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Catalan Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Catalan Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Catalan Sheepdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Atura Català, Catalan shepherd, Catalan sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Catalan Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Catalan Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Catalan Sheepdog breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Catalan Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Catalan Sheepdog price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Catalan Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Catalan Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Catalan Sheepdog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Catalan Sheepdog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Catalan Sheepdog weigh? Catalan Sheepdog weight:
Male: 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 37-46 pounds (17-21 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Catalan Sheepdog? Catalan Sheepdog average weight:
Male: 49.5 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height
How tall is the Catalan Sheepdog? Catalan Sheepdog height:
Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Catalan Sheepdog average height:
Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Catalan Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
RoughWavyThickShaggy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Catalan Sheepdog's coat?
FawnRedBrownGraySableBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Catalan Sheepdog and how often?
Average: The Catalan Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Catalan Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Catalan Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Atura Català? Catalan Sheepdog shedding level:
Catalan Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Catalan Sheepdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AgileProtectiveIntelligentTrainableLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Catalan Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Average: Catalan Sheepdog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Catalan Sheepdogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Catalan Sheepdog sensitivity:
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Catalan Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Atura Català need? Catalan Sheepdog social needs:
Catalan Sheepdogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Catalan Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Catalan shepherd bark?
Low to Average: The Catalan Sheepdog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Catalan Sheepdog good as a watchdog?
Catalan Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Catalan Sheepdog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Catalan Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Catalan Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Catalan Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Atura Català? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Catalan Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Catalan Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Catalan Sheepdog do?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Catalan Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Catalan Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Catalan Sheepdog roam?
Catalan Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Catalan Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Catalan Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Catalan Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Catalan Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Catalan Sheepdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Catalan Sheepdog and children:
Catalan Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Catalan Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Catalan Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Catalan Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Catalan Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Catalan Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdogs be office dogs?
No
Catalan Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Atura Català temperament with senior people? Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Catalan Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Catalan Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Catalan Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Catalan Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Catalan Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Catalan Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a boat dog?
Not really
Catalan Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Catalan Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Catalan Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Catalan Sheepdog dogs have health problems?
Catalan Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Catalan Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Catalan Sheepdog breed? Health risks of Catalan Sheepdog:
DeafnessDental ProblemsEpilepsyGlaucomaHip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Catalan Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Catalan Sheepdog be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Catalan Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Catalan Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Catalan Sheepdog have?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Catalan Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Catalan Sheepdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Catalan Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Catalan Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Catalan Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Catalan Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Catalan Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Catalan Sheepdog drool?
The Catalan Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Catalan Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Catalan Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Catalan Sheepdog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Catalan Sheepdog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Catalan Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Catalan Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Catalan Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Catalan Sheepdog

Pros
  • Trainability: Catalan Sheepdogs are very easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Catalan Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Catalan Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Catalan Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Catalan Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Catalan Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Catalan Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Catalan Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Catalan Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Catalan Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Catalan Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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