Ca De Bou
The Ca de Bou is a rather old Spanish dog breed. He is often also known under the name "Mallorca Dogue". The breed is recognized by the FCI and assigned to Group 2 (Great Dane-type dogs). Despite its rather grim origin story, the Ca de Bou is a cheerful, lovable dog. Basically, the animals are considered loyal protectors. However, they can also make great family dogs.
The Ca de Bou belongs to the medium to large dog breeds. Adult males reach a height of about 55 to 58 cm. Accordingly, the males bring about 35 to 38 kg on the scale. Bitches are on average somewhat smaller and lighter than their male counterparts. Their height is usually between 52 and 55 cm. The weight of bitches usually ranges between 30 and 34 kg.
Overall, the Ca de Bou has a strong, muscular and coherent physique. The dogs have a broad chest, a strikingly strong neck and a prominent head. Both the front legs and the hind legs of the animals appear strong and resistant. In addition, the dogs possess a long tail. The head of the Ca de Bou is provided with large floppy ears. It is altogether typical of a variation of the Bull Terrier and surrounded by conspicuous wrinkles. The overall appearance of the Ca de Bou exudes courage and determination and may appear somewhat intimidating.
The Ca de Bou has a very short, smooth coat. With regard to the coat color, different colorations are possible. The breed standard describes the coat of this breed with the colors: Light brown to golden brown, black and brindle. Some dogs also have white markings. These are often found on the chest, forehead or lower legs of the dogs. Such markings are also allowed by the standard.
The nature of the Ca de Bou is basically very lovable and friendly. The dogs are considered to be exceptionally smart and should be encouraged. They also need a lot of exercise and movement. This is significant so that the dogs do not get bored or underchallenged. The Ca de Bou builds a very close, intense bond with its owner and is a loyal companion. He enjoys being petted by his owners and seeks physical closeness. The Ca de Bou is therefore also classified as enormously cuddly.
The loyalty of four-legged friends is probably their best-known characteristic. The dogs would do anything to protect their owners from any dangers. For this reason, the Ca de Bou is particularly suitable as a protector and watchdog. It tends to be suspicious of strangers and always keeps a close eye on its surroundings. The Ca de Bou is courageous, self-confident and has a high tolerance level. He is not easily upset or provoked by other dogs. If it is necessary, however, he does not shy away from a confrontation.
The many positive qualities make this dog breed a great family dog.
The right food
The diet of the Ca de Bou is quite unproblematic. Like most large dog breeds, the Ca de Bou tends to eat a lot. You should therefore make sure that your four-legged friend does not become overweight. In addition, dogs should have a small recovery break after eating to prevent stomach torsion. A healthy, balanced diet consisting of plenty of meat forms the basis for a healthy life. The daily amount of food should be in relation to the dog's size, weight, age and urge to move.
Basically, the Ca de Bou is considered a robust and vital dog breed. Breed-related diseases or allergies are not known. Only the hip problems common in large breeds can occur more frequently. The life expectancy of a healthy quadruped is on average about twelve years.
Ca De Bou Care
The coat care of the Ca de Bou is not very demanding. A regular brushing from time to time is quite sufficient. In terms of exercise and exercise, however, the Ca de Bou has great needs. The four-legged friend needs extensive walks several times a day. Gladly, these can also take place in the wild. In addition, the clever dogs should be encouraged. For this purpose it offers itself to teach them tricks. Dog sports can also be a great way for the animals to exercise.
The Ca de Bou is not a beginner dog and should be kept exclusively by experienced dog owners. He needs close contact with people and must be educated from puppyhood. A good socialization is enormously important to avoid later complications with other dogs. With consequence, clear announcements and affectionate strictness the dogs can be educated well. It should be noted, however, that under no circumstances aggressiveness or harshness should be exercised in dealing with this breed. This would severely shake the relationship of trust between man and animal.
Already due to its size, the Ca de Bou has certain requirements for its living space. The breed is not suitable for keeping in small apartments. Instead, the animals need a lot of space and, in the best case, their own garden. The Ca de Bou feels more comfortable in more rural areas than in the city. This should be taken into account.
In order to promote the dog species-appropriate, various dog toys can be purchased. In addition, the four-legged friends need their own sleeping place in the house. This should be in a quiet and yet clear corner. In this way, the dogs can recover adequately and gather new strength.
Origin & History
The history of the Ca de Bou is dark and sad at the same time. The breed was bred in the past mainly to attack bulls. The animals were trained to bite and bring down a bull. This usually happened in front of many onlookers. The breed also became increasingly involved in cruel dog fights. Due to the aggressive and dark history, the Ca de Bou still has to fight today with nasty accusations and a bad reputation.
After the prohibition of bull biting and dog fighting, a great decline of the breed was felt by the population. Nevertheless, the Ca de Bou was then recognized as a dog breed by the FCI. Lovers of this breed joined together and saved the Ca de Bou from extinction.
Even today, the Ca de Bou is quite a rare dog breed. Nevertheless, there are some serious breeders who strive to maintain the breed.