The 400 year old breed is the descendent of the Hun and Puli breeds. Some specimens were brought to Scotland in the 16th century, fact that contributed to the development of the Bobtail and Bearded Collie breeds.
It is a medium-sized, strong, sturdy, brawny dog. The head is proportional to the body, wide, rounded, with a short muzzle ending in a big, brown or black nose. The eyes are medium-sized, brown, covered by the hair on the forehead. The ears are medium-sized, drooping and covered by the long hair on the head. It can be born without a tail or with a short tail that can be docked to keep tradition. The fur is double-layered, with a soft and fluffy inner layer and a long, thick, wiry and lustreless outer layer. The long fur also covers the legs. The colours can be various, but the most frequent ones are combinations of white with grey or black or pure grey.
It is an obedient, clever, affectionate, faithful, sensitive dog, which adapts easily. It is devoted to the family, but cautious with strangers, who will be loudly barked at. It gets along well with other pets and other dogs, as well as with children.
It needs weekly brushing to prevent the tangling of the fur. The dirt and cockleburs clinging to the fur on the legs should be removed.
It is a robust dog and it is resistant to bad weather. It needs a lot of exercise, a master that has time for various activities and exercise. It needs training, socialization and exercise.
Devoted and obedient, it can be trained easily being smart and learning fast. It likes flyball, exercise and organized activity.
It is a good watchdog for flocks of sheep and for the house, but also a pleasant companion.