|The Shetland Sheepdog, (above, Ch Dippersmoor Damask at Sandwick)familiarly known as the Sheltie,comes from the Shetland Islands in the north east of Scotland and was originally known as the Shetland Collie. He acquired his present name when the Shetland Sheepdog Club was formed in Lerwick in 1908. A Shetlander by the name of Loggie worked to create a standardised breed type and the breed was first shown at Crufts in 1906 as a Miniature Collie.
The Shetland Sheepdog was used as herding - both sheep and cattle - dogs and also as an alert guard of the croft. Extremely biddable today they excel at Obedience because of their great desire to please. The guarding element in the Shetland nature means that they are reserved towards strangers, but never nervous. They are very active dogs; their dainty appearance belies their great energy, though they are equally happy as a busy housedog as going for long walks.
The Shetland sheepdog is an intelligent breed and enjoys being challenged and Agility and Obedience suit their talents very well. They stand around 14" at the shoulder and a wide range of colours are permissible. The coat is dense with a heavy mane and frill (the longer hair below the neck) and breechings. In all colours except black and tan, white markings are preferred; these can be any or all of the following - a blaze, collar and chest, frill, legs and tip of tail - butt never on the body. Abundant as the Shetland Sheepdog coat is, it is easy enough to keep with regular brushing and something a little more vigorous during Spring and Autumn when he is changing coat.
The key to the Shetland Sheepdog is balance; every part of him should be balanced and proportionate in itself and in harmony with the whole. A happy outgoing dog they are deservedly popular family pets.
Click to read the Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard.
Shetland Sheepdog Breed Clubs
Shetland Sheepdog Rescue and Rehoming
Contact a Breed Club. They should be able to give you information about any Sheltie requiring a new home and procedures for re-homing; if you are in the unfortunate position of having to re-home your own Sheltie, please go through breed rescue. They will not be judgmental and are best able to find the right permanent home for him.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders
Puppies and dog breeders have moved to our newly re-designed Puppyfinder website where we have full page advertisements for puppies and the opportunity for breeders to have their own profile pages and blog. No designer breeds or puppy farmers, just breeders who care about their dogs as much as you do.
Ethical breeders are invited to register their kennel on Puppyfinder for just £10pa. This allows you to list litters, litters planned and stud dogs