The other Pyrenean shepherd
Original Name : Gos d’Atura Catala
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Gos
Male size : 18½-21½ inches
Female size : 17½-21¾ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Spain
As a native of the Spanish Pyrenees, Catalonian Sheepdogs have colonized the whole of the Catalonian countryside. Their medium-size, beautiful coat, intelligence and great loyalty make them ideal companion dogs.
Strong, slightly convex and broad at the base, with no heaviness, proportionate to the rest of the body.
Slightly elongated (ratio 9/8), strong, muscular, giving the impression of strength and agility.
Fawn, sable, gray (made up of white, gray and black hairs with shades from silver gray to dark gray).
Set high, triangular, fine, pointed and drooping.
Set rather low. May be long (extending just beyond the hock) or short (less than 10 cm). Some dogs are born without tails.
Long, flat and very slightly wavy, rough with abundant undercoat on the whole back third of the body.
Catalonian Sheepdogs excel at driving herds, because as well as following the herdsman’s instructions they will often show initiative, shepherding the herd with consummate skill to ensure that individuals do not become separated.Their great bravery and courage make them just as suited to guarding.Understated, lively and intelligent, not to mention hardy and pleasant, Catalonian Sheepdogs are very devoted to both their herdsman and their herd, but will not approach strangers. As a result these noble looking dogs are sometimes regarded as antisocial.