Catalan Sheepdog Gos d'Atura

Legend has it that Charlemagne (Charles the great, King of the Franks, reigning from 771 to 814 AD) was accompanied everywhere he went by his two large, long haired, black dogs ( very much in looks like a Briard ). Tapestries from the 8th and 12th century show him with these dogs and legend suggests that as Charlemagne moved southwards his two dogs mated with the local gals.

Those offspring may have produced the breeds we know today as: the Briard, the Beauceron, the Picardy, the Pyrenean and of course the Catalan. Originating from Catalonia (North East Spain) the Catalan is a high spirited and cheerful dog. It is intelligent and very agile and excels in Dog sports -

The Catalan Sheepdog, also known as Perro De Pastor Catlan or Gos DíAtura Catalan, is classified as a Working Dog so exercise is a must. The Catalan Sheepdog has for centuries been a versatile working dog, a prized herder of livestock. It has courage and a good natured personality and was used as a messenger and sentry during the Spanish civil war. Spanish literature has described it as having excellent herding abilities as well as the courage that makes them an outstanding guard dog.

After the 2nd world war the dogís population dramatically declined. Some were destroyed, others rarely bred.

The suggestion is that during the 1950ís and 60ís a lot of farms closed, people drifted from the countryside to take up employment in towns, so demand for the Catalans skills fell and the breed dwindled to just a few dogs. Thankfully In 1970 a group of breeders came together to regenerate the breed.

Remaining specimens were brought from shepherds and intensive breeding begun. Today the breed is still considered to be rare but due to the efforts of dedicated breeders, the Catalan Sheepdog population is slowly but surely growing and once again it is being used to drive and tend flocks which Catalan Sheepdogs do so well. They have a natural instinct of caring for a flock. Amiably they carry out the commands of the shepherds but in most instances a dog will happily act on its own instinct making decisions concerning the monitoring of the flock. A trait which Shepherds prize. They are vigilant and courageous and well able to protect the flock entrusted to its care.

– Angie Fieldsend, 29.10.2014

Catalan Sheepdog Dog Breed

Catalan Sheepdog

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