|Sensitivity to strangers|
|Affection for family|
|Suitable for first-time owners|
|Ease of grooming|
Find here all the information you need about the Ca de Bou, also known as Majorcan Mastiff, and Dogo de Mallorca.
Today we will talk about the Ca de Bou, also known as Majorcan Mastiff, that originated in Spain. In this article, you will be given all the useful information to learn more about this breed: its character, puppies, price, and its history.
Majorcan Mastiff: Origins
The Majorcan Mastiff is a canine breed that originated in Spain, it is also related more precisely to the island of Mallorca, after which it is named. The blood in its veins is filled with the English Mastiff and the Bulldog. In the past, the Ca de Bou played a fundamental role in defending local ports against pirates and buccaneers, and helped sailors in their commercial trade between the East and West with Mediterranean peoples.
At the same time, however, it was also used for hunting and dog fights, until the 18th century, when the Treaty of Utrecht turned Mallorca into a British colony. The Dogo of the peninsula was crossed with guard dogs from Great Britain. This gave birth to the first real Majorcan Mastiff.
We know, thanks to some documents, that the Mallorcan Dogo already existed in the year 1923, and that in 1928 the first specimen was recorded. Only a year after it was part of a canine exhibition. The definitive breed standard was made official only in 1996.
In some countries, like England, Canada, the US, and Australia, the Majorcan Mastiff is quite scarce, almost unknown, while in Spain the number of specimens is really significant.
Majorcan Mastiff: Characteristics
The Majorcan Mastiff is a medium-to-large-sized dog, vigorous and admirable due to its sturdy aspect and its muscle-bone development. The average height of a male is 22 inches (56 cm) at the withers and weighs approximately 80 lb (36 kg). The backside is short and elevates near the croup, that at first sight, is higher than the wither, up to 3 more cm or 1 inch.
- The paws are robust, straight, perfectly delineated, and with truly enviable muscles. especially in the back extremities.
- The tail is placed at medium height, very wide at the base, and becomes finer at the top, it is relatively long and carries it low when it is in a resting position.
- The neck is strong and very wide, especially where the chest begins. It bears a big and square head, that gives way to a not-so-slim snout until it arrives at a black mouth and its expression is deep and sharp.
- The ears are near up high, they are small and triangular, it carries them slightly bent backward in a rose-like shape.
- This Spanish dog’s skin is very elastic, but despite other mastiffs, they do not have wrinkles or folds in its body or the head.
- The hair is short and rough to the touch, really stuck to the body. In general, it is of a reddish color, with a black mask or dark tawny. In particular, markings or white stripes are not appreciated, although they may be tolerated in the standard to up to a 30% maximum.
Majorcan Mastiff: Feeding and Health
The Ca de Bou’s health is relatively good, compatible with the snout slightly brachycephalic, periodical checkups are carried out by a vet and they are enough to keep it in an excellent state.
Majorcan Mastiff: Temperament
The most significant characteristic of the Majorcan Mastiff is its strong character and, occasionally, we might say a relationship filled with trust, confidence, and affection develops between him and its owner. However, with strangers, its temperament is usually suspicious, and also with other dogs.
For the Majorcan Mastiff, socialization is an inevitable stage in education, because it has an extremely affectionate and protective character. It especially needs physical contact with its owner but lives better outside of the house. Inside, on the contrary, you must always keep it close by; neglecting this would mean that it might become raging and nervous, and, therefore, it would be extremely sad.
Without education, you must make sure its training is carried out with strict rules and a constant rhythm, but with no violence. Due to its character, that gave it a reputation for being dangerous, we cannot say it is a fit dog for any person, but with the right one and proper education, training, and lots of affection, it can become a loyal and reliable friend forever.
Majorcan Mastiff: Puppies and Price
The Majorcan Mastiff grows very fast. For this reason, it is good to pay special attention to its diet and its health state, in particular during its first stages of life. As regards training, it must go hand in hand with socialization, so as to avoid that it develops a too aggressive and combative character towards strangers and other dog breeds. Sometimes, the help of a professional trainer may be useful.
In Spain, you may find specialized breeders, with an average price of 1400 dollars, or 1100 English pounds for a Majorcan Dogo. In the US, England, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland and India it is difficult to find this breed, which makes it hard to establish an approximate price. Our advice, as always, is to go to a specialized breeding establishment, even abroad, instead of an unreliable internet search.
Majorcan Mastiff: Breeders, and Puppies for Sale
It is essential that you buy a dog from a reliable breeder so that you can be sure that your puppy has been:
- Bred for good health and temperament;
- Well-selected (this means that its parents were chosen without genetic diseases);
- Properly socialized, so that it is not too fearful or too aggressive;
- Vaccinated and well-groomed.
If you adopt a puppy, the reliable breeder will provide you with a veterinary certificate that states that the animal has been dewormed and is completely healthy.
You can always ask for the pedigree, which is essential: it allows you to check the purity of the dog’s breed. An animal with a pedigree has certain characteristics of its breed that differentiate it from the rest.
Now that we have mentioned the most important aspects, you can go in search of your new 4-legged friend, who is certainly waiting for you.