You will never forget their sweet and full smiles.
Active and intelligent dogs that require lots of mental and physical stimulation.
They are friendly and loyal to their own family but can be wary of strangers.
This breed may do well in dog sports particularly agility and obedience, which makes good use of their intelligence and energy.
Can be affectionate with children and often make a good family dog with careful supervision.
Did You Know?
As its name would suggest, the Catalan Shepherd, also known as Perro De Pastor Catalán or Gos d’Atura Català, originates from Northeast Spain in Catalona, where they were bred to work with shepherds, guarding and herding livestock. As the story goes, the breed was developed when dogs brought to Spain by the Romans were crossed with the native Catalan dogs. These unique and still relatively rare dogs were used in the Spanish Civil War as messengers and sentry dogs. While their popularity was on the decline after World War II, since the 1970s selective breeding programs have led to their gaining in number once again. Especially popular in their native Spain, German, Swedish and Finnish owners seem to have an affinity for the breed as the numbers in these countries continue to grow. The Catalonian Sheepdog was recognised by the United Kennel Club in 2006 and three years later was recognised by the Kennel Club, where it was added to the import register, classified as a working dog.
Once you’ve laid eyes on a Catalan Shepherd you will never forget their sweet and full smiles. A luxurious straight or slightly wavy double coat of sable, fawn or grey is usually mixed with reddish brown, black or white. There are two varieties of the Catalan Shepherd—a long and short-coated—however the latter is extremely rare.
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