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Ca de Bestiar (Majorca Shepherd Dog)

Herding Dog Group

The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges.

Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.

Any departure from the following should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


The Ca de Bestiar originated in Spain. It is also known as the Majorca Shepherd Dog.

The Ca de Bestiar was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

General Appearance

A medium sized, short coated black flock guardian breed with natural ears and tail.


Intelligent, thoughtful, and protective.


The head is sharply defined.


Medium sized and well proportioned to the head.


The Ca de Bestiar has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.




Small, round and set wide apart.


Left natural.


The neck is short and strong.


The forelegs are straight and strong.


The chest is deep and broad. The ribs are well sprung. The back is straight and strong and the loins are muscular.


The hind legs are muscular, and the stifles and hocks are well angulated.


The feet are small and compact, with well arched toes and hard pads.


The tail is undocked.


The coat is short.


The color is black.

Height And Weight

Average height at the withers is from 22 to 24 inches. Average weight is from 77 to 88 pounds.


Swift, very agile and flowing.


(A dog with a Disqualification must not be considered for placement in a conformation event, and must be reported to UKC.)
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Viciousness or extreme shyness.

UKC Breed Standards: Ca de Bestiar

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