Carea Leonés

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Carea Leonés
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Other names El Pastor Leonés
Leonese Shepherd
Country of origin Spain
Castile and León
Classification / standards
Not recognized by any major kennel club
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Carea Leonés (Leonese Shepherd) is a breed of herding dog from the province of León, Spain (Europe), and is used as a sheepdog. For centuries, they tended flocks of Churra (sheep) in the mountains of León and bordering provinces.[1]


Their coat is smooth and short or moderate length and slightly wavy, and ranges from black to dark liver or merle with white and or tan trim.

Size and weight[edit]

They range in size from 18 to 23 inches (45 cm to 58 cm) and in weight from 30 to 70 pounds (14–32 kg).


This breed is used as a working dog and as a companion. Because of its intelligence, the Carea Leonés, like most sheepdogs, is easy to train.[2]


The Carea Leonés can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Careas exhibiting basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.[2]


When Spain colonized America, they introduced Churra sheep for food and fiber. They also brought their Carea Leonés to manage the huge flocks. These dogs contributed to the type of herding dogs found throughout California and the Southwestern United States including the Australian Shepherd.[3]


  1. ^ Carea Leonés in the Sierras of Castile and León
  2. ^ a b Hartnagle-Taylor, Jeanne Joy; Taylor, Ty (2010). Stockdog Savvy. Alpine Publications. ISBN 978-1-57779-106-5. 
  3. ^ Breeds From A Common Root