Mallorcan Shepherd Dog

Other names: Ca de Bestiar, Perro de pastor Mallorquin, Majorca Shepherd Dog

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Hair type Short
Origin Spain
Template Big
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 38 kg to 39 kg From 62 cm to 68 cm
Male From 39 kg to 40 kg From 66 cm to 73 cm
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History of the breed

The precise origins of the Mallorcan Sheepdog are not known, but its ancestors would have been brought to the Balearic Islands , in particular the island of Mallorca from which it takes its name, by merchants. The local inhabitants then developed the breed in such a way as to obtain a dog that could ensure their defense and that of their animals , for this crossing various varieties of sheepdogs with the Mastiff of Mallorca (Ca de Bou).

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Physical features

His hair: short, well applied against the body, soft, fine and resistant. The outer coat is associated with a fine and tight undercoat. In the long-haired variety, it can measure over 7 cm and may be slightly wavy.
Its color: only black (ideally jet black), possibly with white on the chest, under the neck and on the feet.
His head: massive, but without the impression of heaviness. Well designed and harmonious proportions. The profile of the skull is slightly convex. The occipital ridge is marked, as is the stop which, however, is not abrupt. The nose is black, moist and the nostrils well open. The muzzle is broad and strong, the lips black and the jaws articulate in scissors, with the upper external incisors well in contact with the lower canines.
His ears: rather small, thick, set high, broken (bent and drooping), thrown back when the dog is at rest, straightened and detached from the cheeks when he is attentive.
His eyes: quite small in size, almond-shaped, slightly oblique, full of liveliness, light to dark in color (rosemary honey to carob honey). The gaze is both intelligent and suspicious.
His body: robust, well proportioned. The neck is massive, thick and muscular. The withers are marked, the top line straight and horizontal, the kidney wide and powerful, the croup moderately large and slightly rounded, the chest wide and well let down, the sides of medium size and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: thick at its attachment, flattened from 8 cm from its attachment, with long fringes abundant in the long-haired variety, naturally drooping or curved outwards when the dog is at rest, flapping from left to right and raised in sickle when the dog is in motion.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Mallorcan Shepherd Dog is a dog of unlimited loyalty to his master, to whom he is extremely attached and obeys only to himself. He is naturally very suspicious of strangers , which makes him a very good guard dog, in addition to his status as a sheepdog and defense dog. Courageous, docile, affectionate, very sensitive and intelligent, the Mallorcan Shepherd Dog is an excellent companion for the family as well as a very high quality work partner.

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The Mallorcan Sheepdog is educated quite easily due to its docility, its willingness to please its master and its intelligence . Brutality has no place in his upbringing, which works best with positive reinforcement .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Mallorcan Sheepdog prefers to live in a natural setting , in the countryside, for example. It can adapt to the city if it is walked enough and can benefit from a large fenced space .


Ease of gaining weight

The Mallorcan Shepherd Dog is a rustic and robust dog . There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Mallorcan Shepherd Dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Mallorcan Sheepdog is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Mallorcan Sheepdog sheds very little hair. Its maintenance remains simple and not very restrictive .

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to maintain the beauty and health of its coat and skin. Inspect the inside of her ears, dress and pads after exits, and cut her claws when they get too long. His teeth need to be brushed frequently in order to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Mallorcan Sheepdog is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
850 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Mallorcan Sheepdog is between € 600 and € 850.

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The Mallorcan Sheepdog needs a balanced and quality diet , adapted to its physical activity, its age and its size. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day . As it can be prone to bloating, care should be taken to ensure that the dog eats calmly and does not engage in any strenuous physical activity in the hour after and before the meal.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Mallorcan Sheepdog is essentially an active dog. He cannot be satisfied with a short clean walk. One to 2 long trips per day are recommended.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1982


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