Raised in Spain and developed from the Pyrenees dog, the origin of the Catalan Sheepdog can be drawn from as far as the 200 BC. The Romans had brought two distinct dogs with them, one for herding and the other for guarding. These dogs mixed with the local ones and hence the Catalan Sheepdog was created. It had both herding and protecting capabilities, which is why it became famous in the whole country. They were instrumental in the civil war as they sent messages and acted as watchdogs. After the World War II, their population took a hit as there were only a few breeders interested in the job. But after some years, they were revived and got recognition from English and Spanish Kennel Clubs. In 1992, they became Spain’s official mascot for the Olympics.
|Facts About Catalan Sheepdog|
|Breed Group||Livestock guarding, herding, and companion dog|
|Country of Origin||Spain|
|Other Names||Catalan Shepherd, Gos D’Atura Catal|
|Size & Height||16-20 inches|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||UKC, FCI|
|Colour||Brown, Grey, Sable, Black, Fawn|
|Life Expectancy||10-15 years|
|Coat||Shaggy and long|
Temperament & Personality
These dogs are playful, intelligent and active dogs who love being with their family. Their protective instincts make them excellent watchdogs, and they alert the owner if they sense something strange. It is always suspicious of strangers and remains careful in front of them. The attention of their owners is significant for them, and they cannot stand prolonged periods of loneliness. Due to the close bond it has for its family, it does not appreciate re-homing.
Daily physical exercise is vital to provide the dog adequate stimulation. It cannot live an apartment life and is best under an experienced owner. A couple of walks a day and some play sessions are enough for the Catalan. It enjoys canine sports among other activities. Allow it to run freely in a safe region, like a fenced yard.
Brushing the coat at least three times a week will maintain its skin and prevent tangles. There is a slight possibility of hair all around the home so visit a professional groomer. Bathe it only when it needs one, to prevent the natural oils of the skin. Clip the nails carefully with the right tools. To prevent infections, clean and wipe the eyes and ears every week.
There are only minor concerns such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and bloat. No major problems have been reported.
These energetic dogs are easy to train if they have a firm and consistent master who also act their leader. Positive methods like praising, using treats and motivating them will help the dog mature. It is best at herding but also enjoys sports and other activities like dancing. Teach it necessary obedience skills and socialize it well. Allow it to respond and adjust to different sounds, situations, places, and people, right from when it is a puppy. It will not be excessively shy or nervous and will understand every circumstance after the right guidance.
Dry dog kibbles split into two meals is the right food for them. The average amount is two and a half cups, but it can vary depending on the dog’s size, age, and metabolism.