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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Shetland Sheepdog belongs to the Herding Group.


20 lbs.


13–16 inches


The coat is black, blue merle and sable, ranging from golden through mahogany. Markings include varying amounts of white and or tan.


The Shetland Sheepdog sports a double coat. The short undercoat is dense and furry. The long outer coat is straight and harsh.



The energetic Shetland Sheepdog wears a gentle and intelligent expression. This breed is a sturdy dog that is friendly to other pets.

Country of Origin:

Scotland (Shetland Islands)


The forerunners of the Shetland Sheepdog are the herding dogs of Scotland, including the Border Collie and Scottish Rough Collies. They developed on the Shetland Islands in relative isolation. The Shelties had roles as farm dogs and herding dogs. They herded sheep, ponies and chickens and kept them away from cultivated land.


Named for Shetland Islands, Scotland. Nicknames: Sheltie, Miniature Collie


This affectionate dog is bright and willing to please. The Sheltie is attached to its family, but may be reserved or timid with strangers.



Owners will appreciate the ease of training. The Shetland Sheepdog’s nature is to obey. This responsive breed performs very well in obedience trial competitions.


With its good stamina, the Sheltie enjoys a good walk or a jog. Running in open spaces is a favourite past-time. Allow mental and physical exercise. Activities can include jumping, tracking, herding, and flyball. This breed will chase squirrels and ducks. The Sheltie might try to herd people, especially smaller children.


The Shetland Sheepdog makes a great housedog. Owners need to take in account this breed’s small size and possible injuries. Supervise children so they do not injure this pet. Provide a safe space. Take care that there is no running near a road. This breed loves to chase cars. With its watchdog abilities, the Sheltie might bark two or three times to announce someone at the door. Monitor their diet to avoid overeating.


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