The Catalan Sheepdog is a breed of Catalan Pyrenean dog used as a sheepdog. It is bred in Europe, especially in Germany, Finland, Spain and Sweden. It is also known as Gos d’Atura Català and Catalan shepherd. As the name suggests, these dogs originated in the Catalonia region of Spain. They are thought to have been bred from ancient Pyrenees-type dogs, perhaps with influence from other herding breeds. Though developed for herding, the Catalan Sheepdog was also used as a messenger breed and guard dog during the Spanish Civil War and they continue to be used as police dogs and
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