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.
|Also known as||Gos D’Atura Catal, Catalan Shepherd|
|Coat||Flat, long, wavy|
|Colors||Black, Brown, Fawn, Grey, Sable|
|Type||Herding Dog, Livestock Guardian Dog, Companion Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Weight||35–45 pounds (male and female)|
|Height (size)||Medium to Small;
Males: 19–22 inches;
Females: 18–21 inches
|Personality Traits||Loyal, affectionate, intelligent, alert, protective|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||Spain|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||FCI, KC (UK), UKC
Breed Standards (FCI)
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.
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.
On an average, an adult Catalan Sheepdog would need almost 2½ cups of dry dog kibbles per day divided into two balanced meals.