The Catalan Shepherd (GOS D ’ Sheepdog) It is a breed of dog of Catalonia, Spain. Used primarily to monitor the herds during the day to the area of the Pyrenees and the occupied area by the transhumance related to this area.
While little is known about the origins of the Catalan Shepherd, Today it has become one of the breeds of dog, Iberian, more extended. For a long time she has lived isolated geographically and descends - probably- dogs shepherds who kept kinship with primitive Oriental races.
Likewise, There are documentary sources to ensure that, at sites such as the Minferri dogs of measurement remains have been found with very similar in structure to the Catalan Shepherd, the finding could locate in the 2000 to. C.
Anyway that there are only drawings of 200 years ago that testify the existence of the Catalan Shepherd. I.e., its origin It is still an issue controversial.
And 1919, Catalan Shepherd, He was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale as Spanish breed of dog.
And 1929 wrote the first standard from two dogs, TAC and Iris, two copies a canine contest winners. However, all this could not stop the debacle of the race.
With the advent of tourism in the Pyrenees which is where were more specimens of the breed, also arrived foreign dog breeds, and the Catalan Shepherd Dog became a type of small dog, underestimated front foreign dogs already wearing so many decades by selecting them and improving them, so it was abandoned and mixing with other races.
During the Decade of 1970, an organization called Laketània grabbed two dogs stayed with a very pure aspect, one of Solsona and the other of the Berguedà and raised them selectively to retrieve race. All current breeding dogs carry genes from these two examples.
And 1982 created the The Gos Club d'Atura Català, This led to begin airing various breeders and 1982 be drafted a new standard that is the still existing today.
Currently, the dog has been able to expand much to verify that not only serves for the care of flocks but also as a pet and are accounted for more than 4.000 registered copies.
Its height the cross is of 47 to 55 cm in males and 45 to 53 cm in females.
The hair is long, very little wavy or stretched. Usually rough, in some cases smooth. The subpelo is abundant, especially in the later third.
In the head has beard, mustache, quiff and sobrecejas that allow to see the eyes. The tail is well provided with hair, just as the limbs. When moulting hair is a typical phenomenon, as it does in two times.
During the first, change the hair in the front half of the dog, and gives the impression that it is two media with different hair dogs. In the second half, changing the rear half and returns to match.
Regard to the color, They seem far to monochrome, and they can present lighter shades to extremities. Seen closely observes that the color is given by the mixture of hairs of different tones: neula, terrizo more or less reddish, grey, black and white.
The basic colors that result from the mixture are:
- Neula: In his clear tones, medium to dark.
- Earth: With hair color land, neula, black and white. With three clear tones, medium to dark.
- Grey: Consisting of white hairs, Gray and black, with colors that can go the tetravalent to the gris-negro. If master black and only combines with white hairs, It gives a black appearance of frost.
There are also copies with a mixture of black hairs, neula and reddish Earth that can dominate in some parts, giving the sensation of exemplary black and Tan.
Pastor Catalán, indispensable assistant for the current Catalan shepherds, is a typical Shepherd Dog fell, rustic, frugal, obedient, resistant, barking, vigorous and reserved with strangers.
It is perfectly adapted different situations ranging from the comfort of a home, to the extreme climatic conditions of the high mountain, and this makes it an excellent conductor of flocks or a perfect Playmate.
In Catalonia, still continues to be used as a herding dog, and thanks to its great intelligence not only limited to follow the Shepherd, but occasionally it replaces his master and is responsible for the solo lead and guarding the flock.
In other countries, It is known mostly as a dog of company and exhibition, always with a dial protective character in special with children.
It is a dog very versatile and nice, She loves to play but you know when it is necessary to be quiet.
Some specialists often describe it as a sullen and few friends but in reality is that attitude taken with strangers, the minimum signal of confidence to show his affection.
Catalan Shepherd is very easy of educate and train.
Otros nombres: Catalonian Shepherd / Gos d’Atura Català / Perro de pastor catalán / Catalonian Sheepdog / Katalanischer Schäferhund
Group 1 / Section 1 – Shepherd dogs
Dogs breeds: Catalan Shepherd