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The Mallorcan Shepherd Dog

The Ca de Bestiar or Mallorcan Shepherd Dog is often mistaken for a Black Labrador or a Labrador mix, but is in fact a pure breed dog. The Ca de Bestiar is a working farm dog. You will not find many campesinos in Mallorca breeding sheep who do not rely on this very dependable shepherd dog.

The origins of the Mallorcan Shepherd Dog are not clear, but there are those who claim that the dogs were brought to the island in 1229 as part of the fleet of Jaume I. The Ca de Bestiar certainly looks similar to the Catalan Shepherd Dog.

In any case, the Mallorcan Club del Ca de Bestiar organizes annually a number of Ca de Bestiar dog shows throughout  the island, during the Firas of Andratx, Santa Maria, Costitx, Sineu, Biniamar, Alaró, Alcúdia, Artà, Vilafranca, Calvià, Sa Pobla, Montuiri, and others. Yesterday, the XV Exposició Monogràfica del Ca de Bestiar was held in the pueblo of Maria de la Salut to the delight of an animated crowd.

The dog shown in my photo was the winner of the female category in yesterday’s dog show. The overall winner yesterday was a male dog carrying the number 19, not shown here. ¡Enhorabuena!

The photo was taken in Maria de la Salut, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 28th, 2008. The time was 13:26:16.

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  1. hello my name is ruth’m from Ramon Llull and we are doing work in English and our teacher informed us that we commented on a photo you like it
    good I hope we answer

    • hola ismael, jose antonio, ruth, aner, sharon, juan antonio and kiko,
      thank you very much for your kind comments. your english is very good. you must have a good teacher. tell her ‘thank you’ for me, for using my blog in your english lessons. best greetings to all at ramon llull ies. klaus

    • you could contact the club de ca de bestiar (info@clubcadebestiar dot com). they will be able to direct you to breeders, either in mallorca or elsewhere.

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