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Shetland Sheepdog

Other Names

Sheltie, Shetland Collie, Miniature Collie


The Sheltland Sheepdog's history originates from the Border Collie of Scotland. It was transported to the Shetland Islands where it was bred with small, longhaird dog breeds and became a smaller dog. Shelties worked on the farm and guarded homes, herds and flocks from intruders.


Small sized, alert, sturdy, long wedge shaped head, effortless gait

Color and Coat

Double coated, with long harsh and straight outer-coat. Colors of the Shetland Sheepdog include black, blue merle and sable. They are marked with white and/or tan.

AKC Group



13-16 inches


16-20 lbs

Activity Level



Great family companion, loyal, affectionate, excitable, energetic

Other Facts

Because Shelties are herding dogs, they will try to bark at and herd people. They tend to be standoffish towards strangers and should be socialized from a young age. Shelties love to work physically and mentally and excel in agility and competitive exercises.
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