Catalan Sheepdog

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 263
Origin Spain
Other Names Atura Català, Catalan sheepdog, Catalan shepherd
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does it cost to purchase a Catalan Sheepdog?
The price of a Catalan Sheepdog will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $600 to $800 per Catalan Sheepdog if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Catalan Sheepdog through a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg),
Female: 37-46 pounds (17-21 kg)
Height Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm),
Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Purpose Guardian, Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Catalan, Pyrenees Dogs and Ancient Roman Guarding Breeds

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Rough, Shaggy, Thick, Wavy
Coat Colors Black, Brown, Fawn, Gray, Red, Sable
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Fawn, Gray, Sable
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Dematter, Nail Clipper, Scissors, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Agile, Defensive, Intelligent, Loyal, Productive, Protective, Trainable
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Deafness, Dental Problems, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 18 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 70 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.50 - $2.00
Monthly Cost $45.00 - $60.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Catalan Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Catalan Sheepdog is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in the Catalonia region of Spain. It is an intelligent, loyal, and protective breed that makes an excellent companion for active families. The Catalan Sheepdog has a unique appearance with its long, shaggy coat and pointed ears. It comes in a variety of colors including black, white, gray, brown, and red.

The average lifespan of the Catalan Sheepdog is between 12 to 14 years. They typically weigh between 25 to 35 pounds and stand at 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder.

The personality of the Catalan Sheepdog is one of intelligence and loyalty. They are very devoted to their owners and will do anything to protect them from harm or danger. They are also very alert dogs who will bark when they sense something suspicious or out of place in their environment.

Catalan Sheepdogs are friendly with other dogs as well as children and other animals if they have been properly socialized from a young age. They can be wary around strangers but will warm up once they get to know them better over time.

The temperament of the Catalan Sheepdog is one that requires patience and consistency when it comes to training them as puppies so that they can learn how to behave properly around people and other animals alike. They need plenty of exercise on a daily basis in order for them to stay healthy both physically and mentally so it’s important for owners to make sure they get enough activity each day such as walks or playtime with toys or other dogs in order for them not become bored or destructive due their high energy levels .

When it comes to health issues, the Catalan Sheepdog is generally considered quite healthy but there are some conditions which may affect this breed such as hip dysplasia, eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma ,and skin allergies . Regular vet checkups should be done on your pet in order for any potential health issues can be caught early on before becoming more serious problems down the line .

The adaptability level of this breed is quite high since they do well both indoors as well as outdoors depending on what kind environment you provide for them . The benefits owning a Catalan Sheepdog include having an intelligent , loyal ,and protective companion who loves being part your family .


The Catalan Sheepdog is a herding dog that originates from the Catalonia region in northeastern Spain. The breed is also known as the Perro de Pastor Catalán, Ca de Bestiar, and Gos d'Atura Català. The Catalan Sheepdog is a medium-sized breed with a long, thick coat that can be either straight or slightly wavy. The coat is typically black and white, but can also be tan and white or brindle. The Catalan Sheepdog has a long head with erect ears and a long, thick tail that is often carried over the back.

The breed was used for centuries to herd sheep in the mountainous regions of Catalonia. However, by the early twentieth century, the breed was on the verge of extinction due to the introduction of more efficient herding dogs from other parts of Europe. In an effort to save the breed, a group of Catalan farmers founded the Club del Gos d'Atura Català in 1923. The club began a breeding program and promoted the use of the Catalan Sheepdog as a working dog. In 1931, the breed was recognized by the Spanish Kennel Club and in 1979, it was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale.

Today, the Catalan Sheepdog is still used as a working dog on farms and ranches in Spain and other parts of Europe. It is also becoming increasingly popular as a companion dog in homes around the world. Thanks to its loyal and loving nature, this versatile breed makes an excellent family pet.