Catalan Sheepdog

Lifestyle Needs

Catalan Sheepdog 2The Catalan Sheepdog  breed originates from the Andorra region of Spain and was used for herding and guarding flocks. The Catalan’s long, weather proof coat (double coated) requires very regular grooming. He is a natural guard dog, is courageous and therefore requires quite firm handling. His height is normally between 45 and 55 cm. He needs to live in a house with a garden and have plenty of opportunities for interactive play and off lead exercise. As all working breeds, the Catalan is intelligent and needs plenty of mental stimulation and training. The average lifespan is 12-14 years.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 9.6% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

TBC

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

  • The long, double, weatherproof coat can easily become matted and harbour dust and debris if not looked after daily.

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

  • Hip Dysplasia (abnormality of the hip joint causing lameness and pain) breed mean score 18 (parents should be lower)
  • Eye Scheme: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

None known

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

None known

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Patellar Luxation (PL)
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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