Breed Information Centre

Shetland Sheepdog

Description

Illustration of Shetland Sheepdog

The small Isles of Shetland, off the Northeast Coast of Scotland, have produced animals suitable for the small acreage: the Shetland Sheepdog and the Shetland pony are two examples. It is thought that the Scottish Sheepdogs, the rootstock of the Collie, Border Collie and Bearded Collie, also played a part in Shetland Sheepdog ancestry.

When the breed was first entered at Crufts in 1906 it was shown as a miniature Collie: but a detailed look at the two Standards will reveal subtle differences. In modern times the Shetland Sheepdog has been successful not only in the show ring but in obedience and agility and its sweet temperament has won it a firm place as one of the most popular family companions

Breed Group
Pastoral
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Small
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
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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