The Sheltland Sheepdog is an extremely intelligent and playful herding dog who loves playing with children and learning new tricks. Shelties are easy to train and are world-class competitors in obedience, agility, and herding trials. They’re loyal and affectionate with their family but can be reserved toward strangers. (Bonus: This trait makes them excellent watchdogs—like an alarm system that likes to cuddle.)
As a herding dog, they can be inclined to bark at and herd people. Shetland Sheepdogs thrive on the farm, but adapt to many living situations if given proper exercise. As is common with other herding breeds, They like to chase moving things, including cars and other motor vehicles, and should have a well-fenced yard and be walked on a leash. They do well as city dogs as long as the owners provide sufficient exercise. Very intelligent and trainable, the Sheltie will reach his best potential a companion when given training in basic manners at the very minimum
Did You Know?
The Shetland Sheepdog, as its name implies, is essentially a working Collie in miniature.
The first Sheltie registered by the AKC (1911) was "Lord Scott", who was imported from Shetland by John G. Sherman, Jr. of New York.
The Sheltie was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1909 but did not receive separate classification as the Sheltie (apart from Collie) until 1914.
The Sheltie is one of the most successful obedience breeds.
The American Shetland Sheepdog Association, parent club of the breed, was organized at the Westminster Kennel Club in 1929, and held its first specialty show in 1933.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & White||019|
|Black White & Tan||034|
|Blue Merle & White||051|
|Blue Merle White & Tan||052|
|Sable & White||165|
|Sable Merle & White||277|
|Black & Tan||018|
|White & Black||202|
|White & Sable||215|
|White & Sable Merle||296|
|White Black & Tan||219|
|White Blue Merle||266|
|White Blue Merle & Tan||265|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|