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Shetland Sheepdog


Other Names

Sheltie, Shetland Collie, Miniature Collie

History

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.

Appearance

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

Herding

Height

13-16 inches

Weight

16-20 lbs

Activity Level

High

Tempermant

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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