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Catalan Sheepdog

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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding group.


Approximately 16-18 kg.


Approximately 45-55 cm.


Catalan Sheepdogs typically have a mixture of hairs of different colours. Common colours include black, white, grey, fawn, sable, and reddish-brown.


The Catalan Sheepdog has a long, rough coat. This breed also has a thick undercoat, a beard, and moustache.



Catalan Sheepdogs are highly intelligent and clever animals. Gentle with children and loyal to family members, these dogs are wonderful pets as well as excellent herders and guard dogs. Catalan Sheepdogs are also energetic and courageous.

Country of Origin:



The Catalan Sheepdog originated in Catalonia, Spain where it was used as a sheepdog. This breed has been in existence for quite some time and likely descended from the Pyrenees sheepdogs of ancient times. During the Spanish Civil War, this breed was used as a messenger dog and sentry. Today, Catalan Sheepdogs are still used as sheepdogs as well as guard dogs, police dogs, and pets. This breed is a rare in North America and is typically only found in European regions such as Catalonia, Sweden, and Germany.


This breed is named for its place of origin in Catalonia, Spain. Additional names for this breed include Catalonian Shepherd, Gos d'Atura Català, Perro de pastor catalán, and Catalonian Sheepdog.


Catalan Sheepdogs are very obedient dogs and will also work on their own initiative. With a well-balanced temperament, these dogs are calm and quiet companions as long as they receive sufficient exercise and activity.



Catalan Sheepdogs are extremely intelligent and easy to train. These dogs are very obedient to their handlers but can also easily direct sheep on their own initiative without any direction.


These dogs are very active and energetic and require a lot of exercise.


Catalan Sheepdogs can live either indoors or outdoors, but if they are to be kept as indoor pets it's important to ensure that they receive plenty of exercise every day. These gentle and clever dogs are excellent companions and do well in households with children. With their thick, long coats, Catalan Sheepdogs require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling.


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