Country/Date of origin: France/1700s
The small sheepdog of the Pyrenees Mountains is considered the oldest of the French herding dogs. They were used in concert with the large white sheep guardian dogs of the region. The little dog herded the sheep. The big dog watched over them. The natural abilities of this shaggy shepherd are legend - flocks being entrusted to the two different dogs without a human handler. They were officially recognized by the French Kennel Club in 1921 but it has not made much of a name for itself outside its homeland.
FCI Group: 1 (Herding)