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.