Non-sporting Breeds

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 14 in (37cm) Bitch: 14 in (35.5cm)
Coat: Outer coat of long, straight, harsh-textured hair; soft, short-haired, close undercoat
Color: Sable, tricolor, blue merle, black and white, or black and tan

The Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie originated in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland. It resembles a Rough Collie in miniature, with its thick double coat to protect it from the elements in its rigorous native habitat. It is believed to descend from working collies, the Iceland or Yakki Dogs that sometimes reached these islands on whalers, and, possibly, the black and tan King Charles Spaniel. The Shetland Sheepdog is an excellent choice of family pet for those seeking an intelligent, faithful dog that enjoys exercise, gets on well with children, and makes a fine show and obedience animal. It requires daily grooming using a stiff-bristled brush and a comb. Despite having originated in cold climes, it should not be kenneled outside.
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