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Name of breed:
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC
Size: Height at withers: dogs 37cm
bitches 35.5 cm (14 in)
Coat: Outer coat straight,
harsh-textured hair; soft, short-hairded, close undercoat.
Colors: Sable, tricolor, blue merle,
black and white, and black and tan.
The Shetland Sheepdog or
Sheltie originated in the Shetland islands off the north coast of Scotland where it has
bred true for more then 135 years. It resembles a Rough Collie in miniature, with its
thick double coat to protect it from the elements in its rigorous native habitat. It is
believed to descend from working collies, the Iceland or Yakki Dogs which sometimes
reached these islands on whalers and, possibly, the black and tan King Charles Spaniel. The
Sheltie was recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1909 and a breed club was formed in
Character and care
Sheepdog is an excellent choice of family pet for those seeking an intelligent, faithful
dog which enjoys exercise, gets on well with children and makes a fine show and obedience
animal. It requires daily grooming using a stiff bristled brush and a comb. Despite having
originated in cold climes, it should not be kenneled outside.