By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 18th October 2022

Catalan Sheepdog


Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 18th October 2022

The Catalan Sheepdog is a very ancient and rare breed of herding dogs that developed in Catalonia (North-East Spain), during the establishment of the Roman Empire. They have a medium to a small body covered entirely with medium to long hair (including the face, except the eyes, unlike other sheepdogs), sporting full beards and mustaches that give them a funny look. The head is round with floppy ears, button eyes, a dark muzzle, while the body is sturdy and fit ending in a short, hairy tail. This breed has been used in different police works and security services.

Catalan Sheepdog Pictures

Quick Description

Also known asGos D’Atura Catal, Catalan Shepherd
CoatFlat, long, wavy
ColorsBlack, Brown, Fawn, Grey, Sable
TypeHerding Dog, Livestock Guardian Dog, Companion Dog
Group (of Breed)Purebred
Lifespan/Expectancy12-14 years
Weight35–45 pounds (male and female)
Height (size)Medium to Small;
Males: 19–22 inches;
Females: 18–21 inches
Personality TraitsLoyal, affectionate, intelligent, alert, protective
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with PetsYes
Country of OriginSpain
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationFCI, KC (UK), UKC
Breed Standards (FCI)

Video: Catalan Sheepdog Puppies Playing

History & Development

The Catalan Sheepdog developed during the time when the Roman Empire began to flourish between 200 and 100 BC. The livestock guard dogs that the Romans brought with them were made to cross with the local Catalan dogs, thus developing the first line of the Catalan Sheepdog breed.

Gradually, these dogs spread all across Europe and became particularly popular in the Catalonia region, Spain. During the civil war in Spain, these animals were often used as guards, as well as for carrying messages.

However, their population gradually began to dwindle after the World War II. With this decline, breed enthusiasts came forward to their rescue in the 1970s, eventually succeeding in preventing them from disappearing altogether.

Temperament and Behavior

Catalan Sheepdogs are high-spirited, cheerful and sweet-natured dogs that would make you adore them. With a strong herding instinct, they would take care of the kids and even other pets in the family. They are intelligent and can pick up training very quickly. They make perfect family dogs and would guard its home from intruders.



House with an open yard is suitable for these fun-loving dogs. Keep its leash open at least once every day, while it plays around the yard. You should also take it out for daily walks (twice a day).


They have a double coat. Brush it 3-4 times every week to make sure you don’t allow the silky hair to get tangled or catch dirt.

Health Problems

As a rare breed, nothing is specifically known about any health issues. However, there have been a few reports of hip dysplasia, which is common to many other breeds of its stature.


  • As a herding dog, these canids have an inborn instinct to defend and guard. Make sure, this protective instinct does not end up in possessiveness. Try not to let your dog feel neglected, since this might eventually lead to separation anxiety, and resultantly instigate it more to guard its space. At the same time, do not let your pup get too attached and dependable on you. Give enough time to your dog; play with it along with your kids for an hour or two every day, but also keep a few hours in hand to let it play on its own.
  • This breed excels in dog sports and agility. Teach your dog some tricks, like walking on two legs. For that, begin by holding a treat up, a little behind its head and say Spin or Dance. To get the treat, your puppy will try standing up on its two hind legs. Move the treat slowly, in a straight line to make your dog start walking on two legs. Repeat the process frequently with and without food. Your dog will soon learn your hand gesture and learn to walk like that as and when you raise your hand.


On an average, an adult Catalan Sheepdog would need almost 2½ cups of dry dog kibbles per day divided into two balanced meals.

Interesting Facts

  • Cobi, the Catalan Sheepdog, was the mascot of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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