The Shetland Sheepdog, a herding dog descended from the Scottish Rough Collie, is renowned for being loyal, gentle, and intelligent.
A wonderful family dog, the Shetland Sheepdog is fiercely devoted, affectionate, and responsive. He does best on farms, although if given enough exercise, he may adapt to different types of habitation.
Shelties succeed in obedience, agility, and herding events because they are clever, eager, and simple to teach. They are excellent watchdogs who don’t hold back when they bark.
The Shetland Sheepdog belongs to the herding group and is tiny, active, and agile. The Sheltie resembles a little, rough-coated Collie due to his small size, wedge-shaped head, erect ears, and long, straight coat.
12 to 14 years
White is combined with one or two additional colours, such as black, tan, blue merle, sable, and sable merle, to create the Shetland Sheepdog coat.
The double coat of the Shetland Sheepdog sheds a lot. It needs to be brushed at least once a week, and more frequently during the shedding season because of its dense, short undercoat and long, straight outside coat.
Additionally, owners must look for mats that might develop on the hindquarters, under the elbows, and behind the ears. Shelties shouldn’t be shaved and only sometimes need to take a bath.
Shetland Sheepdogs are generally healthy thanks to proper breeding. Breeders should conduct screenings for disorders such epilepsy, dermatomyositis, gallbladder mucoceles, von Willebrand’s disease, thyroid problems, and hip dysplasia.
Shetland Sheepdogs were developed by farmers to herd sheep, chickens, and other types of animals on the untamed Shetland Islands.
The Sheltie’s small stature, like that of Shetland ponies, makes him easier to feed than his cousin the Rough Collie or other larger herding dogs—a benefit in a harsh environment where food is more limited.
We don’t know precisely when Shelties were bred down to their smaller size because there are no records from breeders on the Shetland Islands. In fact, until the early 1900s, the rest of Britain knew very little about this breed because of the Shetland Islands’ isolation.
The Shetland Collie breed was initially acknowledged in 1909 by the English Kennel Club. Advocates for the Collie lobbied for a name change, and the Shetland Sheepdog was officially recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1911.