The Shetland Sheepdog traces to the Border Collie of Scotland, which, transported to the
Shetland Islands and crossed with smaller, smart, longhaired breeds, was reduced to
miniature proportions. Subsequently crosses were made from time to time with Collies.
This breed now bears the same relationship in size and general appearance to the
Rough Collie as the Shetland Pony does to some of the larger breeds of horses.
Although the resemblance between the Shetland Sheepdog and the Rough Collie is
marked, there are differences which may be noted. The Shetland Sheepdog is a small,
alert, rough-coated, longhaired working dog. They must be sound, agile and sturdy.
Males should appear masculine; females feminine.
The Sheltie is a ''watch'' dog, not a guard dog; nor is it visually frightening. It will bark at
intruders, but after giving warning, may either retreat or escort them through your house.
One of the lovely attributes of the Sheltie is the long harsh coat. Brushing the coat for
half an hour each week can keep the Sheltie looking his best. The Sheltie will shed at
least once a year, the shedding process can be sped up by a warm bath and more
complete and more frequent brushing. Because of its small size, the Sheltie is very
adaptable to city living, as long as they are given proper exercise. Shelties are good with
children and make delightful family companions.
Did You Know
The first Shetland Sheepdog registered by the American Kennel Club (1911) was Lord
Scott, a sable imported from Shetland, Scotland by John G. Sherman, Jr. of New York.
The American Shetland Sheepdog Association, parent club of the breed, was organized
at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1929, and held its first specialty in 1933. The
Shetland Sheepdog, alias Sheltie, originated in the Shetland Islands as a small herding