Catalan Shepherd

Other names: Gos d’Atura Català, Berger de Catalogne, Perro de Pastor Catalan, Catalan Sheepdog

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The Catalan Shepherd is a medium-sized dog with a muscular body. It gives off strength. Dog with long and slightly wavy hair, the Catalan Shepherd has a rustic appearance. He is an excellent sheepdog, endowed with appreciable intelligence. He is vigilant, alert. Over the years, he has also developed into a perfect companion dog. In particular, he is very loyal to his master. He will defend his task against anything and everything. He can sometimes be seen as anti-social towards strangers. Excellent playmate for children. He is gentle and accepts the presence of his fellows. Little more: he barks little.



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Hair type Long
Origin Spain
Template Average
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 16 kg From 45 cm to 53 cm
Male From 17 kg to 18 kg From 47 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

Originally from the Catalan Pyrenees, the Catalan Shepherd probably comes from the cross between the Bergamo Shepherd and other local dog breeds , with characteristics that lend themselves more to the climatic and topographical specificities of the region. He quickly established himself with the shepherds and pastors of Catalonia for whom he ensured the tasks of leading and guarding the herds.

The number of Catalan Shepherds subsequently declined over the last century, before a marked resurgence of interest in the breed observed in the early 1970s. Its first standard was established in Spain in 1929. The breed of the Catalan Shepherd was definitively recognized by the FCI on November 30, 1954.

Catalan Shepherd Pictures

Photo of I am Guapa, Catalan ShepherdPhoto of Nouk, Catalan ShepherdPhoto of Boléro, Catalan ShepherdPhoto of Cléo, Catalan ShepherdPhoto of Looping, Berger Catalan

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Physical features

His hair: rough in texture, long, flat or slightly wavy. Characteristic presence of beard, mustache, tuft at the top of the head and eyebrows, but the latter do not obstruct the sight of the dog.
Its color: unicolour, but made up of a mixture of shades: fawn, reddish brown, gray, white and black. Shades lighter at the ends. Some dogs may also have a black and tan coat.
Its head: strong, slightly rounded at the base, well proportioned, with a skull less broad than long and well developed frontal sinuses, as well as well marked superciliary arches. The stop is clearly visible, without being too pronounced.
Its ears: triangular in shape, thin, set high, mobile, pointed at their end, drooping and close to the head. They have fringes.
His eyes: round, wide open, dark amber in color, displaying an expression of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: slightly elongated, strong, agile, with the withers well extended, the back straight and slightly raised at the croup, the large and well-developed chest and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: set low, of variable length (less than 10 cm at a length exceeding the hock), hanging at rest, forming a hook in its lower part. Lifted in action, without curling up on the back. Generously lined with hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Catalan Shepherd is a dog naturally gifted at leading and guarding herds . He always shows spirit and initiative at work. Intelligent, very loyal and gentle with children , he is an excellent family dog. The Catalan Shepherd Dog is also particularly vigilant and suspicious of strangers. This dog with a very beautiful coat has a simpler character than its cousin, the Pyrenean Shepherd . He needs to feel loved and useful by his adoptive family. This dog knows how to take initiatives. He excels in guarding and monitoring since he is particularly vigilant .

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Intelligent and attentive to his master , the Catalan Shepherd Dog is not a difficult dog to train, as long as it is done with the necessary firmness. The Catalan Shepherd is calm, thoughtful . He listens to what is asked of him and, as a result, education will be even more simplified. You just have to be careful to show patience , a little firmness . His ability to understand will do the rest. Do not hesitate to socialize him from an early age so that he reduces his degree of mistrust towards strangers.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Catalan Shepherd Dog is compatible with all family situations , especially those involving children. However, he is much happier in a house with a garden than in an apartment. In either case, he needs a master who is available and can offer him frequent outings.

His origins make him a tireless dog, endowed with great resistance to effort and very enduring. He will never balk at a family walk or jogging. What is more, it tolerates temperature variations and cold very well. He doesn’t like loneliness.


Ease of gaining weight

The Catalan Shepherd is a rustic and resistant dog. It tolerates difficult climatic conditions quite well , whether it is cold or heat. In addition, there is no particular predisposition to any affection in this breed. Like all dogs of a certain size, its growth should be monitored during its first years of life, so that its cartilage is well preserved.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Catalan Shepherd is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Catalan Shepherd is subject to a moult , the course of which is quite surprising. This is carried out in 2 phases: first the hairs of the anterior part of the body, then those of the posterior part. At the end of the first phase, the dog gives the impression that his coat is divided into 2 distinct halves. Once the 2nd phase is finished, the dress becomes uniform again. Brushing should be done more frequently in the 1st phase. And for good reason, it is necessary to maintain an abundant undercoat . On the other hand, after 2 years, the Catalan Shepherd can be satisfied with a weekly brushing. Either way, its messy look will stand up to the smartest brushes.

It is recommended to brush the dog several times a week , or even daily during the moulting period. Baths are not necessary as long as it is regularly brushed. In addition, like all dogs with floppy ears , they should be cleaned regularly to avoid infection.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Catalan Shepherd is between 800 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,200
1300 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Catalan Shepherd is between 1200 € and 1300 €.

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The Catalan Shepherd is satisfied with a frugal diet . In fact, he does not necessarily appreciate fat and too rich food. This dog has the particularity of staying dry. No human food is accepted. This dog eats exclusively high quality kibble .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Nature lover, the Catalan Shepherd has an imperative need for sport during his life . Daily, he will have to run and exercise to avoid getting too fat. He is eager for outings, walks or even jogging in the company of his master.


Classifications & Standards
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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