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Catalan Sheepdog vs French Brittany – Which is the better breed?

"What should I choose?" Catalan Sheepdog or French Brittany? Is Catalan Sheepdog better than French Brittany?
Catalan SheepdogFrench Brittany
Name Catalan Sheepdog French Brittany
Origins Spain France
GroupPastoral DogsHunting Dogs
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Other Names Atura Català, Catalan shepherd, Catalan sheepdog Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel, American Brittany, Brittany Wiegref
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
Price $600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Catalan Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Catalan Sheepdog gets to a happy place.
$700-$800
If you choose to purchase the French Brittany, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the French Brittany gets to a happy place.
Size Medium Medium
Weight Male: 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 37-46 pounds (17-21 kg) Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg), Females: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 49.5 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Females: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm) Male: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19–22 inches (47–55 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (45–53 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)
Coat Rough Wavy Shaggy Thick Dense
Colors Fawn Red Brown Gray Sable Black Liver White Orange Roan
Grooming
Average: The Catalan Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Catalan Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Easy to groom: The French Brittany doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. French Brittany is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
Catalan Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
French Brittanys shed quite a little. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type. French Brittanys could be a good choice if you don't really like dog hair.
Temperament Agile Protective Intelligent Trainable Loyal Alert Intelligent Social Independent Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Average: Catalan Sheepdog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Low: The French Brittany if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Catalan Sheepdogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
French Brittanys are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
The French Brittany is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. French Brittanys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
Catalan Sheepdogs are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
French Brittanys are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
Catalan Sheepdogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
French Brittanys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Low to Average: The Catalan Sheepdog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Average: The French Brittany barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Catalan Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Catalan Sheepdogs will alert you if they sense something different.
French Brittanys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Catalan Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
French Brittanys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential Low
The Catalan Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Low
The French Brittany has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Catalan Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
French Brittanys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but French Brittanys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Catalan Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Wanderlust potential of the French Brittany is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Catalan Sheepdog have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
French Brittany have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
French Brittanys are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Catalan Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
French Brittanys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Stranger Friendly
Catalan Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
French Brittanys are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Catalan Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
French Brittanys are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
Catalan Sheepdogs are average friendly dogs towards cats.
French Brittanys are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Catalan Sheepdogs are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.
French Brittanys are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the French Brittany can be a great choice.
Health Issues
Catalan Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
French Brittanys are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No
Catalan Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
No
French Brittanys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
French Brittanys are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
Catalan Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
French Brittanys need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
Catalan Sheepdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
French Brittanys don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average. The Catalan Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Catalan Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Average. The French Brittany has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the French Brittany's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Catalan Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Medium
The French Brittany has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
The Catalan Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Catalan Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Catalan Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
The French Brittany is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the French Brittany. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length 60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Catalan Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female French Brittany: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Catalan Sheepdog, French Brittany have a litter? Twice a year (maximum) Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 1-11 puppies