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Shetland Sheepdog: History and Appearance
History
The Shetland Sheepdog gets its name from the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Whether the Collie was bred larger from a Shetland Sheepdog or the Shetland Sheepdog was bred smaller from the Collie is unclear, however, both bear a strong similarity in appearance, if not size. Breed historians have also determined that they share some of the same DNA.
It is believed that much of the Shetland Sheepdog’s small stature comes from the rough Shetland Islands where they are believed to have originated from. Much of this is based on speculation, as there are no certain records other than a long standing historical tradition of using Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies to watch over flocks of sheep in Scotland and its surrounding areas.
The Shetland Sheepdog was a working farm dog. The breed watched over the flocks, guarded the stock, kept animals out of the fields and gardens, and was even considered a family companion. When the breed was finally discovered, residents of the Shetland Islands found them to be an extra source of income, as there were many who were willing to pay for the pups. Savvy owners soon took care in breeding, and eventually a standard was developed, though Shetland Sheepdogs can still have some variety in sizing. It is believed that the breed may have been crossed with the Collie or vice versa to develop a specific type, but there are only a few records supporting this.
The Sheltie experienced a great deal of difficulty in developing a standard, as so many clubs were started to support the breed. Each club called for a different standard and for different breeding practices. For a time, it was difficult to get the Shetland Sheepdog to breed “true to type” as many of the “types” called for were completely different. Eventually, all of the clubs associated with the breed revised their standards to something somewhat similar.
Isolated in Shetland Island and parts of Scotland for many years, the Shetland Sheepdog did not even appear in a dog show until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1909, the Shetland Sheepdog, or “Sheltie” as it is known, was recognized by England’s Kennel Club. The breed, though it resembled a Collie in smaller form, was named the Shetland Sheepdog, as Collie fanciers did not want to share the name.
The first Shetland Sheepdogs came to America in 1908 and was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1911. Yet for a very long period, there were not many suitable specimens for breeding. The Sheltie experienced some difficulty in getting a strong start in the United States, as it suffered drawbacks during both World Wars. The wars limited the availability of suitable breeding specimens for import, and played a big role in changing the breed. Several breed clubs were started in America to support the breed, and with careful planning and practice, the Shetland Sheepdog was able to breed true to type in the U.S. It should be noted that the types of dogs that were available for import or export following each war caused as significant difference in the size of Shelties from America and those from England. This is recognized by clubs in both countries.
The Shetland Sheepdog of today is still highly valued as a working farm dog, guard dog, and herding dog. The breed also does extremely well as a show dog, and as a competitor in agility, herding, and obedience trials.
Appearance
The Shetland Sheepdog truly does have the appearance of a miniature Collie, though there are some small differences. Overall, the breed is small and quite symmetrical in proportion. The breed has long, rough coat and the alert, intelligent, hardworking disposition of a working dog.
The Shetland Sheepdog grows from 13 to 16 inches at the highest part of the shoulder. The body is somewhat long, though the back is actually quite short.
The head is wedge shaped, and has a delicate and chiseled appearance. The head features symmetrical contours and shaping. The top of the head and cheeks are flat, merging gently into the muzzle. The muzzle and head are of equal length. The muzzle is rounded, with a black nose. The upper and under jaw are of the same length. The lips meet smoothly together, covering an even scissors bite. The Shetland Sheepdog’s eyes should be almond shaped, medium sized, and dark in color. Eyes may be merle or blue only if the dog’s coat is of the same coloring. The ears are carried high, and are small for the dog’s size. The Sheltie’s neck and back should be strong and straight. There is a slight tuck up of the abdomen. The legs are straight, well-muscled and of good bone. The tail is long, and usually carried down.
Sheltie’s have a double coat, with long, harsh, straight hair on the outer coat and an undercoat of short, wool-like fur. Hair on the face and ears is short, with ample feathering on the legs and tail. Coloring is black, blue merle, and various shades of sable. The dog usually has white or tan markings.
The Sheltie should have a temperament that is alert, intelligent, and somewhat reserved.
Showing a Shetland Sheepdog
In show, the Shetland Sheepdog is expected to have an appearance that conforms to the elegance and symmetry of the breed. Eyes that are set too low, round, or large are considered faults; as are hound, prick, bat, or twisted ears. The neck and back should not be too short, roached, or swayed. Problems with the dog’s feet, joints, or legs will also be faulted. The tail should not be short or twisted. The coat should not be short, curly, wavy, or soft. Coloring should not be faded.
Shelties that are above or below the required height will be disqualified. Brindle colored Shelties are not permitted in show. The gait should be swift and smooth, without jerkiness or hopping steps. Temperament should not display shyness, aggression, or any kind of nervousness.

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