Majorca Shepherd Dog, as the name suggests, is a breed of medium-sized dogs that have been bred for working in farms as the guardian and protector of sheep and other livestock. They are characterized by a sharply-defined head, medium-sized muzzle, black nose, small, round eyes, short, strong neck, deep, broad chest, well-sprung ribs, muscular hind legs, small, compact feet, and undocked tail.
|Other Names||Majorca Sheepdog, Ca de bestiar (Catalan), Perro de pastor Mallorquin (Spanish)|
|Coat||Short-haired: 1.5-3 cm long hairs, fine, thin undercoat
Long-haired: 7 cm long fur in winter, somewhat curly on the back, well-distributed undercoat
|Color||Predominantly black; white may appear on the chest, at the front, rear, and neck|
|Category||Livestock Guardians, Herding Dogs|
|Size of Litter||4-5 puppies on average|
|Temperament||Devoted, intelligent, protective, independent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Spain|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||FCI, UKC|
The origin of Majorca Shepherd Dog is unclear though it is believed that these all-purpose farm dogs were brought to the Balearic Islands soon after the conquest of the Iberian monarch James I of Aragon. The controlled breeding program for these sheep-dogs started during the 1970s, with the first breed registry drafted in 1980. Subsequently, the “Royal Central Society for the Promotion of Dog Breeds of Spain” recognized it, while the FCI also acknowledged the breed in 1982.
Known for its devotion to its owner, the Majorca Shepherd Dog will never hesitate to defend its territory and protect its family from a possible threat. It is a courageous, biddable dog, neither too aggressive nor shy, but often displaying a distrust of strangers. The dominant personality of a Majorca Shepherd is observed when it directs a flock of sheep using barks, nips, and penetrating stares, showing that it is in charge.
The Majorca Sheepdogs are not a good choice for you if you have never owned a dog before. When training your dog, you got to be firm and confident in your approach.
Since these sheepdogs are standoffish with unfamiliar people, you may give your Majorca Shepherd lots of contact with people of all ages, colors, and sizes. Take your pet along with you when meeting up with neighbors, friends, and other members of the family.
Gaining obedience through training involves giving commands so that your pet may learn to live harmoniously in the family. Owing to its herding instincts, it might nip at humans. Therefore, basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” “stop,” “come,” and “go” are necessary for curbing this unwanted behavior.
As an energetic breed, your Majorca Shepherd Dog needs a high-quality dry food containing about 20% protein and 7% fat. Make sure that its food has whole-meat protein like fish, beef, or poultry.