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Garafian Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Garafian Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
Garafian Shepherd, Pastor de Garafía
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Garafian Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Garafian Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Garafian Shepherd 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? Garafian Shepherd price:
Unknown
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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Garafian Shepherd size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Garafian Shepherd weigh? Garafian Shepherd weight:
Male: 62-77 pounds (28-35 kg), Female: 53-66 pounds (24-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Garafian Shepherd? Garafian Shepherd average weight:
Male: 69.5 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60.5 pounds (27 kg)
Height
How tall is the Garafian Shepherd? Garafian Shepherd height:
Male: 22-25 inch (57-64 cm), Female: 21.5-24 inch (55-62 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Garafian Shepherd average height:
Male: 23.5 inch (60.5 cm), Female: 23 inch (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Garafian Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
ThickDenseSoftDense UndercoatAbundant
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Garafian Shepherd's coat?
Brown & YellowYellowGreyGolden YellowOrangeFawnReddish-BrownThe coat color comes in solid shades of golden yellow, orange, fawn and light reddish-brown, with some small white markings.
Grooming
How to groom the Garafian Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Garafian Shepherd 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 Garafian Shepherd, 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 Garafian Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Garafian Shepherd? Garafian Shepherd shedding level:
Garafian Shepherds shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Garafian Shepherd breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Garafian Shepherd have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CompanionableSocialProtectivePlayfulHerdingDocileFriendlyActiveObedientIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Garafian Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Garafian Shepherd's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Garafian Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Garafian Shepherds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Garafian Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Garafian Shepherd sensitivity:
Garafian Shepherds 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?
Garafian Shepherds are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Garafian Shepherd need? Garafian Shepherd social needs:
Garafian Shepherds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Garafian Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Why does my Pastor de Garafía bark?
Average to high: The Garafian Shepherd is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Garafian Shepherd good as a watchdog?
Garafian Shepherds 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 Garafian Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Garafian Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Garafian Shepherds 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 Garafian Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Garafian Shepherd? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Garafian Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Garafian Shepherd 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 Garafian Shepherd do?
Garafian Shepherds have lower than 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 Garafian Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Garafian Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Garafian Shepherd roam?
Garafian Shepherds 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 Garafian Shepherd have high prey drive?
Garafian Shepherds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Garafian Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Garafian Shepherds are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Garafian Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Garafian Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Garafian Shepherd 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?
Garafian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Garafian Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Garafian Shepherd and children:
Garafian Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Garafian Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Garafian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Garafian Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Garafian Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Garafian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Garafian Shepherds good office dogs? Do Garafian Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Garafian Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Garafian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Garafian Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Garafian Shepherd temperament with senior people? Are Garafian Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Garafian Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Garafian Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Garafian Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Garafian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Garafian Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Garafian Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Garafian Shepherd 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). Garafian Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Garafian Shepherd 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. Garafian Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Garafian Shepherd 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. Garafian Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Garafian Shepherd 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 Garafian Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Garafian Shepherd be a boat dog?
Not really
Garafian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Garafian Shepherd 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. Garafian Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Garafian Shepherd dogs have health problems?
The Garafian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Garafian Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Garafian Shepherd be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Garafian Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Garafian Shepherds 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 Garafian Shepherd have?
Garafian Shepherds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Garafian Shepherd dogs require per day?
Garafian Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Garafian Shepherds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Garafian Shepherd 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? Garafian Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Garafian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. 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 gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Garafian Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Garafian Shepherd 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 Garafian Shepherd drool?
The Garafian Shepherd is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. 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 Garafian Shepherd pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Garafian Shepherd pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Garafian Shepherd: 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 Garafian Shepherd 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 Garafian Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-11 puppies

Pros & Cons of Garafian Shepherd

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Garafian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Garafian Shepherds are easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Garafian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Garafian Shepherds have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Garafian Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Garafian Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Garafian Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Garafian Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Garafian Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Garafian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Garafian Shepherds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Garafian Shepherds shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Garafian Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Garafian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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