The Catalan Sheepdog will serve his family well as a loyal and intelligent companion.
They are a medium-sized dog with a long, dark, shaggy coat. Because the long hair covers the face too, it gives the impression of a beard and moustache. They tend to moult in two stages, first the front half and then the back.
They were bred to guard and herd sheep in their native Spain. They are very trainable and excel at dog sports like agility, obedience and doggy dancing. They naturally guard and tend to become attached to their family but they can be taught to get on well with other people and other animals.
They need plenty of physical and mental exercise and their long coat needs regular grooming. They are prone to hip dysplasia.