It is a very old breed and, according to some specialists, descendent of the Iceland Dog. It was used as a dog good at everything (guarding, shepherding or hunting). It is also known in other countries like England and Australia, where it is very appreciated, being international acknowledged since 1970.
It is a medium-sized dog, with a square-shaped, well built body. It has a wide, triangular head, a slightly conical muzzle, black nose and eyes and foxlike look. The ears are medium towards large- sized, triangular, round-ended, placed at the back of the skull and very mobile. The tail is short, thick and carried on the back. The fur is double-layered, with a fluffy, soft, short inner layer and an outer layer which has a rough, thick, long and smooth hair. The colours are: straw-yellow, cream or (rarely) black with a little white.
It is an intelligent, brave, dynamic, noisy dog, with a very well-developed sense (hearing, smell, sight), it is watchful and attentive. Devoted and affectionate with the family, it accepts children. It gets along well with other dogs and other household animals. The arrival of strangers is announced.
This dog's fur must be combed during the shedding period to remove dead hair.
It is a dog resistant to weather changes, which feels good outdoors and in areas with a colder climate, with an active family. It needs activity and exercise. It needs socialization and training.
It is an intelligent, eager to learn dog, which is why it is easy to train. With an consistent, firm, varied and gentle training, good results can be achieved. It likes exercise, canine sports and is happy playing fetch and running alongside a bike.
It is used as a watchdog for cattle, for hunting or as a pet.