12–15 years old
Mahorero is one of the oldest native Spanish breeds living in the Canary Islands. Scientists still can’t figure out how long it has been around. Pero Mahorero’s ancestors are believed to have been brought to the African coast from the Spanish mainland about 600 years ago.
On the islands, mahoreros were traditionally used as herding dogs: they guarded livestock and property. Also in the past, the largest and most aggressive representatives of the breed were baited in dog fights. In recent history, with the modernization of agriculture and the importation of other breeds of dogs, the mahorero population has been greatly reduced. Today the Kennel Club of Spain is doing everything possible to revive its national breed.
The Mahorero is an independent and calm dog, accustomed to working alone. She likes to solve tasks assigned to her on her own, without much human help. Dogs of this breed have not lost their territorial instinct and are still excellent watchdogs.
Mahorero willingly accepts his family and shows his love for her. Despite the fact that these dogs have a very strong connection with children, kids should be under supervision when communicating with a pet.
Strangers dogs of this breed ignore or behave aggressively towards them if they feel any danger. One of the main specializations of the dog is protection, so a stranger can be perceived by her as a trespasser. It is possible to smooth out this character trait only through early, long and careful socialization. It is important to show the young mahorero that guests who are welcome by the owner are not dangerous (for example, they can give treats to the dog when they meet).
The Mahorero has a very stubborn and independent nature, making it a difficult breed to train. Teaching your dog basic commands will take a lot of time and patience. However, even if the pet learns these commands, he can simply ignore them. At the same time, the breed was bred for the protection and grazing of livestock, and mahorero dogs will cope with these functions even without special training.
Mahorero does not require scrupulous care. It is enough to comb it out once a week and wash it as it gets dirty. Dog ears require more care. They do not allow air to enter the channels, so that the water that gets into the ears and the wax secreted does not dry out, which can lead to the development of an infection. To avoid this, the ears should be regularly wiped and cleaned of excess hairs.
Like most purebred large dogs, the Mahorero is prone to hip dysplasia. Unfortunately, this disease cannot be cured, but its development can be stopped, and the pain of symptoms can be reduced by therapy.
Conditions of detention
Mahorero does not get along well with other animals and often shows aggression. For this reason, it must be walked exclusively in a muzzle and on a leash. Also, don’t get any other pets.
Mahorero does not need a very large amount of physical activity, but due to its large size it is not recommended to keep it in a city apartment.