He originated in the British Isles and is one of the oldest herding breeds
He's existed for 3000 years
He comes from the same line of dogs as the Dachshund
He was used to nip at the heels of cattle to guide them and his low height meant the kicks of the cattle would fly over his head
Personality and Behavior
He's very intelligent
He bonds closely with his master
He has a lot of stamina
He's wary of strangers and takes while to warm up to them
He's loyal to his family and shows his affection with hugs and kisses
The herding instinct runs in his blood and he may try to herd people, especially children, by nipping at their heels
He's very easy to train. He learns commands very quickly.
He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.
Grooming / Maintenance
His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).