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Catalan Sheepdog

Gos d'Atura Català, Catalan shepherd, Catalan sheepdog


Catalan sheepdogs range in size from 18 to 22 in (45 to 55 cm) in height and 37 to 55 lb (17 to 25 kg) in weight for males, with females being smaller. Their coat is long and either flat or slightly wavy, and ranges from fawn to dark sable and light to dark grey. There is also a short-haired variety of this breed, but it is nearly extinct.

This breed is used for herding and as a pet dog. Because of its intelligence, the Gos D'Atura, like most sheepdogs, is easy to train. This cheerful dog excels at dog-sports, such as agility and doggy-dance. In spite of its appearance, this courageous dog is also used as a watch-dog. An "all-around-dog" and great companion. They guard sheep without needing instruction. Enough (outdoor) activity and distraction makes this dog a quiet and well-balanced home companion. This breed is appropriate for people with firm techniques and who can give the dog enough exercise. Early socialization is important, particularly if the dog will be around children. The dogs defend their family and become attached to it.

Size Medium
Height Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm)Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm)
Weight Male: 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg)Female: 37-46 pounds (17-21 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors Black Brown Fawn Gray Red Sable
Origin Spain Andorra
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

It will need daily exercise to maintain its shape. Committed and active owners will enjoy performing fitness activities with this breed.


Easy Training: The Gos d'Atura can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Catalan sheepdogs exhibiting basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.



Grooming Requirements


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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