Perro de Presa Mallorquin
Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 66-77 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Perro de Presa Mallorquin is an Spanish dog breed of molossor type. It is also known as Ca de Bou, Mallorquin Mastiff, Mallorquin Bulldog, Perro Dogo Mallorquin, Majorca Mastiff and Majorcan Bulldog. This ancient breed is medium size, strongly built dog that was developed to be a tenacious watch and guard dog. Like many other ancient rare dog breeds, the origin of present day Perro de Presa Mallorquin is uncertain and is subject to controversy. Some claim that this dog is the recreation of now extinct Spanish breed while others claim that this breed was developed from a few last remaining Mallorquin Bulldogs. This medium size breed, with height and weight of 21-22 inches and 66-77 lbs respectively, comes with a large and strong head, broad and almost square skull and broad, moderate length muzzle. Nose is black and broad. Large, oval shaped, slightly slanting eyes are preferred in as dark colour as possible. Small, rose shaped ears are set high and to the side. Strong and thick neck fits well into the withers. It may have some loose skin and consequently a slight dewlap. The body of Perro de Presa Mallorquin is some what elongated. It comes with short and narrow loin with slight arch towards croup. Chest is deep and broad. Belly is slightly tucked-up. Thick tail is set low, tapers towards the tip and hangs down in repose. It is slightly curved when the dog is in action and raised to the height of the topline. The Perro de Presa Mallorquin's short and rough coat comes in brindle, fawn and black. This breed has somewhat elongated body that comes with short and narrow loin, deep and broad chest and slightly tucked-up belly. The thick tail is set on low, hangs down in repose and forms a slight curve when the dog is in motion. This dog has short and rough to touch coat that comes in brindle, fawn and black colouring. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and UKC.
In the order of preference, this dog is found in brindle, fawn and black coloring. White patches on front feet, chest and muzzle are permitted but must not exceed 30% of coat color. The dog can come with or without black mask.
This breed sports a short and rough to touch coat.
The Perro de Presa Mallorquin has been described as quiet, loyal, people friendly and courageous dog breed. It is specifically developed to perform guard and protection dog duties at which this dog is more than adapt. The Perro de Presa Mallorquin is known to be gentle and kind to its people including children while at the same time, territorial and wary of strangers. When this dog is patrolling the house, there is a slim chance that an intruder can trespass without alarming the dog. It is known to be courageous and fearless dog that will take on any threat to protect its family and home. This dominant and territorial dog may not tolerate other dogs and pets in the family without extensive socialization and training which should start at puppyhood and continued well into the adulthood. This dog needs an experienced trainer who can understand this dog's behavior and train it in a gentle yet firm manner. Harsh methods will only incite this dog. While it loves being outdoors, the Perro de Presa Mallorquin can live in an apartment life. This dog is relatively inactive and laid back in the house but does need to be taken for exercise several times a day if it is to be kept in an apartment. Ideally, this dog will need a large yard to run and play.
Short coat of this dog is easy to maintain with weekly brushing. It does not need extensive grooming at all.
Training should be provided in a firm yet gentle manner by an experienced owner or professional trainer. Harsh methods can instigate aggression in this dog.
This is an energetic dog that loves being outside doing some work. It has high exercise demands and needs a house with a large yard to run and play. With its relatively laid back and relaxed attitude indoors, this breed can live in an apartment if it is provided with sufficient exercise several times a day.