History & Overview
The Majorca Shepherd Dog is a medium-large flock guardian, native to the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. The breed was developed to work under the extreme conditions of the intense heat. Since this is primarily a working breed, the owners have always focused on the dog’s ability to do the job. Very tolerant of pain, the Ca de Bestiar is extremely territorial and known for his courage and willingness to defend his home.
Virtually unknown outside its native country, the Perro de Pastor is quite common there and seen everywhere on farms and rural villages. A few breeders have imported the breed to Brazil and support the Perro de Pastor there. His dark coat requires little care, and his ears are usually left natural, and the tail is undocked. The FCI recognizes both the short-haired and long-haired varieties of the breed. The ideal height is 19 – 22 inches at shoulders. There are two varieties of Majorca Shepherd Dog: short-haired and long-haired. The color is black or dark brindle.
- Adapted from FCI-Standard # 321