Pastor Garafiano

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Canary Islands, Spain
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Garafiano Shepherd Dog
Garafiano Sheepdog
La Palma Sheepdog
La Palma Canary Shepherd
Perro Garafiano
The Pastor Garafiano is a breed of dog native to La Palma, Canary Islands. The name comes from the north of the island, specifically from the municipality of Garafía, for being the place where the breed was most common, although there are specimens all over the island. The breed was officially recognized by Spain's Royal Canine Society in 2003. These docile, protective dogs are not known for their aggression.

Since its origins, it has been associated with grazing, an activity for which it shows particular aptitudes, although it has become very important as a companion animal.

For a time, the breed was on the verge of extinction due to interbreeding with other breeds. Successive crossbreeding, especially from the 1960s onwards with other breeds of sheepdog, demonstrated the need to work for their recovery and selection from the few pure specimens of the breed kept by the island's shepherds. To prevent this disappearance, the Working Group for the Recovery of the Garafiano Sheepdog was created, which would become the Spanish Garafiano Sheepdog Association. The association's objectives include development, censuses, the creation of breeding nuclei, participation in dog shows and fairs, etc.

The breed has been featured in the samples of native breeds celebrated in the Canary Islands, as well as in international shows held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Ethnology Department of the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has carried out several studies on the breed, which were presented at the Native Breeds Symposium held in Cordoba in March 1992.

The breed's future looks promising, given the growing interest in these animals, not only by shepherds but also by people looking for an animal companion.

This differentiated canine population originated in the Garafía region on the island of La Palma, where it was used by shepherds to herd goats. For this reason, the animal thrives in steep, rocky areas.

It has very homogeneous characteristics, as only functional selection has been carried out. Its main suitability is for grazing goats and sheep on steep terrain, due to the geographical characteristics of La Palma. Its origins date back to pre-Hispanic times, although crossbreeding with other breeds after the conquest contributed to the development of the Garafiano shepherd.

Similar lupoid, medium to moderately longilineo proportions, well balanced, medium to large size. Croup slightly higher than that of the transverse collar rather short and weak compared to the head of the body.

They usually weigh between 28 and 35 kg for males and between 24 and 30 kg for females.

The height at the withers of males is between 57 and 64 cm, while that of older females is between 55 and 62 cm. These figures have now changed, and the normal height is 60 to 70 cm for males and 55 to 65 cm for females.

The head is conical, small in relation to the body, the forehead slightly convex, highlighting ears with an advanced spread. They may also appear pricked, then there is a tendency to keep them folded at a stimulus, showing their inner side. The nose is always black. The almond-shaped brown eyes are oblique. The lips are short and collected. The bite is pincer-like. The stop is soft and very pronounced.

The legs are strong, well positioned and well proportioned. Sometimes they have spurs, which are generally double and some implanted.

The coat is fawn or alobada. Puppies are born brown, changing color as they mature, in some cases appearing white hairs or patches on chest, toes or tip of tail, but generally disappearing as they grow.

Hair is abundant and of varying length. Sometimes it's soft, while in other cases it's rough. Usually accumulates at the base of the ear, neck, skirts, tail and leg edges. The tail is usually densely populated with hair like a saber being slightly curved, but never on the back.

The Garafian Shepherd's character is docile and friendly. When meeting strangers, he displays a typical attitude: barking, folding his ears, wagging his tail and turning his head to show the corner of his mouth-shaped smile. He is calm and peaceful in appearance, but becomes active while engaged in physical activity.

No comments

The latest updated breeds

  • Cymric

    Cymric Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Cymric is a cat breed from the Isle of Man (British Isles). This cat is the semi-long-haired variety of the Manx, which has the particularity of not having a tail. A brief historical overview Like the Manx, the Cymric originated on the British Isle of Man. As the island's cat population was...
  • Colorpoint shorthair

    Colorpoint shorthair Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Colorpoint Shorthair is a cat breed originally from Thailand. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its colorpoint coat and blue eyes. A brief historical overview The origins of the Colorpoint Shorthair are the same as those of the Siamese, since it is the same breed.The breed is said to...
  • Chantilly

    Chantilly Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Chantilly is a semi-long-haired cat breed created in the United States in the 1960s from two kittens of undetermined breed. On the brink of extinction in the 1980s, breeding was revived in Canada. The breed remains very rare and is only recognized by a few North American federations, mostly on an...
  • California Spangled

