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Catalan Sheepdog

The Catalan Sheepdog is an attractive, medium-sized breed with a moderately long coat. Hardy, well balanced and slightly longer in the body than they are tall, the Catalan Sheepdog has an attractive, soft expression due to the dropped ears and long hair around the eyes and the beard. The coat is rough and harsh, and of medium length, straight or slightly wavy. A fine, dense undercoat provides insulation from heat or cold.

12 – 14 years
16 – 20kg
47 – 55cm for males, and 45-53cm for females
Comes in fawn, sable and grey of all shades and black with fawn or grey shading
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Catalan Sheepdog breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme


Clever, quick witted and sure of themselves, the Catalan can work livestock by themselves, but at home they are loyal and lovable with family. They take a while to warm up to strangers, and the guarding instinct is still strong, although Catalans prefer to take a watchful eye, rather than react aggressively. Easily capable of excelling in a number of sports, the modern Catalan Sheepdog will be a fun and engaging companion for those interested in dog related competition and activity who are experienced with quick-thinking sensitive dogs.

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History and Origins

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Grooming Catalan Sheepdogs

Training Catalan Sheepdogs

Suitability for Family Life

Did You Know?

  • The Catalan Sheepdog may have been brought to Spain by the Romans when they invaded Spain thousands of years ago. The Romans do seem to have brought rather a lot of dogs with them on their invasions, as they are credited with being responsible for the existence of many breeds!


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