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Shetland Sheepdog


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

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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