Shaggy Catalan sheepdog of medium size with fawn, gray or black sifted coat. A close cousin of the Portuguese Shepherd. Moderately active, very attached to the family, watchful guardian. It requires close contact with people.
The Catalan Sheepdog is a typical shepherd dog in terms of both appearance and psyche. He is reserved with regard to strangers. He is not afraid, but he is also not interested in contact with strangers.
Properly socialized, however, will tolerate stroking by a stranger. He has a temperament typical for many shepherd breeds, also for our PON.
He likes movement and classes, but can also adapt to a less active lifestyle. He will not suffer staying alone at home if he then goes for a longer walk. He will gladly welcome any proposal for joint activities, but contact with his family is much more important for him. This is not a dog that feels good in the pen, isolated from the human flock.
The Catalan’s original occupation was herding sheep – leading the herd and ensuring that it did not run apart. However, this was not only about the shepherd’s command, often the dog had to show initiative. Therefore, although faithful, he is not blindly obedient. He is vigilant and works well as a guardian. He is good at agility and other dog sports.
Training and education
He is an intelligent quadruped, he learns quickly and willingly. However, he does not tolerate coercive training. Although he can handle even a bull, he is not very hard.
Who is this race for?
The Catalan Sheepdog can be recommended as a companion for moderately active people. A novice owner should cope with his upbringing.
Catalan sheepdog. Advantages and disadvantages
requires a lot of movement and attachment
needs a lot of socialization
he carries a lot of rubbish and mud on a long coat
requires regular care
nice family companion
suitable for dog sports
healthy and resilient
As a typical shepherd dog of this breed is healthy and resistant. It happens, however, that he suffers from iliac dysplasia.
The Catalan has no specific nutritional requirements. You can give him ready food as well as food prepared at home.
Catalan sheepdog. Care
The care of a Catalan does not cause special problems. His hair is quite rough and medium-long, so even after bathing it does not felter. Just brush it once every few days.
This is one of the shaggy shepherd breeds that many live in Europe. It is believed that the Catalan shepherds are derived from a Tibetan terrier. When and how they spread on our continent, it is difficult to define precisely today.
It is believed that Tibetan terriers first reached the Mediterranean countries, from where they spread further during the expansion of the Roman Empire. In different regions, they crossed with local dogs.
Under the influence of the local climate, terrain, as well as the needs and expectations of local people, the evolution of so-called local breeds began. On the Pyrenean Peninsula, several very similar to each other were created – in Portugal, the Portuguese Shepherd (Căo da Serra de Aires), in France the smallest of the three Pyrenean Shepherd, and in Spain – the Catalan Shepherd.
The Catalan comes from the eastern part of the Pyrenees. From these regions, it later spread throughout Catalonia. To this day, there are original working dogs of this breed, although most of them do not have pedigrees. They are present even on the coastal pastures of the Costa Brava.
However, during the Spanish Civil War, Catalans served as liaison and guard dogs. The first Catalan Shepherd was entered in the pedigree book in 1915. In subsequent years, single dogs of this breed appeared at exhibitions in Spain and won awards, although there was no pattern yet.
It was established only in 1924. It was then that Barcelona exhibited, among others dog Tac and female Iris – they were used to create it. It was approved by the FCI in 1929.
Like their close cousin, the Pyrenean shepherd, also working Catalans were customarily copied ears and tail. However, unlike the first Catalan Sheepdogs, nothing is cut off. While in the case of the Pyreneans, the smooth-haired variety has survived (though it is rarer), it seems that smooth-haired Catalans have become extinct. Even if they live somewhere else among working dogs, they haven’t found too many enthusiasts.
The most popular – outside of his homeland – the Catalan enjoys in Finland as well as in Germany and Sweden. The first bitch of this breed came to Poland in 2005.
Catalan sheepdog. Template
Catalan Sheepdog – group I FCI, section 1, reference number 87
Country of origin: Spain
Character: balanced, active, intelligent, loyal, excellent companion, good guardian
Size: dogs 47-55 cm, bitches 45-53 cm
Weight: dogs 20-30 kg, bitches 15-25 kg
Coat: long, straight or slightly wavy, rough, with a dense undercoat; on the head creates a beard, mustache and eyebrows that do not cover the eyes
Ointment: fawn, red or sable (fawn or red with black hair) in various shades; gray, black, gray and tan, black and tan; puppies are usually born darker, and with age, their coat brightens – brightened in an adult dog never has a uniform color, but consists of a mixture of hair of different colors
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Vulnerability to training: high
Activity: the Catalan likes movement and activities, but will also adapt to a calmer lifestyle
Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: resistant
The official mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona was Cobi, a Cubist Catalan Catalan Sheepdog, designed by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal.
The name Cobi comes from the name of the Olympic Games Organizing Committee – Barcelona Olympic Organizing Comittee (COOB). Cobi’s image is on many souvenirs.
He even lived to see his own television series “Cobi Troupe”. According to the International Olympic Committee, he has become one of the most popular Olympic mascots.