The Ca de Bou, also known as Majorca Great Dane, is characterized by the fact that he is a good protector, calm, courageous and loyal.
The Ca de Bou, also called Majorca Great Dane, is a Molossian dog of Spanish origin, more specifically of the Balearic Islands. He stands out as a good protector and is calm, courageous and loyal.
Origin of the Ca de Bou
The Ca de Bou is closely linked to bull-baiting and other animal fights. This breed is associated with the Alamos and Dogos Españoles. These were introduced by the Aragonese monarch Jacob I, the conqueror, during the conquest of Mallorca between 1229 and 1231.
Since then, Alano and Dogo Español have been crossed with other indigenous breeds of the islands, as well as other fighting dogs that the English brought with them after signing the Utrecht Treaty. In this way, and through the crossing of these mighty races, the Ca de Bou known to us today emerged.
External features of the Ca de Bou
The Ca de Bou is a robust dog, with a strong and well-formed body. According to the published official standard in 1996, the back height of the male should be 55 to 58 centimeters and in the bitch 52 to 55 centimeters. The weight is usually about 35 to 38 kg in males and 30 to 34 kg in the bitch.
His head is strong and massive, with strong pines and generally no noticeable wrinkles. The muzzle is usually 1/3 in length with respect to the rest of the skull. It begins in the inner corner of the eye, wide and conical, with a straight and slightly ascending line to the black nose.
The color of the coat can be lion-colored or black and brindle. In competitions, white patches that cover more than 30% of the coat are penalized, except for the front legs, chest, and muzzle.
Character and behavior
As with any race, but even more so with large Molossern, correct and loving acclimatization is essential. He is a calm, good-natured and playful dog, courageous and protector of his family, especially with the youngest, with whom he shows great patience and tolerance.
Care and other points that you should keep in mind
Although there is no unanimity in the various regional legislations, in some areas it is considered a potentially dangerous dog. This means that the owner must have insurance. In addition, he must follow a number of recommendations, such as the type of leash or the Anleinpflicht.
Although no serious medical incidents have been reported for this breed, it is a big moloser. Therefore, regular veterinary examinations are recommended to avoid cardiovascular disease, stomach rotation or joint problems.
In short, if you have a Ca de Bou or have decided to purchase one, prepare for a good-natured, calm, courageous and exceedingly loyal companion of your family. Another family member, with whom everyone will enjoy.