The Kennel Club





Catalan Sheepdog




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: May 2015

CLASSIFICATION

: Pastoral

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: A hardy, well balanced, medium sized sheepdog with moderate length of coat. Body slightly longer than high, approximately in the proportion of 9:8.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: 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

: Excellent family dog. Alert, loyal and easily trainable. Can initially be wary of strangers.

HEAD

: 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.

FACIAL REGION

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Muzzle

: 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.

Eyes

: Round. Dark amber to chestnut in colour, with black rims. Alert and intelligent expression.

Ears

: High set, triangular, hanging close to the head. Slightly longer than wide, covered with long hair ending in fringes.

NECK

: Moderately short, solid and muscular, set well into shoulders.

BODY

: 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.

TAIL

: Oval. Pads firm and black. Toes close together, well covered with hair, including between the pads. Nails black and strong.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: 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.

FEET

: Oval. Pads firm and black. Toes close together, well covered with hair, including between the pads. Nails black and strong.

HINDQUARTERS

: 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.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: 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.

COAT

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HAIR

: 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.

COLOUR

: 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.

SIZE

: Ideal height: Dogs 47-55cm (18½ - 21½ ins); Bitches 45-53cm (17¾ - 20½ ins).

FAULTS

: 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.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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