Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 14½ 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.