Ca de Bou | Great Watchdog | 2021

Breed Introduction

Ca de Bou is one of the breeds of the Bulldog. This is a purebred Bulldog, and basically from Majorca, Spain.

This breed is also known as the Majorcan Bulldog, Majorcan Mastiff, or the Perro de Presa Mallorquin.

They were kept on the island in history for blood sports like dog fighting and bull-baiting.

Some believe these dogs were likely developed between 1270 AD and 1570 AD during the Catalan influence period over Majorca.

It’s likely Mastiff dogs were their ancestors. Those were used for controlling the cattle on the island.

In the 18th century, blood sports like dog fighting and bull baiting were popular, and local people used to favor Ca de Bou for these sports.

But in the 20th century, bullfighting and bull-baiting were outlawed, and these breeds became unemployed and the numbers of these breeds began to decline and they were moving toward extinction.

Breed lovers from Spain began exhibiting them at the dog show and they were saved. 

In the 1960s, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) officially recognized this breed, and the United Kennel Club (UKC) also recognized this breed as a guardian dog.

In the Spanish Language, these dogs are known as Perro de Presa Mallorquin.

In English, they are known as the Majorcan Bulldog or sometimes the Majorcan Mastiff.

In the Catalan language, they are known as Ca de Bou.

Quick Overview of Ca de Bou

Breed NameCa de Bou
Other NameMajorcan Bulldog, Majorcan Mastiff, and Perro de Presa Mallorquin
OriginMajorca, Spain
Lifespan10 to 12 Years
Breed typePurebred
Height Male/Female22 to 23 inches/20 to 22 inches
Weight Male/Female77 to 84 lbs/66 to 75 lbs
TemperamentEnergetic, Friendly, and Intelligent 
Coat Short and rough
ColorBrindle, black and fawn
Exercise requirementAbout an hour
Energy levelHigh
Litter size2 to 5 Puppies
Tendency to DroolHigh
Tendency to BarkLow
Attention needModerate

Breed Appearance

The Ca de Bou is a Molosser type breed. It has a lean and muscular body, a broad head, they have very powerful jaws, their eyes are dark, ears are relatively small and called rose ear, their chest is broad and deep, they have thick skin, and their back is flat.

Breed Size

The Ca de Bou is a medium-sized bulldog breed. The male breed height is between 22 to 23 inches (55 to 58 cm) and females between 20 to 22 inches (52 to 55 cm).

The male breeds weigh 77 to 84 lbs (35 to 38 kg), and the females weigh around 66 to 75 lbs (30 to 34 kg).

Breed Coat and Colors

The Ca de Bou has short and rough coats. Mostly, their coats come in brindle, black and fawn colors. 

Breed Temperament

The Ca de Bou is a lovable bulldog breed. They love to be a part of the family and be around the family members. 

Their nature is quite calm in their home, and they love to spend time with kind and play with them.

They are a very loyal breed, and they are devoted to their owner. They always observe their surrounding environment and they react very quickly if anything is found suspicious or annoying. They are superb watchdogs.

Social Engagement

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The Ca de Bou used to be a fighting and aggressive dog. They really don’t feel comfortable with strangers, so you should socialize your dog from an early age.

Make them familiar with other pets and strangers. You can take them to the park for that or to a dog kindergarten.

Exercise Requirement

The Ca de Bou was a working dog and they have a strong body and they are very energetic. They need daily physical exercise with two long walks or jogging every day.

They might get depressed or be destructive in behavior if they do not get enough physical exercise.


The ca de Bou has a short coat which requires minimal grooming.

You can make a routine for brushing their coat. Bruising once or twice a week is OK, and keep checking their ears, eyes, and nails.

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