Catalan Sheepdog Breed Summary
Fun-loving, Energetic, Protective, Loyal and Intelligent
These dogs are very energetic by nature and originate from the Pyrenees, bred to work with shepherds, both guarding and herding flocks of sheep! More recently though, they have become popular choices of companion dogs and pets.
They are a very intelligent breed and although fairly easy to train, are very independent by nature and many not always obey commands! For this reason, they often do better with owners who have experience handling similar breeds. Their high energy also means they need to be placed in a home where they have lots of space to run around and plenty of walks and exercise.
Fun Fact: They have such fantastic noses, that many are used in search and rescue missions!
|Lifespan||12 - 14 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 19in - 22in, Females 18in - 21in|
|Weight||Males 44lb - 55lb, Females 37lb - 46lb|
|Coat||The Coat is Rough and Moderately Long, it can be either Slightly Wavy or Straight. The Undercoat is Fine and Dense.|
|Color||Black & Tan, Fawn, Gray, Sable|
|Eye color||Dark Amber of Chestnut|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Congenital deafness, Glaucoma, Dental problems, Patellar luxation, Epilepsy|
Catalan Sheepdogs are known for their fun-loving personalities, which makes them excellent family pets. They are also very energetic, more so suiting a family who enjoy physical activities, such as running or swimming! On top of this, they also need lots of walking, to remain fit and healthy. These guys tend to be very protective over their families, which without proper training can turn into ‘over-protection’, so it’s vital to try and soften this trait. However, they would never act aggressively towards anyone. Their weariness and over-protection however does mean, that they make excellent watchdogs. These dog’s intelligence means that they are good dogs for first time owners, as they are easier to train than some other breeds.
These dogs originate from Spain and were first discovered around the time of the Romans, making the Catalan Sheepdog one of the oldest in the world! It’s thought that the Romans introduced two types of dog around the time of 200 B.C. Supposedly, one of these two dogs was crossed with Native Catalan dogs to produce the breed that we know today. These dogs became very popular throughout Spain and were highly prized working dogs by their owners and included both herding and guarding. They were even used during the Spanish Civil War to carry messages and guard. However, the onset of WW2 saw numbers of the breed decline until they almost vanished. But in the 70’s, enthusiasts of the breed began a breeding programme to ensure their survival. Even to this day, they are an extremely rare breed but with continuous breeding, it’s hoped the breed will be able to slowly increase!