This is a truly courageous working breed. His origins lie in the rural community, and he has been selected to herd large flocks of sheep for as long as his master needs him to do so. He has a particular ‘head for heights’ when asked to perform in the mountains.
The phrase in the standard that states he is ‘wary of strangers’ is not meant to indicate that he has a doubtful temperament, but that he needs to be properly socialised in his early formative weeks if he is to become an acceptable member of the household.
His coat is densely harsh as befits a breed that prefers to be out in all weathers. He is not difficult to keep tidy, but, in common with all long-coated breeds, grooming should be regular.
The breed was first registered with the Kennel Club in 1988 and has increased gradually in numbers since; breeders have been careful to introduce new blood lines over the years.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The 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.