    California Spangled Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Californian Spangled is a breed of cat native to the United States. This endangered cat is characterized by its leopard-like spotted tabby coat. A brief historical overview Paul Casey, an American screenwriter, created the breed in 1970. He had just returned from a trip to Africa and wanted a...
  • Brazilian shorthair

    Brazilian shorthair Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Brazilian shorthair, also known as the Pelo Curto Brasileiro, is a breed of cat native to Brazil. This medium-sized cat is characterized by the fact that it is the first internationally recognized Brazilian breed and is extremely rare. Standard The current standard published by the...
  • Japanese Bobtail

    Japanese Bobtail Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Japanese Bobtail is a breed of cat native to Japan. This cat is characterized by its short, curled tail. A brief historical overview The breed, when tortoiseshell and white, is known as the Mi-ké (three hairs = three colors) in its native Japan, where it is considered a symbol of...
  • Kuril Bobtail

    Kuril Bobtail Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Kuril Bobtail is a cat breed from the Kuril Islands in Russia. This cat is characterized by its very short pom-pom tail, the result of a natural mutation. The breed exists in shorthair and longhair varieties. A brief historical overview This natural breed originated on the Kuril Islands, on the...
  • Russian blue

    Russian blue Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Russian Blue or Russian is a cat breed with controversial origins, usually considered a natural breed that originated in cold countries such as Russia and Scandinavia. Often described as a calm breed that is very attached to its master, the Russian Blue is well suited to life in an...
  • Balinais

    Balinais Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Balinais is a cat breed that originated in the United States. This medium-sized cat is the semi-long-haired variety of the Siamese. Standard The French standard specifies that the Balinais, although fine, must not be too thin. A brief historical overview The Balinais is the semi-long-haired variety...
  • Australian mist

    Australian mist Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Australian Mist, also known as the Spotted Mist, is a breed of cat native to Australia. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its short-haired coat with a spotted tabby or blotched tabby pattern. A brief historical overview The origins of the Australian Mist go back to the late 1970s,...
  • Anatoli

    Anatoli Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Anatoli, also known as the Anatolian shorthair or Turkish shorthair, is a cat breed of Turkish origin. It is the short-haired variety of the Van Turk. Standard The Anatoli is said to be a natural Turkish breed, like the Van Turk and Turkish Angora. The Anatoli was recognized by the WCF in 2001. A...
  • Californian rex

    Californian rex Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Californian Rex is a breed of cat native to the United States. This cat is characterized by its wavy, semi-longhair coat. It is the semi-long-haired variety of the Cornish Rex. A brief historical overview As its name suggests, this variety was discovered in California in the 1960s.Today, it...
  • Cornish rex

    Cornish rex Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Cornish rex, also known as the Cornish rex, is a breed of cat native to the United Kingdom. This cat is characterized by its very short, notched, soft coat. A brief historical overview The Cornish rex, originally from Great Britain, is the result of spontaneous mutation. The breed's founder...
  • Chausie

    Chausie Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Chausie is a breed of cat native to the United States. This cat is characterized by its Chaus-like physique. A brief historical overview The Chausie is the result of hybridization between a Chaus and a domestic cat. The first crosses were made in the late 1960s to produce a cat with a wild type...
  • Chartreux

    Chartreux Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Chartreux, also known as the Chartreux cat, is a breed of cat native to France. This cat is characterized by gold-to-copper eyes and a short, full coat that is entirely blue. A brief historical overview The Chartreux is one of the oldest natural cat breeds in the world. It is thought to have...
  • Ceylan

    Ceylan Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The Ceylan is a cat breed originally from Sri Lanka. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its ticked tabby shorthair. A brief historical overview It was an Italian, Dr. Paolo Pellegatta, who in 1984 discovered half-wild ticked cats (like the Abyssin) in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylan). With the help of the...
  • British longhair

    British longhair Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The British longhair is a breed of cat that originated in England. This medium to large cat is the semi-long-haired variety of the British shorthair. A brief historical overview The British longhair is a direct descendant of the British shorthair, and their history was identical until the...
  • British shorthair

    British shorthair Translation Francis Vandersteen Origin The British shorthair is a breed of cat that originated in Great Britain. This medium to large cat is characterized by its very round head and large, round eyes. A brief historical overview At the same time, English breeders such as H. Weir selected the most beautiful alley cats, which were...