Home of the Catalan Sheepdog is southern Spain.
This is an ancient breed which origin dates back to the times of the Roman Empire. The Romans brought these dogs with them around 200 to 100 BC, when they came to the Iberian Peninsula territories. There were two kinds of dogs, the first one protected the flocks of sheep or prevented enemy attacks. The second one herded the cattle and was ancestor of the Italian Bergamasco Shepherd Dog. Later they were crossed with native Catalan dogs and so the new breed was born.
Today, they are characterized as good police dogs, brave and smart assistants. The breed was officially recognized in 1982.
The Catalan Sheepdog has a height of 47 to 55 cm for males and from 45 to 53 cm for females. The weight range from 20 to 27 kg. The coat is long and can be a different color: from light beige to black, dark gray or light gray.
These dogs have rectangular bodies, well proportioned head and straight muzzle with a black nose. The ears are triangular in shape, hanging close to the dog's head and covered with long hair. They have strong necks and a well built chest. Their tails are set low, forming a hook when they are calm, but raised when they are running.
Character and behavior
Overall, the Catalan Sheepdog is sedated and calm breed, but at the same time they are very active and smart dogs with cute expression and good character. Sometimes they behave somewhat uncommunicative because in the past their main purpose was to keep the flocks. Nowadays, puppies for sale are popular mostly due to this dog's alertness and agility.
Training and education
The breed was created as a shepherd, but is also an excellent companion. These dogs are very intelligent and easily lend themselves to dressage. Therefore, they express themselves successfully in many dog sports (agility, etc.). They need regular exercise. Early socialization is important, especially if the dog will live with children. The Catalan Sheepdog is loyal to his master and tries to please him in every possible way.
Catalan shepherds are healthy dogs, but they often suffer from some issues, including: dental problems, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, glaucoma and patellar luxation. Regular visits to the veterinarian's office are a must as with any other breed, especially when they get older.
The average life expectancy is about 12 - 14 years.
Grooming and care
Apartments are not suitable homes for these dogs as they need more space and a lot of movement to spend their energy. It is best to have a large garden or yard. The Catalan Sheepdog is suitable for active families or farmers. These dogs are susceptible to training and will feel better if they have some work or orders to follow. Their fur needs brushing and ears should be checked regularly to avoid infection. Despite their long and thick coat, they are not affected by cold and heat, and can survive even in extreme weather conditions.
Children and other pets
This dog behaves very well with children and other pets in the family. Because of his strong guarding instincts, he is reserved towards strangers, always on the lookout in such company.
This beautiful breed is an active, hard working dog that loves to be kept busy. They have a strong instinct to guard and protect. They are also known for their loyalty and devotion to the members of the family. They are a great choice for people with kids due to their kind nature.
This breed was chosen to be the mascot of the 1992 Olympic Games. This is not a surprise because these dogs look gorgeous and sporty.