Shetland Sheepdog Facts
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 13" - 16"
- 18-25 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The Shetland Sheepdog originated in Scotland.
Date Of Origin
This breed developed in the 1700's.
The Shetland sheepdog is an old breed that is descended from the dogs brought to the Shetland Islands off the Scottish coast by invading Vikings in the tenth century. These were spitz-type dogs that were similar to vallhunds. The dogs were developed as herding dogs and kept isolated until the fifteenth century, when the Shetland Islands became part of Scotland and Scottish collies were introduced to the islands. These dogs gave the sheltie a more collie-like look. The sheltie is one of many compact animals bred by Shetland islanders. It was first brought to the U.S. in the early twentieth century.
The sheltie is a small to medium size, muscular, rectangular shaped dog. It looks like a miniature collie. It has a narrow, wedge-shaped head with a skull and muzzle of equal length. The nose is black and the eyes are almond shaped and brown or blue or a combination of the two. The small ears are folded when at rest and semi-erect when alert. The thick, long tail is set low and there is a double coat with a dense undercoat and a long, straight outer coat. The coat forms a mane at the neck and trousers at the thighs and may be black, blue, merel, sable, or mostly white, with or without tan or white markings.
This is an intelligent, hardworking, trainable dog. It is affectionate with its family but wary with strangers. It is responsive and prone to barking, making it a good watchdog.
It is above all an intelligent herder, capable both of commanding large cattle and holding small sheep in check. Because of its beauty and kindness, it has become an outstanding companion dog.
Epilepsy, eye problems, hip dysplasia, sheltie skin syndrome, thyroid problems, von Willebrand?s disease
The sheltie does best with an active owner in a rural or suburban home. As an owner, it is very important to brush this breeds coat daily to keep it from over shedding and matting up.
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