The Catalan Sheepdog is a hardy, well-balanced Pastoral dog with a noble expression. This medium-sized breed stands 45 to 55 centimetres at the withers and weighs 45 to 60 pounds. It has a strong head and its skull is slightly longer than wide. It has a short, blunt muzzle, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, and a black nose. Its eyes are dark amber to chestnut with black rims, which radiate intelligence and alertness. It has triangular ears that are set high on its head.
The Catalan Sheepdog’s coat gives it an adorable appearance. The breed used to have two varieties, the long-haired and short-haired. However, the short-haired are virtually extinct. The Kennel Club refers to the standard coat as medium in length, which is straight or slightly wavy. It also has a fine, dense undercoat. It has a cute moustache and beard, and its body is well covered with hair such as its legs, toes, and tail. Its eyebrows should not obscure its eyes. The accepted colours are all shades of fawn, sable and grey, as well as black with fawn or grey shadings.
Despite the length of its hair, its non-shedding coat does not require intensive grooming. It does need to be brushed at least three times a week to avoid tangles and matts. Bathing can be done as needed. It does not need to be taken to a professional groomer’s because keeping it tidy is manageable.
Apart from taking care of your dog’s coat, also pay attention to other grooming aspects such as tooth brushing twice a week, ear cleaning, and nail trimming. Also make sure its skin is free from red spots and fleas.