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United Kennel Club

Catalonian Sheepdog

(Gos d’Atura Catalá - Perro de Pastor Catalán)

Catalan Sheepdog

Catalonian Sheepdog


ORIGIN

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FCI
Spain, Catalonia.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
26.05.1982.
KC
May 2015

UTILISATION

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FCI
It is in the driving of flocks that the true essence of this breed manifests itself, because not only does he obey the shepherd, but in numerous cases, he shows his initiative, directing the flock with marvellous ease, preventing any animal from separating from the others. Through his great bravery and courage, he can also be used for guarding missions. Because of his size, his beautiful coat, his intelligence and his great loyalty to his masters, he can be an excellent companion.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 1Sheepdogs and Cattledogs
Section 1Sheepdogs
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral
UKC
Herding Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs . Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Originates from the Catalonian Pyrenees, has propagated in all other pastoral zones of Catalonia.
UKC
The Catalonian Sheepdog is a flock driver that originated in the Catalonian Pyrenees Mountains. The breed is also used as a guardian. The Catalonian Sheepdog was recognized by the United Kennel Club July 1, 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Of well balanced medium proportion, medium size, with a beautiful coat.
KC
A hardy, well balanced, medium sized sheepdog with moderate length of coat. Body slightly longer than high, approximately in the proportion of 9:8.
UKC
A well balanced, medium sized herding dog with a long, rough coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Slightly longer than high, approximately in proportion of 9 to 8.
KC
Active and intelligent with a noble expression and a well-balanced and amenable character. Hardy and adaptable to all climates. Strong, firmly set double dewclaws on hindlegs are a breed characteristic and are of utmost importance.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
A very sedate dog, active and intelligent, with a noble expression, with a hardy and pleasant character, really devoted to the shepherd and flocks entrusted to him, wary of strangers, which at times make him seem unsociable.
He is very vigilant, very resistant to heat, cold and all atmospherics. A very frugal alimentation is sufficient for him to work in extreme conditions.
KC
Excellent family dog. Alert, loyal and easily trainable. Can initially be wary of strangers.
UKC
The Catalonian Sheepdog is an active, intelligent breed with a hardy and pleasant character and a noble expression. He is extremely devoted to his master and to the flocks that he maintains, but wary of strangers.

HEAD

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FCI
Strong head, slightly convexe and wide at the base, without heaviness, well proportioned with the rest of the body. The skull-muzzle proportion is of 4 to 3.
KC
Strong head, well proportioned with the rest of the body. The skull is slightly longer than wide with a marked central furrow which flattens towards a pronounced occiput. The proportion of skull to muzzle is 4 to 3. Slight but perceptible stop, not pronounced. Muzzle straight, rather short and blunt. Nose black.
UKC
The head is strong, but not heavy. The skull is longer than the muzzle in a ratio of 4:3.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly longer than wide, with a clearly marked furrow in its first third part, which gets flatter and remains so up to the occiput where a crest is formed. Occipital bone pronounced.
The upper profile of the skull is slightly domed and may show a less accentuated short space in the middle. The frontal sinus well developed, as much lengthwise as widthwise. Superciliary ridges well marked.
UKC
The skull is longer than it is wide. There is a marked frontal furrow and a prominent occiput. The upper profile of the skull is slightly domed, and the superciliary ridges are well pronounced. There is a visible, but not overly pronounced, stop.

Stop

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FCI
Well visible but not too pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Straight, proportioned with the head, must be black.
UKC
Straight and black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Straight, rather short, in shape of a truncated pyramid, with rounded outlines.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Good sized strong teeth. Tongues may have dark pigmented patches. Lips and roof of mouth black. Lips close fitting.
UKC
The muzzle is straight and rather short, tapering towards the tip, with rounded outlines. The lips are straight, not pendulous, and strongly pigmented with black, as is the palate.

Lips

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FCI
Rather strong, short, formed almost straight, with lower lip not pendulous, strongly pigmented with black; the palate is also black.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong, of good size, white and sound. Scissor bite. Blunt canines (tusks) are admitted in the working dogs.
UKC
The Catalonian Sheepdog has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Wide open, expressive, alert and intelligent gaze, round, dark amber colour, with black rimmed eyelids.
KC
Round. Dark amber to chestnut in colour, with black rims. Alert and intelligent expression.
UKC
Wide open and round, dark amber in color, with black eye rims. The expression is alert and intelligent.

Ears

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FCI
Set high, triangular, fine, pointed. Insertion cartilage supple and not thick. Hanging ears, carried close to the head. Ratio between ear width length = 8 to 10. Covered with long hair ending in mobile fringes. For the working dogs cropped ears are accepted.
KC
High set, triangular, hanging close to the head. Slightly longer than wide, covered with long hair ending in fringes.
UKC
Natural ears are set high and are triangular in shape, with fine leather. They hang down and are carried close to the head. They are covered with long hair. Cropped ears are acceptable in working dogs.

NECK

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FCI
Vigorous, solid, muscled, rather short, but with such proportions permitting a good mobility, well tied to the shoulders.
KC
Moderately short, solid and muscular, set well into shoulders.
UKC
Solid, well muscled and rather short, but mobile.

