Catalan Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Catalan Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSpain flagSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Catalan Sheepdog have?
Catalan sheepdogCatalan shepherdAtura Català
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Catalan Sheepdog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Catalan Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Catalan Sheepdog?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Catalan Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Catalan Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Catalan Sheepdog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Catalan Sheepdog? How many Catalan Sheepdog are there in the world?
Average: The Catalan Sheepdog is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Catalan Sheepdog Size

Size
Is a Catalan Sheepdog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Catalan Sheepdog get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Catalan Sheepdog weigh? How much should the Catalan Sheepdog breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Catalan Sheepdog?
Male: 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 37-46 pounds (17-21 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Catalan Sheepdog?
Male: 49.5 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height
How tall is the Catalan Sheepdog? Catalan Sheepdog height:
Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Catalan Sheepdog?
Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm)

Catalan Sheepdog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Catalan Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
RoughWavyThickShaggy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Catalan Sheepdog's coat?
FawnRedBrownGraySableBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Catalan Sheepdog and how often?
Average: The Catalan Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Catalan Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Catalan Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Catalan sheepdog?
Catalan Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Catalan Sheepdog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Catalan Sheepdog every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Catalan Sheepdog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Catalan Sheepdog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileProtectiveIntelligentTrainableLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Catalan Sheepdog? Is the Catalan Sheepdog breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Catalan Sheepdog ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Catalan Sheepdogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Catalan Sheepdog sensitivity:
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Catalan Sheepdog a good family dog?
High: Catalan Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Catalan sheepdog need? Catalan Sheepdog social needs:
Catalan Sheepdogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Catalan Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Catalan sheepdog bark?
Low to Average: The Catalan Sheepdog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Catalan Sheepdog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Catalan Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Catalan Sheepdog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Catalan Sheepdog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Catalan Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Catalan Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Catalan sheepdog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Catalan Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Catalan Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Catalan Sheepdog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Catalan Sheepdog? How much bite force does a Catalan Sheepdog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Catalan Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Catalan Sheepdog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Catalan Sheepdog do?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Catalan Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Catalan Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Catalan Sheepdog roam?
Catalan Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Catalan Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Catalan Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Catalan Sheepdog indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Catalan Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Catalan Sheepdog be left alone?
Catalan Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Catalan Sheepdog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Catalan Sheepdog temperament with other people:
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Catalan Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Catalan Sheepdog temperament with children:
Catalan Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Catalan Sheepdog breed live with a cat?
Catalan Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Catalan Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs?
Catalan Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Catalan Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Catalan Sheepdog breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Catalan Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Catalan Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Catalan Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdogs be office dogs?
No
Catalan Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Catalan sheepdog temperament with senior people? Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Catalan Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Catalan Sheepdog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Catalan Sheepdog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Catalan Sheepdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Catalan Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Catalan Sheepdog breed? Most common health risks of Catalan Sheepdog:
DeafnessDental ProblemsEpilepsyGlaucomaHip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Catalan Sheepdog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Catalan Sheepdog see the vet?
Frequent
The Catalan Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Catalan Sheepdog dogs live? How old can a Catalan Sheepdog be? What is the age limit of the Catalan Sheepdog? How many years can the oldest Catalan Sheepdog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Catalan Sheepdog?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Catalan Sheepdog: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Catalan Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Catalan Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Catalan Sheepdog have? What is the activity level of the Catalan Sheepdog?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Catalan Sheepdog need? How much exercise do Catalan Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Catalan Sheepdog breed need?
Catalan Sheepdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Catalan Sheepdog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Catalan Sheepdog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Catalan Sheepdog? How much food should I feed my Catalan Sheepdog?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Catalan Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Catalan Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Catalan Sheepdog's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Catalan Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Catalan Sheepdog drool?
The Catalan Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Catalan Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Catalan Sheepdog.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Catalan Sheepdog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Catalan Sheepdog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a boat dog?

Not really

Catalan Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Catalan Sheepdog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Catalan Sheepdog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Catalan Sheepdog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Catalan Sheepdog breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Catalan Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Catalan Sheepdog have in a litter? How many puppies can the Catalan Sheepdog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Catalan Sheepdog have? How many puppies can a Catalan Sheepdog give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Catalan Sheepdog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Catalan Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Catalan Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Catalan Sheepdog breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

Catalan Sheepdog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Catalan Sheepdogs are very easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Catalan Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Catalan Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Catalan Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Catalan Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Catalan Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Catalan Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Catalan Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Catalan Sheepdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Catalan Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Catalan Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Catalan Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Catalan Sheepdog History

Origins

As the name implies, the Catalan Sheepdog, also known as Perro De Pastor Catalán or Gos d’Atura Català, hails from Northeast Spain in Catalonia. Catalan Sheepdogs are regarded to be an ancient breed, resulting from the crossbreeding of the local Pyrenees and Catalan dogs with two different types of Roman dogs, one for herding cattle and the other for guarding them. The offspring of these dogs are thought to be the earliest ancestors of today’s Catalan Sheepdog as well as a variety of other similar breeds prevalent throughout the region. According to legend, Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Emperor of the Romans from 800, was accompanied everywhere he went by his two large, long-haired black dogs. As tapestries from the 8th and 12th centuries show him with these dogs, many people believe that when Charlemagne moved southwards his two dogs mated with the local dogs and that the Catalan Sheepdogs are all descendants of those offspring.

The breed’s job

The Catalan Sheepdog is considered one of the most versatile dogs due to its extended history of use for a number of activities. The breed, like others in the region, such as the Great Pyrenees, was bred to guard and defend livestock. Some people argue that their guarding instinct is so strong that they will automatically guard flocks once introduced to the environment, and if they don’t have one, they will treat their home and family as such, maintaining a constant lookout for danger from the vantage point of their yard. It should come as no surprise that they make excellent watchdogs, but their general agility may surprise people. These dogs immediately became popular in Spain because of their great intellect and overall flexibility, and they were even employed as both messengers and sentinels during the Spanish Civil War. It has been described in Spanish literature as having excellent herding abilities as well as the courage to serve as an outstanding guard dog. Moreover, despite their ponderous appearance, they are actually highly athletic and often do quite well with skills and agility training. They are also known for being excellent show dogs due to their surprisingly simple training. Unlike some of its regional relatives, they are much more social and are more prone to create close ties with their families.

Decline and resurrection

Unfortunately, the number of dogs dropped substantially after the Second World War. Some were destroyed, others rarely bred. At that time, food and supplies became limited, and many owners were more concerned with survival than breeding. Furthermore, a lot of farms closed during the 1950s and 1960s, and people moved from the countryside to work in cities, reducing demand for the Catalan Sheepdog’s skills which resulted in just a few dogs being left. However, in 1970 a group of breeders got together to try and regenerate the breed. Shepherds were brought in with the remaining specimens and vigorous breeding began. Today, the Catalan Sheepdog is still considered an uncommon breed, but thanks to the efforts of committed breeders, the breed’s popularity are slowly but steadily increasing, and it is once again being used to drive and tend flocks.

Recognition

The Catalan Sheepdog was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006 and by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in the Sheepdogs and Cattle dogs groups.

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