Category Archive: Carea Leonés

El Pastor Leonés – The Shepherd Dog of Leon

by José Luis Prieto Morán – The Léones Shepherd Dog, or as it is popularly known, the “Carea Leonés,” is a herding dog native to the Old Kingdom of Léon, in northwestern… Continue reading

Flocks of the Mesta

Daily Life in Spain in the Golden Age by Marcelin Defourneaux At the beginning of the seventeenth century the flocks of the Mesta comprised about two million sheep. Each spring, the sheep left… Continue reading

Importance of the Merino

After Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808*1, the entire course of the American sheep industry changed with the arrival of the superfine-wooled Merino. The merino wool was considered the most desirable of all… Continue reading

Herding Dogs in Colonial America

As elsewhere in the world, the introduction of herding dogs in America is closely connected to the growth of the sheep industry. The first sheep (Churras, a meat- and milk-producing breed) came to the… Continue reading

Breeds From a Common Root

What do Carea Leonés: Old German Shepherds: Pyrenean Sheepdogs: Australian Shepherds: and Welsh Sheepdogs: have in common? To find out please visit: Point of Interest: Ramboluillet sheep are the cornerstone of the Western… Continue reading

Carea Leonés

Also known as: Perro de Pastor (Carea), El Pastor Leonés, Carea de Tierra de Campos, El Perro Leonés de Pastor, Origin: Spain Height at shoulder: 17–23 inches (44–58 cm) ‘ Weight: 30–70 pounds… Continue reading