BODY

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FCI
Slightly elongated, strong, muscled, giving an impression of power and agility.
KC
Strong, muscular and slightly longer than high, approximately in the proportion of 9 to 8. Level topline. At first sight, the croup may appear higher, owing to abundance, quantity and denseness of coat. Well sprung ribs, chest reaching to level of elbow. Neither barrel ribbed nor slab sided. Short coupled with strong loin and slight tuck up.
UKC
The body is slightly elongated. It gives the impression of power and agility. The chest is wide and deep to the elbow. The ribs are curved, allowing for good capacity for work. The withers are well visible. The topline is straight, to a slightly raised croup that is about the same height as the withers, though at first glance it may appear higher due to the amount of coat it carries. The belly is slightly tucked up.

Withers

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FCI
Well visible.

Back

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FCI
Topline straight, not saddle-backed, slightly raised croup, which, in any case, shall be equal or slightly inferior to the withers. That difference at first sight may seem favourable to the croup because of the quantity of coat and undercoat which it carries.

Croup

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FCI
Robust, muscled, slightly sloping.

Chest

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FCI
Wide, well developed, reaching elbow level. Curved ribs, not flat, allowing for a good thoracic capacity in respect of the work.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Belly slightly tucked up, with short but strong and well marked flanks.

TAIL

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FCI
Rather low set, may be long, going beyond the hock, or short, measuring less than 10 cm. There are also tailless subjects, and, for the working dogs, docked tail is admitted. When the dog is at rest, the tail just hangs. It forms a hook in its lower part. Sabre tail also accepted. In action, the tail is raised gaily but not rolled on the back. Is abundantly covered with slightly wavy hair.
KC
Oval. Pads firm and black. Toes close together, well covered with hair, including between the pads. Nails black and strong.
UKC
The tail is rather low set. At rest, it hangs. Tails may be long, going past the hock, or naturally bobbed, docked or tailless. The long tail forms a hook in the end, and it may be carried saber fashion, raised gaily but not curled over the back. The tail is abundantly covered with long, wavy hair.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong, lean, straight, vertical and parallel, seen from the front or in profile. The elbow-wither distance is about equal to that of the elbow to ground.
KC
Prominent withers. Shoulders well muscled and well laid back. Upper arm strong and muscular with elbows close to the body. Forearm Strong, lean, straight and parallel when viewed from the front. Pasterns relatively short.
UKC
The shoulders are well muscled and slightly oblique, creating an angle with the upper arm that is approximately 110 degrees.

Shoulder

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FCI
Muscled, strong, slightly oblique. Scapular-humeral angle of about 110°.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Strong, muscled with parallel elbows, neither in or out, close to the body.

Elbow

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FCI
Humeral-radial angle of about 135°.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Strong, lean, vertical and parallel, with the length of the legs from elbow to ground about the same as the distance from the top of the withers to the elbow. The elbows are close to the body, and the pasterns are rather short.

Forearm

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FCI
Vertical, strong, fit for the work.

Carpus (wrist)

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FCI
Following the same vertical as the forearm, rather short.

FEET

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KC
Oval. Pads firm and black. Toes close together, well covered with hair, including between the pads. Nails black and strong.
UKC
The feet are oval in shape, with hard black pads and strong black nails. The toes are webbed with interdigital membranes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Oval, pads black and hard, interdigital membranes neat and well covered with hair, nails black and strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
Identical to front feet, but with low set double bony dewclaws. These dewclaws are joined together and joined to the first toe of the foot by a membrane.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong, muscled, vertical, giving impression of power and agility.
KC
Slightly sloping croup. Strong and muscular with well developed first and second thighs. Hocks well let down and parallel when viewed from behind. Double, well-boned dewclaws, set low.
UKC
The hindquarters are strongly muscled, powerful and vertical.

Thigh

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FCI
Long, broad and muscled, with strong bones. Coxal-femoral angle of about 115°.

Stifle

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FCI
Femoral-tibial angle of about 120°.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are long and broad, with good bone. There is moderate angulation at the stifle and the hock. The rear pasterns are rather short, strong and vertical. There are double bony dewclaws on the rear legs that are joined to the first toe of the foot by a membrane.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Legs: Strong bones and muscles.

Hock

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FCI
Must be well let down, parallel and vertical.
Angle of hock about 140°.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Rather short, strong and vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Supple, typical of shepherd dogs. Gallop only obtained in very large spaces, but in the ring, the typical gait is a short trot, with that gait peculiar to all dogs with dewclaws.
KC
Smooth gait. Walks with fairly short strides, trots freely with vigour. Feet never raised very high. Head raised when moving slowly, carried lower as the pace increases.
UKC
A short, supple trot, typical of breeds with rear dewclaws.

