Originating in North Eastern Spain as a sheepdog in the Spanish Pyrenees, the breed is still widely used as the flock herd and guard in that region. Known in his native country as the Gos d'atura Català, the breed has also become popular as a family companion.
Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.