Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Spain Other Names Catalonian Shepherd, Gos d' Atura Catala Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 3-6 Puppies Breed Group Group 1 - Sheepdogs - FCI
Breed Appearance Long and limp and a little curled. Seen from
the distance the dog seems to be unicolor and may have lighter
shadings at the extremities. Seen close up, it is noticeable that
the color comes from the mixture of hairs of different tones : fawn,
brown more or less reddish, grey and black. Long, flat, or very
slightly wavy, rough with abundant undercoat on the whole of the
posterior third of the body. On the head we notice a beard,
moustaches, tuft and eyebrows which do not affect the sight. Tail
well covered with hair as are all the extremities. It is noticeable
that during the moult we observe a typical phenomenon : the moult
occurs in two times. First of all it affects the coat on the front
part, giving the impression of two halves of dogs with different
coats; then it is the turn of the hind part of the dog and
everything becomes uniform again.
Breed Description Head: Strong, slightly convex.
Pronounced stop. Straight, short forehead. Cone-shaped muzzle. Ears: Set on high. Fine leather. Drop, triangular ending in a
point. Cropped ears are acceptable for working dogs. Eyes: Round. Dark amber eyes. Black rims. Body: Strong with length being slightly greater than height.
Deep chest. Ribs well sprung. Straight back. Powerful, slightly
sloped croup. Tail: Attached low. Long or short (maximum length 10 cm). Some
varieties are naturally tailless. Docked tail is permitted for
working dogs. Hangs in a hook when relaxed. Richly clad with hair. Hair: Long, flat, and rough. Thick undercoat. Full beard,
mustache, forelock, and fall. Seasonal shedding occurs in two
stages, beginning with the front half of the body, followed by the
back half of the body. Coat: Color created by a mixture of hairs of various shades –
fawn, reddish-brown, gray, black, and white. The base colors are
fawn, gray, and sable. Size: Dog: 47 to 55 cm.Bitch: 45 to 53 cm. Weight: Dog: approx. 18 kg.Bitch: approx. 16 kg.
History This breed came from Catalonia, Spain. It is
presumed that he is descended from the ancient Pyrenees sheepdogs.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Catalan Sheepdog served as
messenger and sentry.
Behavior The Catalan Sheepdog is courageous,
intelligent, and energetic. His greatest traits shine through when
herding; not only is he obedient to the commands of his handler, but
he often takes the initiative, directing the sheep with remarkable
ease. This brave, alert breed also makes an excellent guard dog. As
a pet, he is loyal and gentle with children. This breed is well
adapted to living outdoors.
Health Catalan sheepdogs are prone to hip dysplasia.
Advice While this dog can live indoors, he needs a lot
of exercise. Daily brushing is required.
Function Sheepdog (guard and herder), Guard Dog, Police
Dog, Agility Dog, Pet.