Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Shetland Sheepdog breed is to the Rough Collie as the Shetland Pony is the larger type of horses. However, it is not a miniature Rough Collie and bears no relation to it.
The Shetland Sheepdog's Behavior
Recommended for: pet, working dog
The Shetland Sheepdog dog breed is lively, intelligent, and eager to please. These traits make Shetland Sheepdogs an outstanding family companion and easy to train. They are affectionate and loyal to their families but they are aloof with strangers and will not like it if they are approached without being socialized first. They make great companions for children growing up. But children should be taught to take care with them because of the dogs' vulnerability due to their small size. Herding instincts are strong with them and they love to chase things. They can easily match their owners' own level of activity.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Shetland Sheepdog's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Shetland Sheepdog breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: 13 - 16 inches
* Coat: doublecoated; outer coat: long, straight, harsh; undercoat: short, furry, dense
* Color: black, blue merle, sable
* Eyes: mid-size, dark, almond-shaped
* Ears: small, flexible, set high
* Muzzle: well-rounded, equal length to skull
* Nose: black
* Tail: long
The Shetland Sheepdog's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: Scotland
Original purpose: herding sheep
Name: derived from the Shetland Islands where it was developed, also known as the Sheltie
Historical notes: Whereas other small replicas of bigger breeds were bred by selecting smaller members, Shetland Sheepdogs were the result of the mingling of Border Collies with other herding dogs over the centuries. The breed was first recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1911.