It was brought to Wales over 2000 years ago by the Celts. Later, some crossbreedings were made with the Northern and English dogs. In 1933 it was brought to the court of England by the Duke of York, fact that contributed to its popularity and spreading.
It is a small sized-dog, with a rather long, strong and vigorous body. The trapezoidal head has a muzzle shorter than the skull. The eyes are medium-sized, set apart and dark. The ears are large, round ended and erect. The tail is long, bushy and kept low. The coat is double layered with a thick, soft, water resistant inner layer and a rough, medium-length, fox-like outer layer, that can have any color except pure white. It has white areas on the neck, chest, legs, belly, tip of the tail and face (but not more than 30%).
Although it is a small-sized dog, it is energetic and lively. It is an intelligent, clever, hard working, brave and eager to learn dog. It is playful, cheerful and affectionate with the family and friends but suspicious of strangers. They have the bad habit of biting if they weren't trained from an early age. That is why they are not recommended around children. It treats other dogs with indifference and if it was socialized from an early age, it also accepts other household animals.
The coat does not require special care. Occasional brushing and more frequent during the shedding period is enough.
It's not a pretentious animal, it is sturdy and resistant to weather changes, it loves nature and the outdoors, exercise and canine sportive activities, without which it would get bored.
It can be trained easily because it's intelligent and it's a fast learner. It needs to be educated from an early age not to bite, because this bad habit is in its genes - it bites animals by the feet, to make them move. During the growing period, long walks and activities are not recommended.
It is used as a watchdog for flocks, houses and as companion. It is rarely used for hunting or mountain rescue.