SKIN

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FCI
Rather thick, close and tight all over the body and the head. Well pigmented.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI

Long, flat, or very slightly wavy, rough with abundant undercoat on the whole of the posterior third of the body. On the head we notice a beard, moustaches, tuft and eyebrows which do not affect the sight. Tail well covered with hair as are all the extremities.
It is noticeable that during the moult we observe a typical phenomenon the moult occurs in two times. First of all it affects the coat on the front part, giving the impression of two halves of dogs with different coats; then it is the turn of the hind part of the dog and everything becomes uniform again.
KC
Rough coated of medium length. Straight or slightly wavy. Fine, dense undercoat. A moustache, beard and eyebrows which should not obscure the eyes. Denser on hindquarters. Legs, toes and tail well covered with hair. Skin fairly thick and close fitting all over the body and head.
UKC
The outer coat is long and either flat or slightly wavy. There is abundant undercoat on the posterior third of the body. The head has a beard, moustache and eyebrow tufts that do not obscure the eyes. The tail and all extremities are well furnished. When the Catalonian Sheepdog sheds its coat, it loses the coat on the front half of the body first, then on the back half of the body.

COLOUR

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FCI

Seen from the distance the dog seems to be unicolour and may have lighter shadings at the extremities. Seen close up, it is noticeable that the colour comes from the mixture of hairs of different tones fawn, brown more or less reddish, grey, black and white. The basic colours deriving from this mixture are
Fawn, in its light tones, medium or dark.
Sable, with chestnut hairs, fawn, white and black, also in its light tones, medium and dark.
Grey, made up of white, grey and black with shadings going from silver grey to blackgrey. If black is dominant and is simply combined with white, it gives a black which looks frosty.
There are also dogs with a mixture of black, fawn and reddish brown, which can dominate in one or several parts, giving the impression of black and tan subjects.
Not admitted are white or black spots. Sometimes a few white hairs, as a star shape on the chest are tolerated, or on the upper part of the toes, but, in that case however, this must not be accompanied by white nails.
KC
Fawn, sable and grey in all shades. Black with fawn or grey shadings at the extremities. May be frosted with white. From a distance, the dog can appear to be self-coloured. Seen close up, it is apparent that this comes from a combination of the different shades. White or black spots/patches highly undesirable. A few white hairs or small white marking on the chest are permissible. White permissible on the upper part of the toes, but must not be accompanied by white nails.
UKC
From a distance, the breed appears to be a solid color, with some light shading. On close inspection, the color is actually created by a mixture of hairs of varying tones; fawn, brown, reddish brown, grey, black and white. The basic colors that are derived from this mixture are: Fawn, from light to dark. Sable, in tones from light to dark. Grey, which is made up of white, grey and black hairs with shadings that range from silver grey to black grey. If black is dominant and mixed with white, it gives a black look that is frosted with white. Black and tan coloration is also acceptable. A few white hairs on the chest or the upper toes are tolerated, but no other white markings are allowed. No solid black spots in the coat are allowed.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: Dogs 47-55cm (18½ - 21½ ins); Bitches 45-53cm (17¾ - 20½ ins).
UKC
Height for males is 18.5 inches to 21.5 inches. For females, it is 17.5 inches to 20.5 inches.

Height at withers

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FCI

From 47 to 55 cm for dogs.
From 45 to 53 cm for bitches.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Skull: Flat skull. Lack of furrow.
Teeth: Missing two premolars.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Ears: Rose ears.
Forelegs: Legs or feet turning in or out.
Body: Sway backed.
Hind Legs: Lack of bone in the dewclaws, or single dewclaws.
Feet: A few white nails.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI

Head flat or without furrow.
Rose shaped ears or badly set. Insertion cartilage thick, long or sticking out.
Light eyes.
2 PM missing.
Slight prognathism.
Saddle back.
Legs or feet turned in or out.
A few white nails.
Lack of bone in the dewclaws or single dewclaw.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Lack of pigmentation of the lips, the nose, eyelids and palate.
Brown nose.
Blue eyes.
White spots.
Missing more than 2 PM or any two teeth.
Tail rolled on the loins.
Lack of dewclaws or interdigital membranes.
All the nails white.
More than 3 cm more or less of the limits of the size.
Head like a Pyrenean shepherd or a Briard.
Lower or upper prognathism.
Quality being equal, we tend to prefer dogs without any mutilations (ears, tail or blunt teeth for reason of work). We shall refuse those with such mutilations if they are not dogs working with flocks. The well pigmented tones are desirable in the colour and therefore better appreciated.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Tail: Tail curled on the loins.
Color: White or black spots in the coat.
(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) More than one inch over or under the size allowed.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Lack of black pigment of the lips or palate. Missing more than two premolars or missing more than any two teeth. Overshot or undershot bite. Brown nose, or incomplete pigment of the nose. Lack of complete black pigment of the eye rims. Blue eyes. Complete lack of rear dewclaws. Lack of interdigital membranes. All white nails. Tail curled on the loins. White or black spots in the coat.
Muzzle: Lack of black pigment of the lips or palate.
Teeth: Missing more than two premolars or missing more than any two teeth. Overshot or undershot bite.
Nose: Brown nose, or incomplete pigment of the nose.
Eyes: Lack of complete black pigment of the eye rims. Blue eyes.
Hind Legs: Complete lack of rear dewclaws.
Feet: Lack of interdigital membranes. All white nails.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.