Origin of the Ca de Bou

The Ca de Bou originally comes from Spain. That’s where he got his name because Ca de Bou roughly translates to “bull dog”. This name reflects his activity at that time.

The Ca de Bou was trained in Spain to bite a bull’s snout. This was also called “bull biting”. This was carried out as a street fight in the 16th and 17th centuries and was offered to a large audience by the public.

After Menorca was occupied by England, the number of dog fights increased. Two dogs competed against each other. After this, like bull biting, was banned in the 19th century, interest in the dog declined significantly.

The breed was also used as a hunting and guard dog. To this day, the Ca de Bou has a small, but consistent, following that saves the breed from extinction.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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