Majorca Shepherd Dog
Other names: Majorca Sheepdog, Ca de bestiar
The Majorca Shepherd is an all-purpose farm dog. They can hunt, herd, and are also used as watchdogs. Its exact origins remain unknown, but some experts suggest it was brought to Majorca by James I of Aragon in the 13th century. There are short and long-haired versions of the breed, but both have a distinct all black coat with very light white speckling. It has a rough appearance, which matches the dog’s robust personality. These dogs are brave, fearless, and tireless workers.
Key facts about the Majorca Shepherd Dog
Life expectancy :
Origins and history
Since ancient times, the Majorca Shepherd has worked as a herding dog, a watchdog, and a guard dog. Their origins can be traced back to the 13th century. It remains relatively unknown outside of its native Majorca and the breed standard wasn’t written until the 1980s. In 2006, the UK Kennel Club recognised the breed within the herding dog category. Although well-domesticated, the Majorca Shepherd is still a working dog; it is rarely kept as just a pet.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)
Section 1 : Sheepdogs
Physical characteristics of the Majorca Shepherd Dog
Female : Between 24 and 27 in
Male : Between 26 and 29 in
Female : Between 84 and 93 lb
Male : Between 84 and 93 lb
Black. White speckles on the chest and legs.
Type of coat
Rough. Dense. Thick.
Medium size. Solid build. Long muzzle and pendulous ears. An open and friendly expression. Deep chest and long, straight back. Often mistaken for a Labrador crossbreed.
Good to know
Due to this dog’s headstrong nature, it’s important that owners assert their personality over the dog. Owners should be firm and consistent, but never aggressive.
Without proper training, this dog can display aggressive behaviour towards strangers.
They prefer to be the only dog in the family.
A friendly breed, but not particularly affectionate. This is a real working dog with a strong, independent personality.
Not very playful, although they will enjoy games that stimulate their natural herding instincts.
This dog is full of energy. They also love exploring or investigating. Keeping them inside for long periods of time will lead to boredom and frustration. This is a real “outside” dog. Suitable for farm owners or dog lovers with large back gardens.
Highly intelligent animals and, in the right hands, easy to train. Far too intelligent for an inexperienced dog trainer.
More of a herding dog than a hunting dog.
Fearful / wary of strangers
A brave and strong-willed animal. Will show no fear or nervousness around strangers.
The Majorca Shepherd is a strong-willed dog that is used to working independently. They can be quite headstrong.
Behaviour of the Majorca Shepherd Dog
Although no dog should be left alone for prolonged periods of time, this one deals with solitude much better than most other breeds.
Easy to train / obedience
These independent minded animals can be be difficult to train. Although they’re very intelligent, Majorca Shepherds are notoriously dominant. Handlers need to be firm, confident, and experienced.
This dog doesn’t really like strangers and will often bark when they see one. They’re also very territorial. Barking is their way of saying “get out of my space.”