: 25 - 29 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 110 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Height: 17 - 19 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 30 - 40 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
The Rafeiro do Alentejo and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Rafeiro do Alentejo mixed with the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier might be prone to joint dysplasia, epilepsy, luxating patellas, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."