Country of OriginMajorca, Spain
Nicknames and Other NamesPerro de Presa Mallorquin
Perro Dogo
Presa Canario
Silverback Mastiff
Mallorquin Mastiff
Mallorquin Bulldog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupMastiff Type
Bred ForGuarding and Hunting
SizeMedium to Large-Sized
Recognized ByFCI, UKC
Life Span10-12 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 80 Pounds
Female: 70 Pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 21.5 Inches
Fmale: 20.5 Inches
Fur TypeFine and Smooth
Common ColorsBrindle, Fawn, and Black
MarkingsBlack Markings
AvailabilityRarely Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToTosa

Ca de Bou is a medium to the large-sized dog which is also known as Perro de Presa Mallorquin, Perro Dogo, Presa Canario Mallorquin. It is a molosser-type dog that was bred for guarding purposes. It is a strong, powerful dog with thick and somewhat loose skin. Their jaws are strong and the chest is deep and wide.

Ca de Bou can make a great family companion in the house with active and loving people. They are suitable for apartment life too but needs regular physical activities. They are an intelligent dog that needs an owner who can understand them and handle them well.

History and Origin

Ca de Bou was originated Balearic Island, east coast of Spain. This breed is believed to be created by crossbreeding English Bulldogs with local dogs. Since Bulldogs are not much tolerant of humidity, the breeder crossed it with local dogs to make it a more heat-tolerant breed. It was specifically bred for bull-baiting but after it was banned in the 1800s, it was used as a guardian dog and hunting dog.

Ca de Bou was recognized by the FCI in the 1960s but due to its low number, it was often crossed with other breeds when necessary. The United Kennel Club recognized this breed as a guardian dog.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Ca de Bou is intelligent, friendly, energetic, and independent. They are good at learning new commands and instruction which makes training them easy. They are loving and affection towards their people and loves spending time with them.

Behavior: Ca de Bou is a very energetic dog breed that requires a lot of regular physical exercise. If they do not get enough physical activities, they tend to get depressed and destructive. Therefore, to avoid any destructive behavior from them, provide them with a good amount of physical exercise.

Personality: The Ca de Bou personality is protective, confident, dominant, and courageous. They are a very alert dog that is wary of activities going on in the surrounding. Therefore, they make an excellent guard dog as well as watchdogs.


Training Ca de Bou is a tough task to do even for an experienced dog owner since it is a guarding dog that needs to be training according to its temperament. It needs a trainer that is patient and who can provide it with consistent training.

Ca de Bou Protection Training
Ca de Bou Protection Training.
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At their very early age, give them obedience training and as they master it, enroll them in advance agility. While training, reward them with delicious treats and vocal praises as they complete a certain task.

Is Ca de Bou Child-Friendly?

Ca de Bou can get along with familiar, family children but can be aggressive towards unfamiliar kids. They are loving and protective of kids at home and loves to spend time with them. For small kids and toddlers, they might be too big and energetic, so they are suited more for older children.

A boy and Ca de Bou cuddling
A boy and Ca de Bou cuddling.
Image Source: Instagram-@simon_ca_de_bou


  • To distinguish between male and female, you can see the circumference which is greater in dogs than in bitches.
  • The name Ca de Bou is a Catalan translation of Bulldog which refers more to the dog’s function rather than its appearance.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Cataracts,
Elbow Dysplasia, Glaucoma
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingNone to Minimal Shedder
DroolingQuite a Lot Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 28%
Milk Thistle

Ca de Bou can face a few canine health issues during their 11- 12 years of life.

  • Bloat: When the belly of your dog is filled with gas and liquid it is called bloat. It will affect the blood flow in the body which can lead to shock. The cause is due to improper eating. After feeding them, let them take rest, which can reduce the problem of bloat to some extent.
  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition that is mostly caused due to genetic inherent. It causes a sharp pain on the back of your dog which makes it painful for them to move from one place to another. Therefore, before buying a puppy from a breeder, check for its parent’s health issues.


Ca de Bou comes in the following colors:

  • Light Brown
  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Tan Markings


Ca de Bou Puppies cost
Cute Ca de Bou puppies.
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Cost: The average cost of the Ca de Bou is between $600-$1200 USD.


Height: The average height of the Ca de Bou is between 52-58 cm.

Weight: The average weight of the Ca de Bou is between 30-38 kg.

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