Catalan Sheepdog

Also known as the Gos D’Atura, the Catalan Sheepdog forms part of the hard working and intelligent pastoral group of dogs.

Catalan Sheepdog breed group

Pastoral

Size of the Catalan Sheepdog

Medium

Country of Origin

Spain

Catalan Sheepdog through history

The Catalan Sheepdog was used to herd and protect flocks of sheep in its native Spain.

Catalan Sheepdog temperament

The Catalan is a lively, bubbly and friendly dog. It is intelligent and excels at many dog pursuits such as agility and doggy dancing. The breed is easy to train and always eager to please and learn something new. Like all Sheepdogs, the Catalan can be protective over its home and food. It is normally patient and good natured towards children and adults. It can be wary of strangers and makes a good guard dog around the home. The Catalan is usually friendly and sociable with other dogs, but care should be taken with cats and other smaller family pets.

Colour varieties of the Catalan Sheepdog

The Catalan comes in a handful of colours that include:

  • Black & Tan
  • Fawn
  • Grey
  • Sable

Size and weight of the Catalan Sheepdog

Height bitch 45-53cms

Height dog 47-55cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 17-21kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-25kgs

Exercise requirements of the Catalan Sheepdog

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead.

Is the Catalan Sheepdog a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the Catalan is intelligent and easy to train and a practical size for most family homes.

Catalan Sheepdog coat length

Long. There is a short haired variety of the Catalan Sheepdog, but is extremely rare and believed to be close to extinction.

Grooming requirements of the Catalan Sheepdog

Medium. The long non-shedding coat requires brushing through with a soft slicker brush to remove any matts or tangles.

Hypoallergenic

Yes. The Catalan does not shed, therefore may be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Catalan Sheepdog

The Catalan is generally a fit and healthy dog with few inherited health issues, but new owners should consult their breeder about the following conditions that have been found in the breed:

  • Hip dsyplasia
  • Dental problems
  • Patellar luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Glaucoma

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Catalan Sheepdog

A healthy Catalan can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

Approximate Catalan Sheepdog pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay from £1,000 upwards for a Catalan Sheepdog and be aware that available litters of puppies are few and far between. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 3-6 puppies in the average litter. Only 38 Catalan Sheepdog puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Catalan Sheepdog would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs will require around 283gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 25kgs will require around 330gms of complete dry food daily.

A bitch weighing 20kgs will cost around £7.00 per week to feed.

A dog weighing 25kgs will cost around £8.00 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment