Breed Information Centre

Shetland Sheepdog


Illustration of Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Islands off northeast Scotland lay claim to a number of animals small in size. The Shetland Sheepdog is one – an active, intelligent and glamorous dog, who always wants to be ‘on the go’ and is virtually tireless. His soft undercoat and harsh outer coat make him well able to withstand the winter elements. A cheerful little dog, he is affectionate with his owner, but a little reserved with strangers. He is alert, makes a good house pet and is easy to train in both obedience and agility.

It was a Shetlander called Loggie who standardised the breed for the show ring and it was first entered at Crufts in 1906, where it was shown as a miniature Collie.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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