Catalan Shepherd Dog

Gos d'Atura Català, Catalan Sheepdog, Perro de Pastor Catalan

This sympathetic doggie with a shaggy look is not very well known outside the borders of his country. You have to go to Spain to find a quality specimen. The Spanish breedings are quite developed and produce quality dogs contrary to other European countries where he is little known and where it is difficult to find a puppy. He is more of a sporty type and loves games but he is also a dog who knows how to behave and will obey his shepherd or master but will not hesitate to intervene in case of danger. The Catalan Shepherd Dog deserves to be discovered as well as his breed, in order to prosper outside the borders of Spain.

Height 45 to 55 cm
Weight 16 to 26 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Hair Loss Medium
Excercise Need High
Home country Spain

Quick Overview of the Catalan Shepherd Dog


  • Dedicated and calm
  • Autonomous and intelligent
  • Persevering and vigilant
  • Awake and energetic


  • Longer than tall
  • Beautiful harmonious constitution
  • Messy figure and fur
  • Disheveled gait


  • Very robust and hardy
  • No particular pathology
  • Rarely ill
  • Generally in excellent health

Temperament of the Catalan Shepherd Dog

Dedicated, calm, independent, intelligent, persevering, alert and energetic are all qualities that describe this friendly dog. His biggest fault is the lack of sociability with strangers.

His intelligence, sense of family and endearing character are all integrated features of his personality.

Very good guardian, he can be employed for utility functions without any problem. His perseverance and courage are whole.

Very gentle with everyone, he tends to always watch over and protect his own, whether they are sheep or human beings.

Excellent herd keeper, he will bring the little stragglers back to the herd and will protect them against all potential dangers.

He does not particularly like intruders and socialization must be instilled in him at a very young age. His education must be firm but gentle because he hates any form of brutality.

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Breed Appearance

Catalan shepherd

A little longer than tall, the Catalan Shepherd Dog is medium to small size. With a beautiful, harmonious constitution, his silhouette with a messy coat gives the impression of a disheveled and very friendly doggie.


Between 47 and 55 cm (18.50 to 21.65 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 53 cm (17.72 to 20.87 inches) for the female


Between 18 and 26 kg (39.68 to 57.32 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 20 kg (35.27 to 44.09 pounds) for the female


His coat looks, from a distance, to be a single color with lighter varieties of tints on the limbs. Closer up, you can see that the color is conveyed by the multiple colors of his tight hair, including brown more or less red, grey, biscuit, black and white.


His hair can be short, long, wavy or smooth, depending on the variety.


His strong head is wide and its stop is not very pronounced, but clearly visible. His expressive eyes are a beautiful dark amber color. His triangular, hanging ears are set high. His nose is black. His rather long tail is low, and some dogs are born without a tail.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 1, section 1 and is #87

Characteristics of the Catalan Shepherd Dog

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Catalan Shepherd Dog puppy: between 800 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1000 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Catalan Shepherd Dog: 100 € / $ 1 / £1
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

Tips About this breed

Easy to educate and train, the Catalan Shepherd Dog can live just about anywhere. A simple and rustic life will entirely satisfy him.

He can live outside as well as inside but he loves the company of humans, so the comfort of home suits him perfectly.

It is better to not leave him alone outside, attached to a chain because he will be very unhappy. He can't stand being tied up.

An excellent guardian and defender, the Catalan Shepherd Dog loves to play with children and his intelligence allows him to know when to do so and when to be calm.

His courage and stamina allow him to herd cattle regardless of the weather and difficulties. He never hesitates and always seeks to protect his sheep.

Health of the Catalan Shepherd Dog

Very robust, this hardy dog has no particular pathology and is rarely sick. His health is generally excellent. He also enjoys a good life expectancy.


During the first two years of his canine life, he will have to be brushed in a very regular way. When he is young, brushing is necessary to avoid excessive shearing due to the inextricable knots.

Once the puppy's hair has changed, a monthly brushing will be more than enough. No other care is necessary.

A very special thing about the Catalan Shepherd, no matter how much he is brushed and how well it's done, he always looks like a scruffy doggy.

History of this breed

The Catalan Shepherd Dog is nowadays one of the most widespread breeds of Iberian shepherds in all areas of Catalonia. This Catalan dog has practically no official data recorded anywhere.

For a long time, he has lived in almost total isolation and probably comes from the primitive oriental breeds, them being the ancestors of the majority of shepherd dogs.

As a herd keeper, this working dog used extensively as a companion dog today excels in one or the other of these two tasks. He can guard sheep as well as goods and property of his loved ones. Above all, he is a duty dog who takes his responsibilities very seriously.

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