The Shetland Sheepdog was first recognized in 1909 by the English Kennel Club. This breed is also known as the "sheltie". Many wonder where they came from prior to this. In the 1800's the breed was brought from the Shetland Isles to the mainlands, and used to herd sheep.
They were bred from the original sheepdog of the Shetland Islands and the working collie. It is believed that they were bred to flock and herd.
The Shetland Sheepdog is most commonly related to today's Border Collie. The breed was originally known as the Shetland Collie until 1914. Then, the English Kennel Club changed the name to Shetland Sheepdog.
This was considered a completely different breed. Some breeders did not like the look of these dogs. This resulted in crossbreeding. The breeding was meant to improve the biography of the breed, even if it was not a necessity.
This is a truly beautiful dog. It resembles a miniature collie. The dog comes in three main colors. These are sable, tri-color, and blue merle. Sable is a golden mahogany color.
Tri-color is mainly black, white, and tan. Blue merle is a mix of these colors with a grayish tint over the coat. Bi-black and bi-blue are a little less common, but still available.
This breed has a double coat. The top coat is made up of rough hairs that guard the body, and the undercoat is both thick and soft. The height ranges from 13 to 16 inches. They normally weigh anywhere from 11 to 30 pounds.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a family-friendly dog. They are very loyal, lovable, and smart too!
This dog is very obedient. They listen to people well because of the high level of intelligence they carry. Shelties are one of the brightest dog breeds.
These dogs are best fit in homes where they can express themselves vocally. They may look sweet and innocent, but they have a very alarming bark.
This comes in handy if they are being raised as watchdogs. Sometimes, they are somewhat shy. This can be resolved by giving them the proper attention and love that they deserve.
Others seem to take on the personality of a terrier. This means that they can show some hyperactivity. They all have their own personalities, just like people.
They all deserve the proper love and care that they need to survive. Give them plenty of time to run around, so that they do not get bored.
Be sure to brush their coat at least one time a week. Their undercoat will shed two times a year.
After caring for your Shetland Sheepdog they will reward you with their affection. It will surely be worth it in the end. This is a wonderful dog to invite into your home.