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Perro de Pastor Mallorquin Breed Description
Ca de Bestiar, Majorca Shepherd Dog
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FCI-Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
The Perro de Pastor Mallorquin is a tall and up to 40-pound shepherd and guard dog. Most of the breed is short-haired with a very fine, thin undercoat. In the long haired variety, the hair is slightly wavy on the back. In the long-haired variety the undercoat is well distributed and not thick, showing varying shades of black. The ears, which are slightly bent from the side, are relatively small, triangular, thick and set high on the head. The color of the fur is described by the F d ration Cynologique Internationale as follows: "The only acceptable color is black in the shades jet, normal and pitch black. White is only permitted on the chest, a thin tie at the neck and the front and rear. R ber mentions an additional dark brindle coloration. The Perro de Pastor Mallorquin was never bred for beauty and has a rough appearance.
Head: Massive. Gently sloped stop. Broad muzzle. Black lips.
Ears: Drop, triangular, set on high. Thick.
Eyes: Slightly almond-shaped, set obliquely. Light or dark color. Black rims.
Body: Large, sturdy, and well-proportioned. Solid neck. Full chest with well-sprung ribs. Broad, powerful loin. Broad, square croup.
Tail: Fairly long, curves up in the shape of a saber when dog is alert.
Hair: Short-haired (most common) variety – 1.5 to 3 cm on the back. Very fine undercoat. Long-haired variety – slightly wavy on the back (approx. 7 cm). Fairly light undercoat. Both varieties have soft, fine, weather-resistant hair.
Coat: Black, white markings acceptable only on the breast and the feet. Jet black is preferred.
Size: Dog: 66 to 73 cm. (26-29 in).Bitch: 62 to 68 cm (24-26.8 in).
Weight: Approx. 40 kg (88 lb).
While the timing of its arrival is unknown, the breed came with the conquest of King James I of Aragon or shortly thereafter, and over the centuries the Majorcan Shepherds and foravilers conferred its very own and distinct features, not only from other island dogs, but also its neighbors around the Mediterranean. It was used as a shepherd dog for cattle, a bird dog, and to guard and defend the home.
Selection and controlled breeding began in the 1970s, and the breed standard was drafted in 1980. This prototype was accepted by the RSCPFRCE (Royal Central Society for the Promotion of Dog Breeds of Spain) and also recognized by the top world body, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), on September 13, 1982.
This fleet-footed, robust breed is agile, brave, and extremely territorial. The Perro de Pastor Mallorquin is calm, affectionate, and loyal. He bonds only to his owner and is wary by instinct around strangers.
Although it is unusual for a black dog to tolerate heat well, the Majorca Shepherd Dog can tolerate the high temperatures of the Mediterranean climate, and they have been exported to Brazil where they have been successfully used to protect private property.
This breed needs to be brushed occasionally and requires space to run and exercise.
Herder, Guard and Defense Dog, Pet.
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